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.

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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.


Award winners

Lists of winners from across our short & feature film programmes, pitching competition, lifetime achievement and best newcomer awards

32nd Galway Film Fleadh online Tuesday 7th July 2020

The Galway Film Fleadh awards laurels in:

  • 8 audience-voted feature film award categories
  • 12 jury-voted short film award categories (2 of which qualify the winner for the Oscar© longlist in that category)

Further individual awards include:

  • A script pitching award
  • The Bingham Ray New Talent Award in association with Magnolia Pictures
  • The Fleadh’s highest honour, The Galway Hooker

Feature Film

Best Irish First Feature

2019: A Bump Along The Way
2018: Cellar Door
2017: The Drummer And The Keeper
2016: Sanctuary
2015: You’re Ugly Too
2014: I Used To Live Here
2013: Run & Jump
2012: Citadel and Earthbound (Joint Winners)
2011: Parked and Charlie Casanova
2010: The Double Hour
2009: Frozen River
2008: Peacefire
2007: 32A
2006: Small Engine Repair

Best Irish Feature

2019: Extra Ordinary
2018: The Dig
2017: Michael Inside
2016: A Date For Mad Mary & The Young Offenders
2015: Song Of The Sea
2014: Patrick’s Days and Glassland (Joint Winners)
2013: Run & Jump
2012: Good Vibrations
2011: The Guard
2010: The Runway
2009: His & Hers
2008: Kisses

Best Irish Feature Documentary

2019: Breaking Out
2018: Katie
2017: Rocky Ros Muc
2016: It’s Not Yet Dark
2015: Older Than Ireland
2014: Blood Fruit and One Million Dubliners
2013: Coming Home
2012: Natural Grace

Best Human Rights Feature

2019: For Sama
2018: Women Of The Venezuelan Chaos
2017: City Of Ghosts
2016: The Wall
2015: Marzia, My Friend
2014: African Pride
2013: Coming Home

Best Cinematography in an Irish Feature
Best Documentary (no longer awarded)

2011: Bernadette (Notes On A Political Journey)
2010: The Pipe
2009: The Cove
2008: Anvil!The Story of Anvil!
2007: God Grew Tired Of Us and The Cats of Mirikitani (Joint Winners)
2006: The Trials of Darryl Hunt
2005: Highway Courtesans
2004: Cinagael Paradiso
2003: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
2002: Ayurveda
2001: Photos To Send
2000: Fighter

Best International Feature

2019: A Bread Factory
2018: Steel Country
2017: Mad To Be Normal
2016: Hunt For The Wilderpeople
2015: Margarita, with a Straw
2014: Obvious Child
2013: Discoverdale
2012: The Parade

Best International First Feature

2019: The Best of Dorien B.
2018: Gutland
2017: God’s Own Country
2016: Moon Dogs
2015: My Skinny Sister
2014: Still
2013: Boy Eating The Birds Food
2012: Perfect Stranger

Best International Feature Documentary

2019: Stage
2018: Soufra
2017: All The Wild Horses
2016: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
2015: Armor of Light and Touch The Light
2014: The Breach
2013: Plot For Peace
2012: Four Horsemen

Short Film

The James Horgan Award for Best Short Animation

2019: Streets of Fury
2018: The Wiremen
2017: An Island
2016: Second To None
2015: Violet
2014: Fresh Cut Grass
2013: The Missing Scarf
2012: Fear Of Flying
2011: The Boy Who Lived In A Bubble
2010: Mister Heaney – A Wee Portrait
2009: Blip
2008: Monolith
2007: The Red Ball
2006: Demon
2005: Stars
2004: Cold Pursuit
2003: Wobbly Land
2002: Padrio Pio
2001: Give Up Yer Oul Sins
2000: Paddy

Oscar qualifying
The Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama

2019: Cynthia
2018: Wren Boys
2017: Wave
2016: Lily
2015: North
2014: Rockmount
2013: Mechanic
2012: The Girl With The Mechanical Maiden
2011: ASAL and Even Gods
2010: Noreen
2009: The Man Inside
2008: Martin
2007: Teeth
2006: Nun More Deadly
2005: Recoil
2004: The Love Bite
2002: Innocence
2001: Coolockland
2000: Buskers

Oscar qualifying
The Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film

2019: Robin Whenary, Rip to the Rescue!
2018: Kevin Treacy, Boy Saint
2017: Burschi Wojner, Wave
2016: Robert McKeon, Wifey Redux
2015: Tim Fleming, My Bonnie
2014: Brian Deane, Volkswagen Joe
2013: James Mather, The Girl
2012: Enda Loughman and Mike Ahern, The Hatch
2011: Michael Lavelle, Mummy’s Little Helper

Best First Short Animation Award

2019: Archie’s Bat
2018: The Usual
2017: An Béal Bocht
2016: Joining Dots
2015: Unhinged
2014: A Girl’s Best Friend
2013: That’s Not Supposed to Happen
2012: Head Over Heels
2011: Signs
2010: Action Evader
2009: The Polish Language
2008: Granny O’Grimms Sleeping Beauty
2007: The Red Ball
2006: Big Rock Candy Mountain
2005: What Have The Brits Ever Done For Us ?
2004: The Skeleton Woman
2003: Wobbly Land
2002: From Darkness
2001: Give Up Yer Oul Sins
2000: Paddy
1999: The Last Elk
1998: Guy’s Dog
1997: Midnight Dance
1996: The Chamelion
1995: An Bonnan Bui
1994: Scéal Dha Chistin
1993: My Blue Heaven
1992: Blue Rock’
1991: Adeste Fideles
1990: Show Reel

Best First Short Drama

2019: Bainne
2018: Boy Saint
2017: The Date
2016: Groundless
2015: Today
2014: The Swing
2013: Rubai
2012: Toy Soldiers
2011: Pentecost
2010: Hoodie
2009: Thursday Afternoon
2008: Danger High Voltage
2007: Hesitation
2006: Joyriders
2005: A Taxing Night

The Best Short Documentary Award

2018: Inhale
2017: Throwline & Tit for Tatt
2016: Séan Hillen, Merging Views
2015: Queen Of The Plough
2014: Inez- A Challenging Woman and The Sisters (Joint Winners)
2013: The End Of The Counter
2012: The Hood and The Collar
2011: Needle Exchange
2010: Bow Street
2009: Christmas With Dad
2008: The Year I Got Younger
2007: The McDonagh Pictures
2006: Christy
2005: Idir Dha Shaol
2004: Undressing My Mother
2003: Shelter From The Storm
2002: Never Forgotten
2001: Travellers Tale
2000: Painting Politics
1997: Sonny Days

The Don Quijote Award for Best Animated Short Film

2019: Featherweight
2018: Yunshi
2017: An Béal Bocht
2016: Second To None
2015: Meanwhile
2014: Deadly
2013: Coda
2012: Here To Fall
2011: The Boy Who Lived In A Bubble


Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film

2019: Abe’s Story
2018: The Overcoat
2017: Late Afternoon
2016: The Lost Letter
2015: Geist
2014: Vertical Horizons

The One Minute Film Festival

2019: Rory Fitzpatrick, My Father Taught Me To Swing An Axe
2018: Jamie Sykes, Bath Mat
2017: Arjan Brentjes, Tempo
2016: Carolyn Wagner, Something Borrowed
2015: Kevin O’Brien, Luke and Roger
2013: Robert Gaynor, The Canon (Judges Award)
2013: Rory Walsh, The Bank Holiday (Audience Award)
2012: Alan Travers, Stop Motion Biscuit Cake
2011: Ruth Meehan, Lilou (Judges Award)
2011: Keith White, Got Your Nose (Audience Award)

in association with

Galway Film Centre
Best International Short Documentary

2019: After the Silence
2018: Juck

Best International Short Fiction

2019: Brotherhood
2018: What Happened To Evie

Best International Short Animation

2019: Roadkill
2018: The Driver Is Red

Individual Awards

The Bingham Ray New Talent Award

2019: Lola Petticrew (Actress), A Bump Along The Way
2018: Jordanne Jones (Actor), Metal Heart
2017: Dafhyd Flynn (Actor), Michael, Inside
2016: Seana Kerslake (Actress), A Date For Mad Mary
2015: Kathryn Kennedy (Producer), My Name Is Emily
2014: Anne Marie Naughton (Producer), The Canal
2013: Kelly Thornton (Actress), Life’s A Breeze
2012: Gerard Barrett (Director), Pilgrim Hill

in association with

Magnolia Pictures
The Galway Hooker

2019: James Schmaus, Ros Hubbard & Jon Hubbard
2018: Andrew Lowe & Ed Guiney of Element Pictures
2016: Jim Sheridan (Director)
2015: Pete Docter (Director), Inside Out
2015: Jonas Rivera (Producer), Inside Out
2015: Mohsen Makmalbaf (Director), The President
2015: Mícheál Ó Meallaigh (Former TG4 commissioning editor)
2014: Brown Bag Films (Animation Studio), Granny O’ Grimms Sleeping Beauty
2014: Brenda Fricker (Actress)
2013: Saoirse Ronan (Actress)
2013: James Morris (Former Chair of The Irish Film Board)
2012: Frank Stapleton (Director)
2012: Isabelle Hupert (Actress)
2011: Leo Ward (Cinema Chain Founder)
2011: Martin Sheen (Actor)
2010: Lelia Doolan (Producer)
2010: Annette Bening (Actress)
2009: Anjelica Huston (Actress and Director)
2009: Redmond Morris (Producer)

Pitching Competition

2019: Roisin Jones, What Would Rocky Do?
2018: Liam Beatty, Don’t Forget Your Dress
2017: Michelle Lehane, Against The Tide
2016: Janet Hayes, Edges
2015: Lukes Morgan, Ewetopia
2014: Cian McGarrigle, 12-Gauge Withdrawl
2013: Jacinta Owens, C-Me 2020
2012: Hannah Patterson, Resistance
2011: Rioghach Ni Ghrioghair, Death Rattle
2010: Len Collins, My Brothers
2009: Gary Mitchell, Get The Pope
2008: Barbara Deignan, The Sunshine Group
2007: William Collins, My Brothers
2006: Mark Wale, Physical Memory Dump
2005: Keith Brogue, Rugby Days