Floating World Books Exhibition opening at Galway City Gallery this Saturday

The aim of Floating World is to find ways for artists to disseminate their ideas as widely as possible using the medium of artists books. Glenn Holman and Andy Parsons initiated the project in 2003, and have asked more Artists to contribute and collaborate over the years. Recently, Floating World has used the Artist Book as a catalyst for complex participatory projects, ranging form the renovation of a derelict house into an Arts Centre to the creation of a book of insights into Samuel Beckett.

Floating Worlds books have been seen in a variety of contexts, from a disused Pharmacy in Sligo – to Tate Modern. Holman and Parsons are developing more projects in this vein over the next few years. Initially the artists invited to contribute a book were chosen to reflect the wide variety of contemporary practice from Sarah Carne whose work is performative and video based to Edwin Aitken who works primarily in painting. For all the artists involved, creating a book became an absorbing and challenging research project. On a practical level this project involved the sharing of expertise with other artists unused to both the more traditional bookbinding and printmaking processes and with some of the difficulties entailed in producing work digitally. Each of the books made for Floating World is a discrete and autonomous piece of work, which although linked to each artists ongoing area of investigation is nonetheless an artwork in its own right. Each of the pieces are rich and personal works that unfold in the viewers mind in the same way as a piece of literature creates a world into which the reader can step.

Exhibition opens Saturday 19th of November at seven and it runs until the 10th of December.

Galway City Gallery New Dock Street, Galway, Ireland
Gallery opening Times: Tue – Fri 10 – 4 & Sat 11 – 3



*All images provided by Floating World Books.


Axial Symmetry “United Corruption” E.P Launch comes to The Cellar Bar In Galway this December the 1st!

What started out as a two piece, Axial Symmetry, with their unique take on Death Metal, have now evolved physically and sonically into one of the most exciting Metal acts Ireland has to offer.
In late 2009 Axial symmetry, composed of just Gavin Doyle and Matt O’Brien spent their early band years writing and recording a number of original songs and performing live as a two piece until 2014 when drummer Diego Rodrigues joined the band and in early 2016 Dave O’ Reilly joined on bass duties which gave the band a complete line up.
Axial symmetry have enjoyed some great festival appearances and earlier this year were one of the favourites in the run up to the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle.
They have also supported and toured with legendary acts such as Hatred, Islay, Syphor And Sinate and continue to wow and excite audience with an intense live show!
This December sees Axial Symmetry Launch their eagerly awaited “United Corruption” E.P, the follow up to 2013’s critically acclaimed “Nothing Is Left”.
Also making a very welcome return are Galway’s own groove metal machine “Negativ Result”,  who play their first Irish show this year!
Negativ  Result  have made a name for themselves  not only locally but nationally as a force to be reckoned with with thunderous riffs and heavy grooves.
Also on the bill are fast rising Death metal crew Jenova and local punk heroes psychopigs
This show is brought to you in association with burningmetalirl.com  and The Cranium Titanium Metal Show on FlirtFM 101.3 .
For more details check out the Facebook event page:
Date 01/12/2016
Venue: The Cellar Bar, Eglington St. Galway
Doors at 7:30pm.
ADM €5


‘THE LOVE OF LANGUAGE’ is a co-operative venture with The Western Writers’ Centre forCULTURE NIGHT GALWAY, taking place in The Mechanics’ Institute, Middle Street, Galway, at 5pm – 6pm on Friday, September 16th.


Galway is now a diverse culture, with many strands to its literary and socio-cultural bow.

Admission is free. We look forward to seeing you there!

(Sponsored by Galway City Council.)

For full programme of Galway Culture Night Click here

LOUISE & TOMMIE Wedding | Saturday 27th August 2016 [Slí Gheal, Galway, Ireland]


Al Porter at The Kings Head for GIAF16

‘A Line of Salt…’ Al Porter entertaining the audience in fully packed Ruby Room of The Kings Head in Galway during his performance at Galway International Arts Festival 2016KINGS HEAD AL PORTER--2.jpg



Sharon Shannon Live for GIAF16 at Monroe’s

Sharon Shannon an Irish musician best known for her work with the accordion. Captured at her gig for Galway International Arts Festival in Monroe’s Live Music venue.SHARON SHANNON PANO--3


Every glimpse of Summer

The summer is here and I have to admit I do love this season.

With every step I take on the winding country roads I wish it will never end. This is why I never go out without my camera these days even if I end up with too many images to convert…

I want to capture every feeling, every glimpse of summer…


The summer is here and I have to admit I do love this season.

With every step I take on the winding country roads I wish it will never end. This is why I never go out without my camera these days even if I end up with too many images to convert…

I want to capture every feeling, every glimpse of summer…

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Euphoria – a state of being or happiness

“Over the last few years Sita O’Driscoll has documented the underground music scene in the west of Ireland, a place more commonly known for its traditional and live music.

The themes in this series are depictions of love/connection, transgressive moments and a sense of collective euphoria sought out and experienced in an almost tribal manner.”

A small part of this project will be exhibited with Galway Fringe festival alongside others in the Columban Hall, Sea Rd, from the 9th until the 25th of July.


Galway Fringe:


LE Aisling docking in Galway June 2016

‘Drumbeat’ yacht and Lé Aisling Irish Navy flagship docking face2face in Galway. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Scroll around the sphere by mouse or just turning when previewing on a smart phone. See you in Galway all around 360˚


See magic photo spheres picturing ships facing in Galway docks  making Galway Docks look amazing this June week

Mother’s Day Eve with The RYE | Keogh’s Bar Oughterard

KEVIN-THE-RYE-IN-KEOGHSKEVIN of The RYE captured Mother’s Day Eve before the bands first gig in the #Keogh’s in #Oughterard tonight #theta360 #theta360uk – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA


Walk in My Shoes…

The General Election 2016 has been called voting on February 26. The CRAIC have spotted T.Ds Brian Walsh and Seán Kyne on Woodquay other day. The Men of The Dáil captured walking along the river, analysing, planning, walking in their own shoes…

We met former mayor Pádraig Conneely who is ready to canvas for Seán. “He is my friend and he deserves to be in the Dáil”

Money, Money,… |Camera is Rolling | VTOS Students are in Action

The First 30 minutes of footage for 5 minut movie  “Money, Money” was shot today.

The project is managed and produced by the students of the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme – VTOS in Galway.  Every one of this year students of Film and Television Production 5M5158 at VTOS is working on a unique movie project. The production teams for each movie has been created from the students of the course themselves. Watch this page to find out more about VTOS production. I have my own production scheduled to be success of the year!!!

I’m a student of the Film and Television Production at VTOS 2015/16. This course introduces participants to the art of film making with a practical ‘hands-on’ approach allowing the students to realize their creative potential. Each student gets the opportunity to produce, direct and edit their own film.

The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme is an educational opportunities scheme for unemployed persons which is funded by the Department of Education and Science with assistance from the European Social Fund. The Scheme is operated through the Education and Training Boards and provides a special range of courses designed to meet the education and training needs of unemployed people.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • to give unemployed people education and training opportunities which will develop their employability
  • to prepare people to go into paid employment or on to further opportunities leading to paid employment

On Dec 1st, 2014 UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova announced that Galway has been designated a UNESCO City Of Film. Under the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Galway is now one of only five cities in the world to achieve this much sought-after status. Galway  joins  Sydney, Australia and Galway’s twin city of Bradford in the UK as a designated City of Film. This is a permanent global designation. This status brings the highest internationally recognised standard of excellence in  the creative industries to Galway. The title of Creative City of Film also includes membership of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.

Top 10 David Bowie Songs | RIP

Source: ultimateclassicrock.com/top-david-bowie-songs/

David Bowie has been called many things in his life: rock ‘n’ roll chameleon, musical genius, Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke, to name a few. Still, coming up with a list of best Bowie tracks is both pleasurable and painful. How does one narrow such an eclectic and magnificent career down to just 10 tunes? Missing from this list are “Fame” and “Let’s Dance” — his only two No. 1 U.S. songs — as well as classics such as “Starman,” “Oh! You Pretty Things,” “Life on Mars?” and countless others. What made the cut? Check out our list of the Top 10 David Bowie Songs.

“The Man Who Sold the World”
From: ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ (1970)

The title track off Bowie’s third album, The Man Who Sold the World, is one of his most haunting songs of all time. Despite the mastery of the original tune, the opening entry in our our list of the Top 10 David Bowie Songs largely went unnoticed at the time. Its popularity grew over time, however, as cover versions by Scottish singer Lulu and grunge goliaths Nirvana helped bring the song into the mainstream.

via Top 10 David Bowie Songs.

Galway International Rally goes to the Races!

Preparations are well underway for the 2016 Corrib Oil Galway International Rally which takes place from the 5th to the 7th of February. The event is building to be a true classic as Galway Motor Club’s Clerk of the Course, Kieran Donohue, has laid on a very challenging route.

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Pictured at the launch of the 2016 Corrib Oil Galway International Rally from L to R: Clerk of the Course Kieran Donohue, Mayor of Galway Councillor Frank Fahy, Corrib Oil Eugene Dalton, President of the Galway Motorclub Pat Sheils, Deputy Clerk of the Course Kenneth Lee. More information can be found on the rally website http://www.galwayinternationalrally.com and on social media accounts @GalwayIntRally.

New for the event this year, for the first time in its 45 year history, is the use of the Galway Race Course, Ballybrit. The Race Course’s extensive facilities will help cater for the ever expanding requirements of the rally. There will be more horsepower than horses on this occasion though! The Race Course will play host to mechanical scrutineering on Friday the 5th of February. This will be a perfect opportunity for everyone to get up close to the cars and drivers prior to the high-speed action on Saturday and Sunday.

Also new for 2016 is the introduction of the latest R5 category of rally cars as the premier championship class for this rally. Already a number of these new cars have been sourced by drivers from Ireland and the UK. Early entries suggest there will be at least 10 of these new cars, with Ford Fiestas, Citroen DS3s and Skoda Fabias being the most popular versions. Keith Cronin, three times British Rally Champion and previous Galway Rally winner, has chosen a Citroen, while the Moffett brothers have opted for two Fiestas. Former National Rally Champion Aaron MacHale has opted for a Skoda. World Rally Car drivers will include former rally winner Tim McNulty from Meath in a MINI WRC, Declan Boyle from Donegal and Roy WhIte from Clonmel in two Fiesta WRC cars, and Gary Jennings from Enniskillen and Declan Gallagher from Donegal, both driving Subaru WRC cars.

Corrib Oil Company, a Galway based company, has taken up the role of title sponsor for 2016. Speaking at the recent launch of the rally, the company’s managing director, Eugene Dalton, spoke of his genuine appreciation for the commitment of the organizing team in running the first major tourist and sporting event of the year in Galway each February. Also speaking at the launch, the Mayor of the City of Galway, Councilor Frank Fahy, commented on the advantages to Galway of having a major event so early in the year that encompasses not just the city, but other parts of the county such as Loughrea, Portumna and Gort over the three days of the rally.

The rally will bring a welcome early season boost to visitor numbers in Galway city and county. The event generates over 2,000 bed nights annually as most of the hundred or so teams, some of up to 30 people, spend two weekends in the area between making their route notes and taking part in the event itself.

The 2016 event will again have International Status and will be the opening round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. It is a true International event with competitors traveling from all over the world for a chance to compete on the Galway roads. One such competitor is Kai-Dieter Kölle, who is again bringing his iconic Porsche 911 all the way from Northern Germany to Galway to compete over the unique terrain of the “Wild Atlantic Way”. The 5 times North German Rally Champion is relishing the challenge, having competed in Galway for the first time last year, enjoying every aspect of the rally.

More information can be found on the rally website http://www.galwayinternationalrally.com and on social media accounts @GalwayIntRally.

Bobby Clinton,
Assistant Clerk of the Course, Corrib Oil Galway International Rally.

Or Sean Hassett, Event Press Officer, on 0876921089 and at sean@retrostock.ie

The Charcoal Grill- Spicy Treat in Latin Quarter Galway

Kebabs & Specials
All our kebabs come with fresh salad and chilli & garlic sauce on request. Please specify if you like regular pitta bread OR our homemade Turkish bread. All meals served with fries & a can of soft drink (add cheese on fries on all meals for €1.20 extra)


IrishTV Christmas Show in Taylors Three Rock Hotel

Irish TV broadcasted their Christmas Show LIVE from Taylors Three Rock, Dublin 16, on Thursday, December 10th. The CRAIC in Galway was there to capture few stills for their after show media marketing.

Host of the night with Christmas Spirit was, Malachi Cush with a fantastic line-up of guests including The Fureys, Hurricane Highway, The Vard Sisters, Foster & Allen and many more.

IrishTV Guide magazine edition 2 was introduced at the night.

Photo by Darius Ivan

See Full Album from the night at Taylors Three Rock on Facebook here!

The SNOW QUEEN drawing the lines in Town Hall

Lately Gerda’s boyfriend Kai has been more interested in his new Job-Bridge role, and possibly in his new boss, than he has been in her and she has been left at home, stalking him on Facebook. Fuelled by this peculiarly modern form of anxiety, she searches for him at the launch of the new social media engineering product he has been working on, only to meet a colourful cast of characters along the way and have her mind opened in ways she hadn’t expected.


Galway Actors Workshop’s imaginative and often hilarious update on this Christmas classic is a seasonal reminder that fairytales are not just for children.

Devised and Performed by Deana McGuire, Ronan Cassidy, Leticia Diaz, Aisling Courtney, Brian May, Megan Vine and Vera Kilgallon.

Scripted by Sarah O’Toole and Donnacha Bushe
Directed by Darragh O’Brien

This show takes place at the Town Hall Studio at 8.30pm from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th December.Tickets are €10/8 and can be booked by calling 091 569777 or visitingwww.tht.ie

Smashin Fashion in Oughterard by Demelza Gibbons

Fashion Show by Demelza Gibbons for a fabulous FREE and FUN Fashion event took place on Thursday 3rd December in the Boat Inn Oughterard at 19:30. Demelza showcased beautiful style from Lilys Boutique Oughterard, Fusion Fashion Boutique Moycullen, Local Milliners and Geraldine’s Accessories on the night. All the style modelled by beautiful local models.


€1500 for Simon, success of Solaris and Pearla na Mara Fundraiser

A total of €1,500 was raised at the recent ‘Solaris Winter Warmer’ fundraiser in aid of Galway Simon Community to help those in need over the cold winter months. Guests were treated to a night of fantastic entertainment and delicious food organised by Solaris Tea, and hosted by Pearla na Mara restaurants, and the whole night was a great success. The evening began with fabulous wines and tea inspired cocktails, donated by Thomas Woodberrys, Pearla na Mara, and Solaris Tea, and with delicious canapes provided by Pearla na Mara with ingredients donated from suppliers such as Mc Geoughs Connemara Fine Foods, Connemara Smokehouse, Galway Goat Farm, and Killeen Cheese.

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Aaron Turner of Galway Simon receiving a cheque from Pearla na Mara’s owner Justyna Kocjan and Karin Mueller representing Solaris Tea. €1500.00 was for Galway Simon founded on evening with Aindrias de Staic, My Fellow Sponges and Solaris blended by Master Blender Jörg Müller. Photo by Darius Ivan

Huge thanks go to the many wonderful sponsors in particular McCambridges Galway for their major sponsorship of the evening. Fantastic performances on the night included the very talented and award winning Galway Poets Helena Kilty and Ruth Quinlan, with hilarious comedy and music from Jonathon Gunning of the Gombeens, Aindrias de Stack of Latchikos, and from Donal McConnon of My Fellow Sponges and the wonderful Will Softly from One World Sounds spinning the decks. The raffle had so many great prizes donated by many incredibly generous businesses including Galway Now, Bridgits Garden Galway, Evergreen, Elysium Day Spa, The Organic Center, Neantog, Nick Kats Naturopathy, and Willow Tree Holistic Centre. A truly brilliant night was had by all, and there is even talk in the wings of this becoming an annual event. Images from the eve have been provided by Darius Ivan of The Craic in Galway.



Pictured in Pearla na Mara at Solaris Winter Warmer. http://www.facebook.com/events/438137089715380

Posted by The CRAIC in Galway on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

ALDI Opens new Knocknacarra store creating 20 new jobs

Aldi Stores (Ireland) today opened a new store in Knocknacarra, Co. Galway, creating 20 new jobs. The new store is Aldi’s ninth in Co. Galway.

Aldi also opened a new store in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick today. The new stores bring the total number of Aldi Stores in Ireland to 122.

To celebrate the opening of the new Knocknacarra store, customers were served with free tasty samples from Aldi’s Christmas range throughout the morning, while five lucky Aldi shoppers scooped €100 each in Aldi shopping vouchers.

Pictured at Aldi’s new Knocknacarra Store opening is Geraldine O’Rourke with her son Dara, who was one of five lucky shoppers to win €100 in Aldi Shopping Vouchers. Photo by Darius Ivan Follow Aldi on Twitter at @Aldi_Ireland Find Aldi on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AldiIreland

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Galway in the Rain

The weather has been so horribly bad for the last week it was simply impossible to do anything outdoors.

I am not going to even mention a casual stroll with a camera in hand, not when there is a yellow weather warning for everyone to stay indoors and keep the shutters bolted.
Not when it keeps hailing every few hours – big hard balls of ice that the wind drives into the face with particularly unpleasant force!!
Not when everything that is a bit loose and forgotten somewhere in the garden starts flying happily around  – you can simply forget about it!!

It’s been a hell of a week and apparently it is not over. But we can all hope, right, that it will be over soon. Or so I heard.

The only images I managed to take lately were from the car in the pouring rain or while running for shelter while bracing myself against the horrible wind!!
This is certainly a different view of our fair city. It takes a bit of imagination and appreciation of the abstract arts. Still, I hope you approve.

Here is a little collection of mine taken while driving through Galway in the rain or while running for cover from the wind.

image of Galway city through wet glass
image of Galway city through wet glass
image of Galway city through wet glass
image of Galway city through wet glass © Annie Japaud Photography
Images from Galway city in the rain, windows
image of Galway city through wet glass © Annie Japaud Photography
image of Galway city through wet glass
image of Galway city through wet glass © Annie Japaud Photography
image of Galway city through wet glass
image of Galway city through wet glass © Annie Japaud Photography
man on a bicycle, image taken from a car
image of Galway city through wet glass © Annie Japaud Photography
Galway cathedral in the rain
Galway cathedral in the rain © Annie Japaud Photography
image of Galway city through wet glass, traffic
Image of Galway city through wet glass, traffic © Annie Japaud Photography
people in the rain, Galway city
Image of Galway city through wet glass, traffic © Annie Japaud Photography
blurred image of silhouettes in the wind and rain
Galway Rain: blurred image of silhouettes in the wind and rain © Annie Japaud Photography
image of Galway city through wet glass
Galway Rain © Annie Japaud Photography
view from a bridge with fallen autumn leaves
View from a bridge with fallen autumn leaves © Annie Japaud Photography
colourful leaves on the ground, red shoes
Colourful leaves on the ground, red shoes © Annie Japaud Photography

Thanks for being here

The All Blacks at The Abbeyglen!

All Blacks at the Abbeyglen
The historical Abbeyglen Castle, nestled on the Sky Road in Clifden, was the venue of choice for members of New Zealand’s All Blacks team, after becoming rugby world champions 2015. Captain Richie McCaw, Andy Williams and John Cowan stayed at the picturesque venue, welcomed by warm turf fires and a hearty Irish welcome from the family run hotel, owned by Paul Hughes and his son Brian.

By Avril Horan

Family Ties: Paul and Brian Hughes – Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden

Paul Hughes:  “If you love it, you can live it,  and never work a day in your life.  I’m a Dub –  I never got my leaving or my inter, and so my mother got me a job in the famous Russell hotel in Stephens Green, where I worked for two years free of charge.  That’s where I developed my love for the hotel industry.  I went to work for a year in France and later in Madrid, Italy, Switzerland and Rome; my love of Rome started then too.

I moved on to the Hibernian in Dawson Street. One day I was cheeky with my boss, as I wanted them to double my pay,  from £4 to £8 a week.  They didn’t like ultimatums!  I then worked with the Jurys group for two years and, at the tender age of 24,  my uncle offered me a job at Renvyle House Hotel as manager.  He was very foolish to put a 24 year old in ! I nearly got the sack after the first year!

In 1969/ 70, when I was 29, I signed an agreement to rent the Abbeyglen Castle hotel for three years, with an option to buy it. My love of Clifden and Connemara grew and grew, and I bought it. I’ve been working with the bank manager ever since.  

Paul Hughes: Welcome to Abbeyglen Castle…

My son Brian became my partner in the Abbeyglen after my wife died.  He loves the business as much as I do. He loves music and gives me piano lessons from time to time! We tend to work opposite one another and do different things –  as it is a 24 hour day.  We work 60 minute hours!  I’d be up at 7am and work til 1pm.  We both take the afternoon off,  as the emphasis is needed early in the morning and in the evening.

I have three other sons, Aidan, Dermot and Ronan, who all love coming here on their holidays and their breaks.  They all love it and they love one another.  It’s amazing the amount of siblings who don’t love one another.  There is only one black sheep in our family and it’s me!  

We have had lots of famous guests, but they are only people at the end of the day.  I remember when Woody and Mia Allen pulled up in two stretch limos back in 1991 and all of the kids got out – he  really came to life playing music in the bar at night.  We are very lucky that we didn’t overdevelop Connemara too quickly. We don’t have these huge skyscraper hotel – nearly all personally owned. And Clifden has two huge claims to history, Marconi and the first transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown.

I have no desire to retire.  My age is a secret but you can work it out! I have seen men retire much younger than I, 15 years ago, and they are going around like grumpy old men with sticks!

Brian Hughes: ‘I was very lucky to survive a plane crash in 2007. We were doing a test flight of a small plane to Inis Meain. I remember waking up in a field. I was freezing cold and my shirt was marinated in blood.’

Brian Hughes: “Back in the early days, the hotel opened in early June and closed in early September, so it was a very short season.  In the summertime, we lived in a little caravan outside the Abbeyglen, and we would move back in for the winter.

Dad  used to buy these old banger cars and park them outside to make the hotel look busy.  As children, we played in them. Over time, the cars grew moss, weeds and grass and we had to replace them with new old bangers every four or five years!  

My mum used to say that ‘everyone in Clifden thought we were mad’, because the hotel was located outside of  town.  If you wanted a business, it had to be in the centre. But they had the vision to realise it was a great site  – you can walk into the village in five or ten minutes –  and yet you are completely away from it all. It was just different thinking back then.

I went to Garbally College in Ballinasloe, and then to the Shannon hotel school for some wonderful training.  I lived for two years in Switzerland, two years in France and a year and a half in London.  I can’t really speak French though!  One thing I have learned is that you need a great sense of humour in this business.

My dad has a great sense of humour.  We get on extremely well. As time goes by, there are some aspects of the business that are not only difficult for him, but equally difficult for me.  We have had to embrace a new era of technology and we are trying to interface the front desk with the outside world.  It’s a difficult journey, but if we don’t change, we will get lost in the shuffle.

We are very lucky that, in the boom years, we didn’t go crazy and build one of these massive spa centres being pushed on us at the time. What our people wanted was an intimate facility, and my wife Michelle, runs our beauty rooms, which is really popular with our guests.

It was only when I returned from the UK recently that I thought ‘this hotel is fabulous’.  There is a sense of warmth as soon as you walk in, with open turf fires,  and the lighting is just right. It’s the people that work in Abbeyglen that give it a sense of magic too.  And the music. There are very few dining rooms with white linen table clothes,  a candle and a man in the corner playing live music. It’s something different. It’s quirky, it’s oldey worldy and it’s fun!  I love playing music and I play in the bar every Friday and Saturday night.

I was very lucky to survive a plane crash in 2007.  We were doing a test flight of a small plane to Inis Meain.  It was a very bad, miserable, windy day and, on the way home, we all knew we were in trouble.  I remember waking up in a field.  I was freezing cold and my shirt was marinated in blood.  I had fractured my neck and two women were sticking toilet paper in my ears.  We lost two very good friends that day and we think of them often.  I am a lucky man to be alive and I am thankful. I certainly have had a lot of fun since then and have enjoyed my life a lot more.

The Place to Party, Eat, Drink and Celebrate!  The HOUSE HOTEL in Galway!

The CRAIC 51 IN THE HOUSE HOTEL, photo by Martina Regan
The Duches at the House
The Duchess of Cornwall enjoying a glass at The House during royal visit to Galway.

Located in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter, The House Hotel has long been a favourite on Galway’s cocktail scene. This November, they are launching a brand new cocktail menu created by their Head Cocktail Bartender, Aileen Cunningham.  Aileen was recently crowned Galway’s best and has won an all-expenses paid trip of a lifetime to Havana, Cuba in recognition of her skills. She also gained headlines for her cocktail ‘The Duchess’  – designed especially for the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to the hotel in May.

This new  House cocktail menu will be launched on Saturday, November 7th in the House cocktail bar and it’s set to be an event not to be missed ! WIth tasty food on offer, and a bursting event calendar, it really is The Place To Party.  

Ideal for that special occasion, The House is the ‘go-to’ venue for 30th and 40th birthdays and engagement parties. Live music,  a late bar, stylish surroundings and a delicious food offering means you literally have everything under the one roof.

Tasty Food   

The perfect venue for a quick lunch, tasty bar bites, or a delicious dinner with friends, The House Bistro is fast becoming one of the best places to dine in Galway. Recent reviews following the Campo Viejo tapas trail, which is due to return to Galway in 2016, left our mouths watering. Offering something for everyone, new Head Chef Kevin Hynes is busy creating new lunch and dinner menus that we can’t wait to taste.Food-Shot-3-(1)

It was a busy season in The House Bistro highlighted by a royal visitor in May. The House hosted Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, and showcased the very best of the Wild Atlantic Way. Kevin’s top suppliers were present on the day and offered a delectable taste of just some of the delicious food that is on offer to us here in Galway.

Not to be a House event without a cocktail – Head Cocktail Bartender Aileen created a cocktail in her honour, which went down a treat. The Duchess is a delicate blend of Dingle Gin, Mumm Champagne & Elderflower liqueur, along with lemon scented dusting, ice cubes infused with rosemary, orange, lemon, and lime zest. It was described by The Duchess of Cornwall herself as being ‘quite innocuous’ and ‘packs a bit of a punch. You’ll need to sip it slowly as it is deceptively strong. Delicious though!”

Well if it’s good enough for royalty we know what we’ll be drinking on our next visit to The House Hotel.

The House Hotel is the place to be at weekends with the best cocktails and music in town, not to mention the atmosphere. With a new cocktail menu about to launch it’s the ideal venue for sports and social clubs, team building and girls nights out, you are sure to find something that tickles your fancy.  


Upcoming Events

Aileen with cocktails at The HOUSE
Aileen with cocktails at The HOUSE. Photo by Martina Regan

Fashion, cocktails, and food… does this sound like the most ideal Friday night? It does to us! The House Hotel are teaming up with the very fashionable ladies in Les Jumelles to bring you Fashion Fridays. Sit back, relax, sip your cocktails and be entertained by some of the most recent fashion items for AW15. Stay tuned to The House Hotel’s Facebook page for more upcoming details.

Also, if you are single, and ready to mingle The House has the perfect night planned for you! The House Cocktail Bar’s Single Parties are coming back with a night of fun planned. Friday 13th November may not be so unlucky for some. Follow The House on Facebook and Twitter to find out more.

Christmas Parties are just around the corner and The House Hotel has a line-up that will keep you partying! Christmas party lunch menu is available from just €18pp, Christmas Dinner menu is just €30pp and with live music form 7.30pm every Friday and Saturday, followed by DJ and ate bar until 2am – it really is The Place to Party this Christmas season.

AsylRoom – Escape in Galway!

Escape the Room is an original concept for an ice-breaking activities in Galway.  AsylRoom on Galway’s West End was created pernamently by a group of passionate of Sherlock Holmes cases and computer games. “That’s why we decided to combine both and similar to other escape rooms start the game in Galway. We feel that such a lively and vibrant city need entertainment like this.” said Oskar Boral local photographer and one of the creators of the AsylRoom complex.

Today it has two rooms to explore but building new way to lock you out for an hour and give you hints and clues to find the way to open the door. The task for team of 2-6 people is to escape from a locked room by using hints and clues that are hidden in it. To solve the riddles, you have to work as a team. The game provide additional information about the way you work with each others and what roles they assume in the group.

Situated on Dominick Street in old original building Asyl Room creates potential for great entertainment for various groups. find out more at http://www.asylroom.com

Video by Darius Ivan

Game of Thrones is the Top Theme this Halloween!

Halloween 2015 is all about Game of Thrones. And you can show off your colourful character recreations at two special Game of Throne themed nights at the King’s Head this spooky season, with all of your costume needs supplied by the fantastic Mez’s Costumes on Middle Street. The fantasy television series has taken over from Breaking Bad as the top trend this Halloween, with legendary creatures, warring factions, lords, ladies and lovers.

12110030_10153360113788500_5965433295929639013_oRe-enact (peacefully) the dynastic struggles amongst the realms’ noble families at the King’s Head on Friday, October 30th and Saturday October 31st from 8:30pm onwards.  With prizes for the best dressed and free craicin’ cocktails for the first 50 punters on both nights, it’s set to be a ghoulish Halloween weekend to remember.

With its very own majestic throne inside the historic walls on High Street, the King’s Head is the perfect background for all of those selfies in your new Game of Thrones outfit from Mez’s Costumes. A dedicated whiskey bar and a new food menu at the Chop House ensures that it is the place to go this Halloween, as the very regal King’s Head is where the real Game of Thrones can begin, right here in Galway.

Mez’s Costumes are bang on trend this season stocking the very best Game of Thrones costumes for your night out. And yet the ghosts and ghouls won’t rest on their laurels either, as Mez has more stock than ever before for you to choose from, with Galway’s largest selection of costumes, costume accessories and themed party supplies.

CRAIC-50-FRONT-COVERsmallAnother favourite this year are the zombie creatures who emerge in the dark of the night.  Mez’s Costumes has all of the zombie items including make-up, wigs, and special effects, from scab blood to liquid latex and special effect wax. With so much on offer, a new sale ‘pop-up-shop’ will open this October with half price costumes for men, women and children.

Keep an eye on their facebook page, Mez’s Costumes, to find out more about this new bargain pop up shop in the city.  Back at their premises on Middle Street, you can find the very latest costumes from the gruesome to the naughty and back.

And they have new opening hours for October; Monday 10-6; Tuesday 10-6; Wednesday 10-6; Thursday 10-8; Friday 10-8; Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 1-5. For Mez’s Costumes Phone (091) 566 667.

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THE MYSTERY OF ‘DEAD TIGER ROUNDABOUT’? Simply Around and About! Just like that!

I remember browsing local info stuff online last August coming across post in Galway’s columnist Charlie Adley’s, Double Vision: WHO UNDERSTANDS THE MYSTERY OF ‘DEAD TIGER ROUNDABOUT’?

As a foreigner I don’t remember well the life in Ireland during the era of Celtic Tiger but I have figured an answer for Charlie’s question good few years ago. Driving trough the roundabout with one exit only when passing Oranmore on the way from Galway to Limerick  made me believe that here is the place where the best way to be is to be around and about, just like that! Right here! Right in Galway! Even right here in Oranmore! Here I’m enjoying my two spins in 30 second of Canon exposure last night!

Photo by Darius Ivan

Original thoughts by Charlie Adley here:

As I drove out of Galway on last week’s Blue Bag trip I noticed that there were traffic cones at Dead Tiger Roundabout. Between Oranmore and Clarinbridge, the roundabout serves as a stunningly apt monument to greed and excess.

Created to serve a housing estate that was never built, it goes nowhere and offers no purpose.  Hopefully those cones meant that it was finally being removed…

The Original Rudeboys, Pearl Jem, Live Forever, Great Monroe’s Live line up

Live forever, the definitive tribute to Manchester’s five piece super group oasis, perform at Monroe’s Live on Friday, September 25th.

Live Forever recreate songs from every era of oasis from the timeless hits of the 90’s when brit pop was at it’s height, to the hits off their final album! Band members are childhood friends who all grew up in south Dublin and formed the band in 2010. They have spent the last five years honing the wall of sound that Oasis are known and loved for! They are without doubt the finest Oasis tribute band Ireland has ever produced.

They have toured Ireland extensively playing many of its’ major venues and festivals. Live Forever are the full five piece line up and bring you a 2 hour show that Ireland has not seen since Oasis themselves played to a sold out Slane castle in ’09.liveForever

Europe’s No 1. tribute band, Pearl Jem, rocks the main stage of Monroe’s Live on Friday, October 9th.

The group returns to Monroe to show why they have been dubbed Europe’s No 1 tribute band. Formed in 2006, their live performance is a must see for all Pearl Jam fans out there due to their honest portrayal of the Seattle Giants. Brendan Reaburn’s effortlessly captures Jeff Ament’s engaging spirit perfectly on stage. Their set list is made up of songs taken from every album in the back catalogue from Ten right up to their most recent offering Lightning Bolt. Support from Raising Jupiter.PearlJem

The Original Rudeboys bring their pop/hip hop sound to Monroe’s Live on Sunday, October 11th.

The Original Rudeboys formed on a couch in north inner city Dublin in March 2011, and have since gained a huge fanbase. After seeing the vast amount of views of their first video ‘Stars In My Eyes on Youtube, the trio decided to get serious about producing music. The video went onto number 2 on iTunes and received national airplay. Don’t miss the chance to see why The Original Rudeboys have been a viral sensation! People are advised to get tickets early to avoid disappointment. Support from I’m Your Vinyl.The-Original-Rudeboys

Delicious Dining at TGO Falafel Bar – By Food Photographer Sita O’Driscoll


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Sita O'Driscoll Photography

Vegetarian and vegan food prepared with ethics and care. The Gourmet Offensive or better known as TGO Falafel has been trading on the Galway Market since 2005. They made a name with their falafel both locally and nationally.

Last year TGO opened a falafel bar which is located on Mary Street in Galway, where they offer a much broader range of delicious vegetarian and vegan food.

It is a must try for anyone to experience quality vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, with the option to take out or eat in their cosy dining area upstairs. 


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The Blizzards Blistering Comeback | Galway360 in Monroe’s Live

‘Second Wind’ and great CRAIC this Easter Sunday with a comeback of the Blizzards from Westmeath in Monroe’s Live.

Irish band originally from Mullingar in County Westmeath formed by Niall Breslin and Killian Egan in late 2004 managed to rock the audience of Galway’s Premier Live Music Venue, Monroe’s Live with their extatic blistering show.

‘Are you Sound?’ ‘He is Sound’ was the motto of the night and Niall Breslin, the frontman and former GAA and Leinster Rugby footballer had the crowd in his possession for the most of the gig.

As a  photographer and 360 degree video producer working in the crowd I know I must say the Blizzards energy striking gig was one of the best performances and shows I’ve seen in the Monroe’s over last 8 years’ was great to be there again

Full Album from the Blizzards Blistering Show at Monroe’s Live here: