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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Phone solutions partner

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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)

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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.


Short Film Retrospective : Programme Two

Thur 12 July / Black Gate Cultural Centre / 1pm - 6pm

Short Film Retrospective, 30 Years of Winning. To celebrate our 30th anniversary and three decades of exhibiting shorts, we are delighted to be screening some of our festivals award winning short films. Daily programmes of the Fleadh’s winning films from 1989 to 2017, will be screening in the Black Gate Cultural Centre Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th.from 1pm – 6pm So, join us in the Black Gate, grab a drink or some nibbles and catch some films! This screening is free and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each programme will be a mix of genre, medium, production year and rating.
*Please note this is not the running order of the programmes.


Big Swinger (1989)

Jimmy is an ex-showband drummer who runs a pirate radio station in a small midlands town. He is assisted by Sid, his young side-kick, who is an aspiring musician. The peace and quiet of the town is disrupted when Jimmy’s radio programme interferes with passing aeroplanes. The authorities send two heavies to close the station but Jimmy isn’t going to give in without a fight.
Director Declan Recks

3 Joes (1991)

On a morning in summer, three young men called Joe have a go at doing a bit of housework.
Director Lenny Abrahamson
Producer Ed Guiney

Bent Out Of Shape (1995)

Danny, a gay punk, makes friends with a young bullied boy Stephen but their friendship has consequences.
Director Orla Walsh
Producer Paul Donovan

Midnight dance (1997)

A visual interpretation of Danse Macabre by Saint Saens
Director John McCluskey
Producer Pearse Moore

Sonny Days (1997)

A personal recollection of the changing ways of shop-keeping, told through the eyes of the ‘King’ of Galway’s High street – Sonny Molloy.
Donal Haughey
Producer Celine Curtin

The Last Elk (1999)

The film re-imagines the story of the last of the wild Irish Elk. Each animal is represented by a different musical sound; the Elk experience peace, alongside harshness and strife, but always remain harmonious. When the last Irish Elk is killed at the hand of man, the music ceases, and the Elk becomes a relic of Ireland’s natural history. As each Elk dies, so too does the instrument it is attached to until all is quiet. Animated by hand with twelve drawings per second, The Last Elk was written, animated and directed by Alan Shannon, produced by Darragh O’Connell and Cathal Gaffney with music and sound design by Darren Hendley.
Director Alan Shannon
Producers Daragh O’Connell, Cathal Gaffney

Paddy (2000)

Set in the idyllic postcard landscape of Ireland, Paddy is the story of a day in the life of a comic (stereotype) Irishman, who lives in a cottage on a hill. On this particular day he receives a grant for growing shamrocks. He decides to go to town and spend it in the local pub. On his journey to and from the pub, Paddy encounters all things Irish, with hilarious results. Paddy presents a humorous insight into the many facets of Ireland (old and new).
Cashell Horgan

Travellers Tale (2001)

Director Julia Barrett
Producer Galway Film Centre GFC

Pulling the devil by the tail (2003)

A group of Irish folk musicians kill a goat which has been pestering them, only to find out the animal belonged to the devil and they now have to pacify him.
Director Stephen McCollum
Producer Pearse Moore

STARS (2005)

An experimental animated film centers on Sophie who learns she has a rare fatal neuron disease. As her condition deteriorates she experiences sensory hallucinations up until her final days when she can no longer even distinguish between life and death.
Director Eoghan Kidney
Producer Anne Tweedy

A Taxing Night (2005)

The late night taxi cab is the confessional box of modern Ireland, and on this taxing night in the mid naughties one poor taxi driver hears and sees the hilarious sins of a nation as it fumbles its way through the many wonderful cultural changes we have gone through together over the years.
Directors Paul Bushe, Brian O’ Neill
Producers Paul Bushe, Brian O’Neill, Paul Canning

Demon (2006)

In a tiny cell, somewhere in the Prison District of Heaven, there is a new inmate. A Demon, she will not look out her window because the light burns her. But outside there is a persistent visitor.
Director Eoin Ryan
Producer Seamus Byrne

The Red Ball (2007)

A short film about a purple boy, a green ball, a red ball, a green girl, a red girl and a purple boy
Director Alan Holly
Producer Barry O’Donoghue

The McDonagh Pictures (2007)

The McDonagh Pictures is a film about Michael McDonagh, an Irish traveller who has been collecting and taking pictures of his extended family, the McDonaghs, for the past thirty years. The Film looks at the changes in the lives of travellers over the generations and the years.
Director Ian Palmer
Producers Martina Durac, Laura Fryday

Martin (2008)

Martin starring Karl Argue, David Cervi, and Aoibhin Garrihy. Martin, an average man with a history of aggression has lost his family and struggles through life alone until his 15 year old daughter Laura, decides she wants to know him for herself.
 Sean Branigan
Producer Adrienne Greenhalgh

The Man Inside (2009)

Lisandro finds himself locked inside his own apartment, alone and late for work. Award-winning short drama starring Marty Rea.
Director Rory Bresnihan

Bow St (2010)

An urban film-portrait that hurries and slows to the criss-crossing paces of a hundred passers-by.
Director Tadhg O’Sullivan
Producer Tadhg O’Sullivan

The Polish Language (2009)

A journey into the sensuality and subversive power of language and its flowering in post-war Polish poetry.
Directors Alice Lyons, Orla McHardy
Producer Steve Hoods

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (2008)

The plot centers on Granny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, who loses the plotline as she tells her own version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter.
Nicky Phelan
Producer Darragh O’Connell

Noreen (2010)

Two policemen on a house-call in rural Ireland; Frank is young and heartbroken… Con is middle-aged and weary… They’re both alone. They’re both idiots.
Director Domhnall Gleeson
Producers Juliette Bonass, David Clarke, Ciaran Deeney

The Boy in the Bubble (2011)

Rupert, a 10-year-old boy, falls hopelessly in love and it goes terribly wrong. He uses a book of magic to cast a spell to shield him from emotion forever.
Kealan O’Rourke
Producer Brian Willis

ASAL (2011)

After befriending a starving donkey a young boy draws the wrath of its abusers, forcing him to surrender his life to the sea.
Director Tom Sullivan
Producers Kealan O’Rourke, Brian Willis

The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden (2012)

A young inventor builds a mechanical wet nurse to take care of his baby daughter after his wife dies in childbirth.
Director Andrew Legge
Producers Ciara Whelan, Andrew Legge

CODA (2013)

A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.
Director Alan Holly
Producer Ciaran Deeney

Mechanic (2013)

Kev, a mechanic in his 40s, drives up the Dublin mountains to end his life. He is cruelly interrupted by an old man who is lost. Kev is forced to make some hard decisions, for better or worse.
Directors Tom Sullivan, Feidhlim Cannon
Producer Wolf Island Films

North (2015)

Isolated on a farm and fighting against his family’s decision, Aaron struggles to be heard as he watches his mother willingly die.
Director Phil Sheerin
Producer Jacob Thomas

Rockmount (2014)

Eleven-year-old Roy Keane needs to get on the starting eleven for his football club – and nothing is going to get in his way.
Director Dave Tynan
Producer Michael Donnelly V

Queen of the Plough (2015)

Queen of the Plough follows Joanne Deery from Monaghan and Laura Grant from Offaly as they battle it out in the fields of rural Ireland to win the coveted title ‘Queen of the Plough’ at the National Ploughing Competition.
Director Cara Holmes
Producer Cara Holmes

I AM JESUS (2016)

We all want to follow be followed. One man walks the streets of Dublin asking for just that but is met with destain and mockery. He isn’t saying anything but in that he says it all. His mission is to touch people but he must touch something to really be believed.
Director Emmet Harte
Producer Kevin Cassidy

Lily (2016)

The film tells the story of Lily, a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman.
Director Graham Cantwell
Producer Sharon Cronin

AN ISLAND (2017)

An Island is an immersive short film portraying the physical and emotional journeyundertaken by a lone explorer as he attempts to reach the summit of a remote island. Asevents unfold around him, our protagonist is confronted with the joy and agony of life, loveand loss, and the wonder of the natural world.
Director Rory Byrne
Producer Ciaran Deeney