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.

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.

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

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.


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.


Frequently asked questions

How to get tickets? Where to stay? Where to eat, drink and be merry? We've got you covered.

32nd Galway Film Fleadh online Tuesday 7th July 2020

When is the Galway Film Fleadh?

The 2020 Fleadh will run from Tuesday 7th to Sunday 12th of July.

How do I book tickets?

Tickets for a selected number of screenings are on sale from June 4th. For more information on the screenings, click here. The full 31st Galway Film Fleadh programme will be available from 6p.m. G.M.T. on Tuesday June 25th from our website and our brochure which will be available around Galway city.

All bookings are handled by our ticketing partner, The Town Hall Theatre Galway. Tickets may be purchased from our website, in person at their box office, by phone (091 569-777 / open 10a.m. – 7.30p.m.)  or online at

What types of tickets are available?

Opening Film (including reception) €25
Closing Film (including reception) €25
Special Presentations €15
Daytime Screening (before 17.00) €10 (€9.00 Conc.)
Evening Screening at and after 6p.m.  €12 (€11.00 Conc.)
One Minute Film Festival €7

5 Regular Screenings €55
5 Q+A Screenings €65
Call the Box Office line on 091 569 777 with your 5 choices – can only be booked over the phone
Excludes Opening, Closing and Best Sommelier films

Season tickets €195 SOLD OUT

What venues do you screen film in?
The Town Hall Theatre

Courthouse Square, Galway
View on map
+353(0)91 569777

Houses our largest screen and the festival box office. Festivals guests need to arrive here to register.

Pálás (Palace)

15 Merchants Rd Lower, Galway
View on map
+353(0)91 394 800

Galway’s new arthouse cinema, housing 3 state-of-the-art screens.

How do I submit my short/feature film for potential inclusion?

Feature film submissions are open from December to March of each event cycle. 

Short film submissions are open from January to May.

Each submission process happens through our submission software, Eventival. To submit, you must first sign up for an Eventival account and complete the relevant form (if open). The relevant programming team will be in touch no later than mid-June to inform you of a successful or unsuccessful application. If you are successful, you will be invited to return to Eventival to confirm key marketing and technical information. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we ask you to kindly wait until you hear from us in regard to your film.

To view submission deadlines and terms & conditions for each process, please visit this section. To submit a project or pitch to the Galway Film Fair, please see the Fair’s website.

How do I volunteer for your events? [APPLICATIONS OPEN]

Volunteers are an integral part of our crew, we could not run our festival without the amazing group of people who give up their free time and become part of our family for a week (or two!).

Volunteering for our festival offers you the opportunity to be part of an exciting, cultural cinema event. You’ll have the opportunity to make new friends and gain invaluable experience and insight into the organisation and running of a major festival event. If you are someone with an active interest in Irish film and/or the film industry at large, working with us provides an insight into Irish cinema exhibition. Volunteers may be asked to work in one of several areas:

  • Taking tickets/ushering
  • Sales
  • Print transportation
  • Guests registration
  • Working with our Press Officer
  • Media production with Film Fleadh TV
  • Event facilitation

Please note that you must be over 18 to volunteer. 

Applications are currently open, please apply through our Eventival system on this link.

Film Fleadh TV applications take place using a different process. Applications are not yet available for 2019.

Where is the festival club?
Galway Rowing Club

The Waterside,
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The festival club is open to all those who attend a screening at the Galway Film Fleadh in July. The club sees filmmakers and audiences mixing in a relaxed environment beside the Corrib River.

Please retain ticket stubs/proof of entry to a screening (online receipt, etc.) to guarantee access to the festival club as capacity is limited.

I'm a guest of the festival - where do I register?
The Town Hall Theatre

Courthouse Square, Galway
View on map
+353(0)91 569777

Houses our largest screen and the festival box office. Festivals guests need to arrive here to register.


ARDILAUN HOTEL, Taylor’s Hill, Galway
(091) 521433

CLAYTON HOTEL, Ballybrit, Galway
(091) 721900

CLYBAUN HOTEL, Clybaun Road, Knocknacarra, Galway
(091) 588 088 |

(091) 592108

THE CONNACHT HOTEL, Old Dublin Rd, Galway
+353 (0)91 381 200

GALWAY BAY HOTEL, The Promenade, Salthill, Co. Galway, Ireland
+ 353 (0) 91 520520 

THE OAKS HOTEL, Bishop O’Donnell Rd, Galway
(091) 589680

GLENLO ABBEY HOTEL, Bushypark, Galway
(091) 526666

FLANNERY’S HOTEL, Dublin Rd., Renmore, Galway
(091) 755111

HOTEL MEYRICK, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 564041

EYRE SQUARE HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 569633

(091) 569600

IMPERIAL HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 563033

JURYS INN, Quay St., Galway
(091) 566444

MENLO PARK HOTEL, Terryland, Galway
(091) 761122

PARK HOUSE HOTEL, Forster St, Galway
(091) 564294

PILLO HOTEL, Headford Road, Galway
(091) 513200

RADISSON BLU HOTEL, Lough Atalia Rd, Galway
(091) 538300

SALTHILL HOTEL, Salthill, Galway
(091) 522711

(091) 563173

VICTORIA HOTEL, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 567433

WARDS HOTEL, Salthill, Galway
(091) 581508

(091) 521442


BARNACLES, Quay St, Galway
(091) 568644

KINLAY HOUSE, Eyre Square, Galway
(091) 565244

SLEEPZONE, Bothar na mBan, Galway
(091) 566999


ADARE GUESTHOUSE, 9 Father Griffin Place, Galway
(091) 582638

LISKEA HOUSE, 16 Whitestrand Avenue, Salthill, Galway
(091) 584381

General questions about Galway
How do I get to Galway?

By air

Shannon Airport (85km/53 miles) and Knock Airport (89km/56 miles) are the closest airports to Galway. Both handle UK and European arrivals, while Shannon also handles some transatlantic traffic.

If your local airline doesn’t land in either of those airports, Dublin Airport is only a little bit further (215km/133 miles) away and connected to Galway via motorway.

By car

Galway is:
215km/133 miles from Dublin and Dublin Airport
85km/53 miles from Shannon Airport
203km/126 miles from Cork Airport
383km/238miles from Belfast Airport

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By bus

Citylink and GoBus operate regular express services between Dublin and Galway, including early mornings and late night.

Bus Eireann operate services to Galway nationwide. This website includes a very useful search feature to assist in your journey schedule.

Transport for Ireland operate a nationwide route planner if you need further assistance.

By rail

Check with the national rail carrier, Irish Rail, for up to date timetable and departure information.

Trains to Galway from Dublin are frequent with a regular train service from Heuston Station to Ceannt Station, which is located in the city centre just off Eyre Square.

It is also possible to get trains from Cork and Belfast, but you will have to change. It is not possible to get a train from Shannon Airport, but you can get a bus to Limerick city and get a train from there.

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How can I get around Galway city?

The handiest way to get around the city is by foot because the majority of pubs, clubs and restaurants are situated in a very small area. If you need to travel to the outskirts Bus Eireann operate the city’s buses. They leave from Eyre Square every twenty minutes and fares are €2.20 for any route. Weekly commuter tickets are also available, along with a top-up travel card called a Leap card. Cards are available from the main Bus Éireann station and many shops around the city.

There are several taxi ranks located around the city centre, and you can very easily hail a cab.

What else can I do while I'm in the Galway/West of Ireland region?

Start with the Wild Atlantic Way. A stunning 2,500km road trip along Ireland’s West Coast that stretches from Donegal to West Cork. The Galway Film Fleadh is proud to highlight this experience to all of our European and International visitors to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. Fleadh film goers have embraced the many attractions the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer in County Galway from the picturesque fishing port of Kinvara to the wild magic of Connemara.

Dun Aengus, Inis Mór
Atlantic Film TrailThe Quiet Man

The rich tapestry of locations featured in the Atlantic Film Trail provide a unique backdrop to the festival and guests can experience the beauty of the Western coastline first hand. This is a remarkable chance to walk the trail of films such as The Quiet Man, The Field, Into the West, Poitín, Un Taxi Mauve, Man of Aran and take in the spectacular scenery that has attracted so many filmmakers. See this link for more information.

Food & Music

Galway Oyster Festival

In addition to the striking views along the Wild Atlantic Way, there are many gastronomic delights that await you along the trail. Food lovers can discover an abundance of artisan restaurants and sustainable food producers that reflect the Western coastline and it’s lush landscape. Alongside sumptuous food, the Wild Atlantic Way is home to a wealth of music, from traditional music sessions to Galway’s vibrant contemporary music scene, there is literally something for everyone.

The kind folks of The Wild Atlantic Way have prepared A Feast Of Food Stories and also have a section on where to catch music along the Irish west coast, to help in guiding you.

Check out the main ‘How To Fleadh‘ section for a selection of some of our favourite places in Galway to eat, drink and be merry.


Taking in the colour, history and atmosphere of Galway city and following the road along the magnetic coastline the Wild Atlantic Way is a must-see attraction. For visitors to the Galway Film Fleadh, this extraordinary journey brings you to the very heart of the West of Ireland in all it’s natural beauty.

Wild Atlantic Way

And while you’re here, where will you discover next? Take inspiration from the Wild Atlantic Way, discover the magic of Ireland’s Ancient East, experience historic Dublin and find your own pace in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. See here for more details.

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What other fun things can I do while I'm in Galway?

Galway is well-known for having all the sought-after qualities of a larger city while maintaining the virtues of a smaller country town. From quaint pubs to the numerous trendy clubs scattered throughout the city, everyone will find somewhere to chill out be it sipping a pint or boogying on the dance floor.

Traditional music sessions can be heard in establishments throughout the city. Some of the more popular venues include Tigh Coili’s, Neachtains, The Crane and An Pucan.

There is a strong arts and culture tradition which appeals to both the young and old. Galway is seen as Ireland’s centre of entertainment and even a short visit to the city is testament to that. There is a huge choice of entertainment on offer geared not only towards tourists, but also the local and strong student population.

Where's good to go have a drink?

For our recommendations on where to go to have a drink, head to our Friends of the Festival section.

Where's good to eat?

For our recommendations on where to eat, head to our Friends of the Festival section.