10 Event Highlights for the Month Ahead: What’s on in Galway 2024
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10 Event Highlights for the Month Ahead: What’s on in Galway 2024

Galway really is booming with fabulous events each month! In order to give you the chance to attend the best festival and events, we have decided to put together a guide which highlights 10 of the best events taking place in the month ahead. Enjoy!

Please note; Below is just a snippet of everything Galway has to offer event-wise in the month ahead. If you would like a full and inclusive look at everything Galway has going on, please check out our website at; https://thisisgalway.ie/events/.

1. The Irish Rhythm Soul Weekender

8th-10th of March / Galway Bay Hotel 
This the 3rd Irish Rhythm Soul Weekender will bring together 20+ DJs from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe, in addition there will be films and activities such as wine and whiskey tasting, yoga sessions etc. One special guest this year will be Steve Guarnori who is generally acclaimed as a real Soul Music Guru and indisputably one of the world’s foremost experts on the genre. Music will be playing across the weekend with numerous additional features and options also available to all guests. A summary of which can be found over on www.toodarnsoulful.co.uk. For more information and to get your tickets please tap here.

2. Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series

7th, 14th & 28th of March / Galway City Museum
Every Thursday in March the University of Galway’s School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies will hold their lunchtime lecture series in the Education Room at Galway City Museum from 1pm until 1.50pm. There is no booking required for these lectures but please note seating is limited so early arrival advised. Speakers as they will feature include; Dr Patrick J. Mahony on the 7th, Dr Kieran O'Connor on the 14th, Joe Fenwick on the 21st, and Dr Karen Taylor on the 28th. For more information on these please tap here.

3. The Shadow of a Gunman

12th-16th of March / Town Hall Theatre
In the spring of 2024, Druid will tour Ireland with Sean O’Casey’s classic play The Shadow of a Gunman. Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, and by turns tragic and comic, O’Casey’s The Shadow of a Gunman is the tale of an ambitious young woman who dreams of a life beyond her Dublin tenement with the mysterious neighbour downstairs. This five-star production was first produced in 2023 as part of DruidO’Casey, Druid’s play cycle of Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy, which also includes The Plough and the Stars and Juno and the Paycock. Tickets are available here.

4. Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema

8th of March / The Silent Cinema
This International Women’s Day, Cinephile Paradiso invites you to step into the world of early cinema and celebrate the incredible talent of pioneering female filmmakers who are often overlooked. While the film industry still struggles with gender inequality today, it is essential to revisit the forgotten history of early and silent cinema, where female producers, directors, and writers were working in film from the very start. The evening’s programme will be split into two events covering; The Origins: Female Pioneers of Cinema and Silent Women: An Evolution. For more information on this event and to book your tickets please tap here.

5. Spectacular Connemara Photography Workshop

18th of March / Clifden Station House Hotel 
This new course will allow you to immerse yourself in the art of photography as you are led and coached by the esteemed professional landscape photographer Gareth McCormack. This course is recommended for those of an Intermediate Level. Gareth’s guidance will cater to individual needs, helping you hone your techniques and elevate your photography to new heights. Throughout the course, you’ll embark on a breathtaking adventure, exploring some of Connemara’s most captivating locations that will leave you awe-inspired. The daily itinerary will be decided by Gareth based on the weather conditions, but with so many incredible vistas around you there are boundless options. For more information and to book your spot please tap here.

6. Cinema Book Club: The Colour Purple

21st of March / Pálás Cinema
Each month, Cúirt selects a book-to-film adaptation to watch in cinema and then, in true Cinema Book Club style, they host a discussion afterwards in the Pálás bar. Read the book, then join Cúirt for the film and a discussion for this month’s edition; The Colour Purple. This is a story of love and resilience based on the novel and the Broadway musical, The Colour. It is the decades-spanning story of Celie, an African American woman living in the American South during the early 1900s. For more information and to get your ticket please tap here.

7. Colin Geddis: Overkill

29th of March / Róisín Dubh 
Colin Geddis brings his brand new tour show “OVERKILL” on the road around Ireland this spring with a show in Galway’s Róisín Dubh. Colin is one of the most in-demand comedians in Ireland and regularly headlines all across Ireland & the UK, selling out shows in venues including Vicar Street, The Limelight, The Ulster Hall and a total of 5 sell-out shows at Belfast’s SSE Arena. In 2022 Colin was the support act for the Irish leg of Kevin Hart’s ‘Reality Check’ Tour, opening for him at over 20 shows and last year he performed for crowds at Galway Comedy Festival 2023. This is a comedian you are going to want to see in person so get your tickets here asap!

8. Galway Mind Body Experience

24th of March / Leisureland
Ireland’s Largest Holistic Event Returns to Galway and will feature 70 exhibitors, and 27 complimentary talks, workshops & classes. The event comprises four different elements all in one venue, the Mind Body Soul Expo, the Yoga and Meditation Festival, Live Well Talks & Workshops and the Galway Psychic Fair. It’s free entry and since there’s loads to see and do, reserve your free place today at the link here.

9. Aengus Hackett Trio

31st of March / An Taibhdhearc
Galway jazz guitarist and composer Aengus Hackett has honed his creative voice for many years in collaborations with the best of Ireland’s jazz scene. This is brought to the fore in his debut trio album featuring two of the country’s finest improvisers, Derek Whyte (bass) and Matthew Jacobson (drums). On the night, the band will launch their new album with a full concert. Expect thrilling music full of groove and melody, with no shortage of surprises. Drawing on his diverse influences, Hackett’s music combines elements of jazz, rock and electronica. With their collective experience as improvisers, this group approaches Hackett’s melodic compositions with a freedom which is invigorating. This allows the music to go wherever it wishes – gentle and lyrical, rhythmic and energetic, and when they take the leash off, in a word…wild. Get your tickets here.

10. In the Dark: A live Audio Play

6th of March / The Mick Lally Theatre
Presented by Sightless Cinema, this show brings to life dramatic turning points in the lives of five people who are blind or visually impaired. It’s an immersive surround sound experience where the audience can wear blindfolds, and all the sound effects and music are performed live. They are stories of adversity, adventure, and determination. Please tap here to get your tickets.

Feature photo by Chaosheng Zhang

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