Galway Jazz Festival

According to the Irish Times, the Galway Jazz Festival is a ‘boutique festival with a big heart and growing international credibility’, and it is returning this year in October. This is a popular destination for jazz lovers not only locally and nationally but internationally. Musicians come from all around the world to join in on the festivities every year with artists from Germany, Britain, United States and Norway known to make the trip to Galway annually. Irish artists also feature prominently in the lineup.

Here are just a few examples of world-renowned artists who made an appearance last year:

  • Christian Wallumrød
  • Lauren Kinsella
  • Andy Sheppard
  • Cuar
  • Aerie

The festival is known for pushing artistic boundaries from traditional jazz music to contemporary takes on classical pieces by the greats as well as flavours of modern hip-hop being heard throughout the event. This year promises to be better than ever with live performances, discussion panels and impromptu jamming sessions taking place all over the city.

Venues include:

  • St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church
  • Il Vicolo
  • Biteclub and Electric
  • Roisin Dubh
  • The Salthouse
  • Bierhaus
  • Hotel Meyrick
  • Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe

Galway has a strong cultural tradition for music and especially for Jazz with events happening year round. This festival celebrates this tradition and aims to promote jazz as a contemporary art form in the west of Ireland.

Vodafone Comedy Carnival

Vodafone Comedy Carnival is back in Galway this year takes place every year in October. Some of the best acts from Ireland, UK and the United States last year performed in Galway for a week of laughs to remember. Big names such as Al Porter, Patton Oswalt and Reginald D Hunter, all performed spectacularly well last year! The acts for 2018 have yet to be announced so watch this space. Acts are hosted in the Black Box Theatre and Town Hall Theatre as well as the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent which will be set up in Eyre Square.

This bejewelled spectacular venue is the iconic centre of the event and really lends a carnival atmosphere. The full line up of acts performing throughout the week will be available from August so make sure to keep an eye on their website in the run-up to the carnival. Tickets for this tend to go quickly so visit the website to grab yours in time!

Galway Races

The Galway Races is the sparkling highlight of the social and sporting calendar here in Galway and it’s almost time for the madness to begin all over again!

Galway Abooo Halloween Festival

We take the Halloween season very seriously here in Galway! There is a whole festival dedicated to the spookiest time of the year, the Galway Abooo Halloween Festival.

There’s a whole host of different events organised for the whole family. Here’s just a few examples of what to expect:

Macnas Halloween Parade

Macnas, the world famous street theatre group, will be celebrating the Halloween season in style with a spectacular parade through the streets of Galway. This promises to be a feast for the eyes going by previous years! From witches to giants, goblins and ghouls, it’s difficult to say what this year’s parade will feature. The theme of the parade will be announced shortly.

Carnevil

The Connacht Tribune printing press on Market Street will be the home of the spookiest scare factory in the west for the few weeks leading up to Halloween night. If you feel up to it, head over to Market Street to prove your bravery!

Galway Ghost Ship

A haunted fishing trawler will be docked on the Claddagh Quay in the lead up to Halloween night. The bravest trick or treaters will be called upon to come along and here the ghost stories from seanchaí onboard. Halloween costumes are encouraged and entry is free.

We will be hosting our own special Halloween themed Crafty Kids Club during the midterm break too so that the little ones can dress up and celebrate Halloween while they’re away.

St Patrick's Festival

Galway is the place to be this St Patrick’s weekend! Named European Capital of Culture for 2020 and it’s easy to see why. The city is bursting with culture and on St Patrick’s Day the Irish culture is celebrated in a most spectacular way. The Parade through the city is in its 114th year, starting at 11.30am and ending at 1.00pm. All of Galway’s most famous arts and theatre groups will be showcasing their talents during the festival and it will also provide a platform for the many international groups that will be exhibiting Galway’s rich and diverse cultural fabric.

After the parade, there will be street performances and live entertainment all over the city as the festival kicks into full swing! Take a stroll through the cobbled streets and breathe in the festival atmosphere. If weather permits, a walk along the Salthill prom is sure to blow the cobwebs off.

Galway Christmas Festival

Galway really comes alive with a magical atmosphere throughout the city. It’s the perfect time to visit the City of the Tribes for a winter break, a romantic getaway or just a last minute Christmas shopping break!

Christmas Markets

The famous Christmas markets bring with them the traditional smells and sounds of Christmas. With festive treats and handmade gifts, this is the perfect place to soak up some atmosphere during your break in Galway.

Elf Town

Elf Town Galway has become enormously popular as a destination for families during Christmas time. Located in the middle of the city, this visit to Santa will be one to remember!

Shopping in Galway

Galway is known as an excellent shopping destination where you’ll find all the high street stores you expect as well as original boutiques and charming market stalls. It’s the perfect place to pick up some last minute gifts as well as treats for yourself!

Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee Caves

Just over an hour’s drive from the Maldron Oranmore, visit Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee Caves. The caves will host Santa and his elves over the Christmas season offering a magical experience for all the boys and girls who visit.

Ted Festival

TedFest is a festival celebrating the legendary series Father Ted as well as the life of Dermot Morgan who played the title character. Take to the largest of the Aran Islands just off the west coast and enjoy the fun and Father Ted themed entertainment during the festival!

The festival is now running over ten years and going from strength to strength every year. It has gained almost cult status with many of its attendees coming to the festival religiously (pardon the pun) since it began. Some of Ireland’s biggest comedy stars appear during the weekend such as Tommy Tiernan and Joe Rooney, who played roles in the original show.

Several events are planned for the festival including the Craggy Island Hayride and BBQ, Matchmaking with Nellie and the Craggy Island Ceili. Many competitions are also held such as the Lovely Girls, Nun’s Beach Volleyball and Loveliest Horse. The All Priests and Nuns Five A Side Craggy Cup is a particular highlight of the weekend so make sure you come prepared!

Joe Watty’s Bar is the place to be every night with quizzes and live entertainment during the festival. It is encouraged to come to the festival dressed as your favourite character to really get into the swing of Craggy Island life. You’re sure to bump into several Mrs Doyles and Father Jacks during your time there! You never know, if you make enough priest and nuns friends during your time there, it might even become an annual pilgrimage!

Galway Film Fleadh

Celebrating the finest in film, the Galway Film Fleadh is a must for all cinema lovers. Taking place every year in July, it is Ireland’s leading film festival welcoming directors, producers, cinematographers and enthusiasts from around the world. The festival attracts some big names in the national and international cinema industry with past guests including Martin Sheen, Pierce Brosnan and Saoirse Ronan, to name just a few.

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    What are the hotels satnav co-ordinates?

    GPS 53.277897, -8.927431

    Driving directions to the hotel

    From Dublin: Take R109, Chapelizod Bypass/R148 and N4 to M4in South Dublin. Follow M4 and M6 to Galway. Take exit 19 from M6. Follow R381 to your destination. 

    From Shannon Airport: Get on M18 from N19. Follow M18 to R458 in Galway. Take exit 17 from M18. Follow R458 and N67 to your destination.

    Do you have to pay for parking?

    No, parking is free for guests and visitors.

    How far is the hotel from Galway City?

    We are 10.4km from the heart of Galway City.

    If you are driving, we have complimentary parking at the hotel. You can also reach us via a number of methods by public transport.

    We have a taxi company whom we work with to ensure you get picked up asap and also are very reliable. Please just ask at reception and they would be delighted to organise a taxi for you.

    The train also has a great link with Galway City so you can go from Oranmore to Eyre Square and be there between 8-10minutes which is very convenient. Also, it is a very quirky way in which to travel so something unique for little VIPs!

    Buses are also available. The number 404 bus will bring you right from Oranmore town (Oran Town Centre – approximately 750m / 5 minute walk away from the Hotel) straight into Eyre Square.

    Are there bus stops or a train station nearby?

    Yes, there is a bus stop just a 5-minute walk away at the Oran Town Shopping Centre. This serves Galway city (404) and many other destinations such as the Cliffs of Moher (350) as well as the CityLink to Dublin.

    Oranmore Train Station is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi journey away.

  • Hotel Services

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in is from 3 pm. If you are going to arrive before we will do our very best to accommodate an earlier check-in if we have rooms available.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 12 pm.

    Do you provide babysitting services?

    Yes, we have a number of reliable Garda vetted babysitters on hand. Simply speak with any of our reception team to get one organised.

    Does the hotel provide laundry/dry cleaning?

    Yes, dry cleaning can be sent out by the hotel in the morning and can usually take a full working day and is brought back to the room once cleaned.

    Are assistance/guide dogs permitted?

    Assistance dogs and guide dogs are of course permitted in our hotel.

  • Rooms

    What type of family rooms have you available?

    We have a variety of family rooms available which accommodate from 2 adults and 1 child. These rooms have a double and a single bed in each of them. For families of 2 adults and 2 children, there are two bedding options a double bed with two single beds or a double bed, single bed and pull out couch. We also have large family rooms available which comfortably sleep up to two adults and three children these are only available by booking direct at the property.

    Do you have triple rooms for groups at the hotel?

    Yes, we have three single beds in our triple rooms. In total, we have 14 rooms what makes it the perfect location for group getaways.

    Does the hotel provide cots?

    Yes, we have cots available. Please note it in the comments or give us a call on +353 (0)91 792 244 at the time of your booking to reserve one.

    Does the hotel provide mini-fridges?

    Yes, we have mini-fridges available. Please note it in the comments or give us a call on +353 (0)91 792 244 at the time of your booking to reserve one.

  • Dining

    What time is breakfast?

    Breakfast is served 7.30am to 10am Monday to Friday. Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays & School Holidays breakfast is served from 7.30am to 11am.

    What time is dinner?

    The Q Bar has a wide range of bar food available from 2.30pm to 9 pm Monday to Friday and until 9.30pm on weekends. The Grain & Grill restaurant is open for dinner from 6 pm to 9.30pm on weekends and during holidays.

  • Booking

    How do I amend my booking?

    If you have booked your reservation directly with us over the phone or through our website, amendments can be made over the phone. If you have made your booking online with a third-party company, please contact them directly.

    How can I cancel my booking?

    If you have booked the reservation directly with the hotel over the phone or online, you have up until 2pm the day before your arrival to cancel it with the hotel. If you have made your booking online with a third-party company, please contact them directly as we cannot amend those bookings at the hotel.

    Are corporate rates available?

    Yes, corporate rates are available. Should you wish to inquire about setting up a preferred agreement, feel free to contact a member of our sales team on +353 (0)91 792 244.

  • Facilities

    What are the hours for the swimming pool for children?

    Kids are welcome in the pool from 6 am on weekdays and 8 am on weekends and bank holidays right up to 7 pm. There’s also a kiddie’s pool available for smaller children.

    When does your kid’s club run?

    Our Crafty Kids Club is available during all school holidays and runs nightly between 6 pm to 10 pm. It’s suitable for ages between 4-12 years of age. Different activities are planned nightly to ensure there is a variety.

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