Alcom Telecommunications
Phone solutions partner

Festival Information System Services partner

Town Hall Theatre
Venue/ticketing partner

Print solutions

Available for all sizes of jobs, from one-off single documents to large scale, large quantity print runs of banners, brochures, posters, pull-ups and other printed materials.

Galway Rowing Club
Festival HQ (after party venue)

Design Associates
Graphic Designers

The Connacht Hotel

10% discount to all accommodation booked through the Fleadh use promo code “DIRECT” to avail. Click here to book online now.

The Connacht Hotel is a popular Galway hotel, located on the main Dublin road as you enter Galway City Centre. The hotel has a great advantage of extensive free parking and a regular bus route close by the hotel entrance with direct access to the city centre and business parks.

Due to its prime location, The Connacht Hotel is the accommodation choice for many people who visit Galway, for business and pleasure. Within close proximity to the city centre, tourist attractions, hospitals and Galway’s largest corporate business parks and industrial estates.

The Connacht Hotel has recently launched a new lunch menu and its spacious and comfortable restaurant is ideal for groups of any size. Bar Solo is a popular bar with locals and residents alike serving a top selection of drinks including an extensive cocktail menu. Active Fitness the leisure centre in the Connacht Hotel is Galway’s only 24 hour gym. In addition to the gym itself Active has a fantastic swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room for guests.

Róisín Dubh
Late Bar/Venue

Undoubtedly one of the best music and comedy venues in the country, we bring established talent to the city while also providing a stage for emerging artists. With a great atmosphere, wonderful staff, and a real commitment and passion to music and comedy, it’s one of the best places to see the best national and international acts around.

Róisín Dubh has long been the home of comedy in Galway. Many great acts including Stewart Lee, Phill Jupitus & Rich Hall, list it as being one of their top 10 venues in the world.

For over 12 years, Strange Brew has been running on Thursday nights. One of Ireland’s longest running club nights, it has been instrumental in providing a stage to the more alternative spectrum of artists that would not have a platform to play otherwise in a town where most venues prefer to take an easier, blander approach to live music. Many of the most successful alternative acts in Ireland today, such as Two Door Cinema Club, Villagers, Le Galaxie, Delorentos, Jape & And So I Watch You From Afar, all started out playing free shows at Strange Brew in Roisin Dubh on Thursday.

Roisin Dubh is one of the most Popular Late Bar in Town – for good reason.

Hyde Bar and Gin Parlour
Restaurant/Drinks Parlour

An ultimate dining experience like no other!

is an exciting addition to the Galway social scene. After conducting extensive research we have created a venue unlike any other in the city. Hyde is elegant stylish and refined, just like the customers we are here to serve. Outstanding service is our core value.

The best form of marketing is word of mouth and we intend to deliver a product that speaks for itself, from a genuinely and heartfelt welcome when you enter this building, right through your dining or drinking experience.

Thomas Woodberry's Wines
Fine Wines

We are about wines with personality – wines that can be enjoyed any time with or without food.

It is important for us to stock wines that are about value for money, meeting certain prices; if that means sourcing wines direct from winemakers and producers – that’s what we do. Our range has developed over the last 10 years, additions to our range reflecting both traditional and innovative producers.

Tigh Neachtain

Stocking a large and varied selection of drinks at the bar, from little known craft beers to rare and vintage whiskey’s and scotch we are positive there is something for everyone at Tigh Neachtains. And if you're looking for something special we also stock our own home brewed beers which we hope you will love as much as we do. To learn more about our beers click here.

Here at Tigh Neachtains we are always getting involved with something, we love supporting local cultural festivals and groups. We are big advocates for arts and music and we live to celebrate the wonderful offerings from some of the best home grown talent there is! View our up-coming events here.

An Púcán

We are an award winning pub and a well-known traditional music venue, just off Eyre Square, where you can find a session every day of the week. The ideal place to visit if you want that authentic traditional Irish bar.

Well known for its excellent food and selection of drinks, An Púcán boasts it’s own whiskey a collaboration with Teeling Whiskeys amongst its selection of over 210 whiskeys and its very own Gin, called Eglinton Gin. The venue has one of the most impressive outdoor areas of any bar in the country, known locally as The Garden, this area has quickly become the place to be seen in Galway.

A late night venue at the weekend with great live bands, it’s one of the most popular places to watch sport with ten tv’s including two large screens it’s the place to follow your favourite team.


This trendy craft beer bar is one of the best places to get in early and hang out with your mates. There’s a trunk full of board games to break out across the tables, and the massive craft beer selection on tap is always changing, featuring breweries from across the world.

They've got a bar food/nibbles menu which which pairs perfectly with a cold pint of craft beer! They also have your pub standards like Heineken, and spirits.

For a seriously cool and friendly pub with an upbeat, youthful vibe, Caribou should be your go-to.

Gaslight Bar & Brasserie

Boasting an unrivalled location overlooking Eyre Square, the fabulous Gaslight Bar & Brasserie at Hotel Meyrick offers the perfect solution for Lunch, Dinner or light bites before or after screenings. Visit their website.

With its vibrant atmosphere; cool, comfortable vibe; abundance of natural light and views out over Eyre Square to watch the world go by, it’s your perfect base for this year’s Film Fleadh

Enjoy honest, delicious food options, paired with an expertly chosen wine list and an innovative cocktail menu.

Enjoy Lunch options from €7.95 for our Daily Soup & Sandwich Special, or 2 course Evening Meal from €23.00 per person. Or indulge yourself and enjoy our limited edition Cocktail Afternoon tea :€25.00 per person. Available from 1p.m. - 6p.m. daily.

The Gaslight opens daily from 10.30am till late. Contact 091 564041 to book.

Brasserie on the Corner

Located on the corner of Eglinton & Mary Street offers the very best in upscale casual dining with dishes that are expertly prepared and presented simply in a buzzing, yet relaxed atmosphere. Serving the best sea-food dishes created from the freshest fish, top quality locally-sourced steaks, vegetarian dishes crafted from the finest local seasonal produce, every taste tells a story at Brasserie on the Corner. Menus have been carefully created by award winning head chef, Joe Flaherty using the best quality ingredients from local producers such as Renvyle Mussels, Gannet’s Fishmongers & McGeough’s Butchers. This is food with a sense of place from Galway’s great natural larder.

The restaurant also offers an extensive drinks menus with over 40 wines from boutique vineyards around the world, mouth watering cocktails and whiskies.

Brasserie on the Corner opens daily from 11am until 10pm

McGinn's Hop House

We’ve put a lot of love and effort into creating McGinn’s and we really hope you get to enjoy the fruits of our hard work. The reclaimed interior and our wood fired pizza oven took a lot of graft but it has all paid off.

We had a blast on opening night and every night since… come and see something just a little bit different right in the heart of Galway city. We think you’ll love it!

Great Drinks
We’ve got whiskeys, gins, craft beers and more. We have 19 draught taps to quench that mighty thirst of yours. We are loving McGinn’s cocktails too so get on down and try some for yourself.

Great Food
McGinn’s is most proud of its Wood Fired Pizzas. But don’t be fooled – we got a lot more than that. We have Granny McGinn’s famous brekkie every morning as well as tasty lunches and wood fired snacks all day.

Great Atmosphere
We have a really cool reclaimed interior with furnishings from just about every corner of the globe. We’ve got the pizzas, the beers, the cocktails, the sports and more… all we need now is you!

Corrib Tea Rooms & Guesthouse

Fresh, locally inspired daily menus bursting with flavour served in a beautiful setting overlooking Galway’s famous Salmon Weir

Step back in time and join us in Corrib House Tearooms for breakfast, lunch, teas and coffee. The beautifully restored Georgian Townhouse is the perfect place to unwind and relax overlooking Galway’s famous Salmon Weir . Corrib House opened its doors to the public in October 2011 and has steadily become a favorite hangout of both locals and tourists alike.

The emphasis here is on fresh, simple and local dishes at reasonable prices. The daily changing menu reflects this with everything made in house each morning. Corrib House serve a selection of breakfast options from 9.30-12am and lunch is available from 12:15 to 3 with an ever changing selection of delicious cakes and treats laid out on our front counter until 5pm daily, such as sponge cake with fresh cream and jam, carrot cake with a lime mascapone icing, caramelized almond squares, gluten free brownies to name just a few.

We are passionate about our coffee and are the only cafe in Galway to carry the distinctive Fixx coffee blend. All beans are ethically sourced from coffee farms dedicated to natural methods of cultivation and quality. All waiting staff undergo professional barista training.


Gemelle’s is a cosy family run restaurant in the heart of the Latin Quarter of Ireland’s favourite city, Galway.

Paulie Donnellan, the owner and head chef of Gemelle’s is a local Galway businessman who opened his first restaurant in Middle Street. To celebrate the birth of his twin daughters Paulie moved to Quay Street in 1998 and renamed the restaurant Gemelle’s – Italian for twins. With his son Dylan and the twins, Amie and Sarah, Paulie has ensured that the restaurant stays run by the family, bringing a personal touch to everything done in the restaurant.

Born and reared in Galway, Paulie has seen many changes in the city, however, community spirit has always loomed large in his business ethics. Paulie has vowed to support small local businesses in the food and drink industry.

He sources his product from Galway based suppliers as well as small family run businesses from all over the country. Having been recently refurbished the restaurant brings a mix of old and new school to the table. With an extensive ‘Wine on Tap Menu’ and a range of craft beers Gemelle’s caters for everyone.

Gemelle’s never fails to disappoint on value, every night of the week, making sure that enjoyment is at a maximum.

Handsome Burger

The Handsome lads have had Galway drooling for burgers from the moment they stepped out on the market scene, and now they’re here to stay.

They started with just a grille and a marquee, and now they’ve graduated to a proper kitchen with a big burger-hungry following. Find them at their recently opened restaurant on Dominick Street.

Their menu is small, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have an easy time deciding. The original Handsome special steals hearts with sticky fried onions, special sauce, homemade pickles and a juicy local beef patty, perfectly paired with homemade potato salad or chips fried in beef drippings. And their veggie Bhaji Burger is popular with vegetarians and burger-lovers alike for its Indian-style goodness. That’s only a taste!
Properly sound, locally sourced and always delicious.



Galway’s Junior Film Fleadh, the young audiences arm of the prestigious Galway Film Fleadh, is moving into its new home at Pálás Galway this year. And with the move, comes a new emphasis on being a festival for everyone, while keeping the focus on young people. The programme of cinema for the 2018 Junior Film Fleadh is much bigger than in previous years, with films running all day long from Tuesday 6th– Saturday 10thNovember, including the Irish Premiere of comedian Bo Burnham’s highly anticipated Eighth Grade, director Crystal Moselles’ dramatic debut Skate Kitchen, and a special 25th anniversary presentation of Richard Linklater’s classic Dazed and Confused.

“We’ve put together a programme for everyone to come out and enjoy because what we don’t want, is for the Junior Film Fleadh to be the festival version of the kids table,” said Programme Director Will Fitzgerald. “We’re not going to present watered-down cinema to young audiences while the adults enjoy all the hottest new films at the big sister Fleadh in July. Our program is youth-focused but is meant to bring generations together to share in the magic of cinema, and the themes and concerns that the films portray.”

This year’s Junior Film Fleadh is will present some highly anticipated new fiction films and documentaries. Skate Kitchen is the first fiction film from Crystal Moselle, who directed the critically acclaimed 2015 documentary, The WolfpackSkate Kitchen stars the members of a real life all-girl skate crew in New York, who caught the director’s attention on social media and inspired the film. Established names rounding out the cast are Jaden Smith (The Pursuit of Happiness, The Karate Kid) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is The New Black).

Eighth Grade is the feature directing debut of comedian Bo Burnham, who was inspired by his own school struggles with anxiety, and cast lead actress Elsie Fisher after he noticed her on YouTube. After the film was given an unfair ‘R’ rating, free public screenings of Eighth Grade were organised in all fifty states in the U.S. by distributor A24, who were determined that young people should be able to see it.

Metal Heart is a new, Irish coming-of-age dramedy about twins sisters Emma and Chantal, whose sibling rivalry threatens to boil over when they’re left alone for the summer. Metal Heart is the feature directing debut of Irish actor Hugh O’Conor (Handsome Devil, Mary Shelley) and stars the Galway Film Fleadh’s 2018 Bingham Ray New Talent Award winner Jordanne Jones, who will both present the film and discuss with the audience after the screening.

Documentaries include Science Fair, a thrilling journey following a diverse mix of teenagers whose goal is to compete in the annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a highly competitive showcase of the world’s top young scientific minds. Every year, over 1,700 students from 75 countries compete at ISEF, for the coveted top prize that, as one previous winner explains, “will change your life in ways you won’t even comprehend.”

The documentary Amal embarks on a 6 year compelling journey from childhood to adulthood with a feisty teenager growing up in post-revolution Egypt. Amal enjoys playing soccer and going to protest marches with her friends, amidst constant political turmoil. Amal learns the limitations of a patriarchal society, while searching for her place, identity and sexuality in an Arab police state.

There will be a hugely enjoyable programme of classic films – to be revisited, or discovered for the first time – that contextualises the teen movie and its history. Films like Rebel Without a Cause (1955), starring James Dean in his most famous and final role; George Lucas’s forerunner to Star Wars, American Graffiti (1973), and more, will all be celebrated as early examples of teenage representation in Hollywood. While Richard Linklater’s 1993 modern classic Dazed and Confused will be rolled out to celebrate 25 years since it was released with its ensemble cast of up-and-comers: Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey and Milla Jovovich. The Kids In America classic film programme will run each evening at the Pálás from 8:30pm.

In the way of classic Irish films, we’ve also programmed a special screening of Margo Harkin’s classic Hush-a-bye Baby – shot on 16mm film in Derry and Donegal, and was a groundbreaking film about sexuality and women’s rights in Ireland. The story, about a pregnant Irish girl trying to contact her boyfriend in British prison, is set in Derry in 1984 and was directly influenced by the moral panic which beset Ireland during the first abortion referendum in 1983. The film also features the acting debut of the young Sinéad O’Connor, who also wrote the musical score.

Speaking of classic films, the Junior Film Fleadh kicks off its Saturday programming with a big-screen presentation of some cult classic animations from Fleischer Studios. The stars featured will include Superman, Popeye and Betty Boop. These cartoons had a massive influence of the generations of animators that would follow in their trailblazing footsteps, and who would go on to create many of the television, short and feature length animations we enjoy today. “And what are Saturday morning cartoons without cereal?” asked Fitzgerald. “We’ll have a limited supply of your favourite breakfast cereals to give out to audience members attending our Saturday morning animation programme. Because that’s another tradition that brings different generations of kids together!”

The Junior Film Fleadh will continue to fulfil its education remit, with school bookings available for French, German and Spanish language films on Tuesday  – Thursday mornings, followed by Irish language and social education films playing in the afternoon. These include films like Around Here, a rural Irish coming-of-age drama, exploring themes of mental health. Around Here will be presented by director Martin Beirne who will be on hand for discussion after the screening. And Director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America) will present Shelter Me, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the take-over of Apollo House in Dublin on Christmas 2016. An insightful look at Ireland’s homelessness crisis, Sheridan produced and stars in the documentary, and will take part in a post-screening Q+A. Our scheduled screenings for The Chessplayer, Miss Impossible, Keeper and Mountain Miracle have sold out but we have additional availability Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon + Friday morning. Please contact the office for more information.

For the full line-up of feature films, short films and filmmaking workshops taking place as part of the 2018 Junior Film Fleadh, visit this page. Teachers can make group bookings via this link or by calling 091 562200. Individual tickets can also be purchased via the website or on the door.

The Junior Film Fleadh takes place from November 6th– 10that Pálás Galway.