One of the things we really appreciate about Galway is the tremendous number of festivals it hosts. As I type, the 60th annual Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival is well under way. This year they’ve built this huge pavilion on the Fishmarket (apropos, eh?) at the Spanish Arch to accommodate the guests and events. Today we were having lunch on Quay Street and saw at least two separate parades!
At the beginning of September we had the 3rd annual Oscar Wilde Festival, a celebration of the man and his western Ireland roots. I have attended one or more of the functions of this particular festival each year because I am a huge fan of Mr. Wilde; this year it was a play written by a local author called “Kicking Oscar’s Corpse”. Next month we’re going to see two shows at the annual Comedy Festival: Tommy Tiernan and Rich Hall. The main venue for the festival is the Spiegeltent Paradiso, an amazing looking structure that should lend a bit of panache to the event and the city.
June and July typically bring the most popular festivals to town. This summer we attended a play and numerous art shows during the Galway International Arts Festival, a huge to-do that brings in artists both famous and no-so-famous, and a showcase play or two starring well-known actors of Irish descent. This year we were visited by John Mahoney (Fraser’s dad) and Cillian Murphy. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see either of the plays they were in but we hope to rectify that next year. While we had a chance to attend the Food Festival, we didn’t see any of the films featured at the Film Fleadh (that’s pronounced “flah” as far as I can tell). The children’s festival, Baboró, is coming up soon too.
Hardly a month goes by without a festival. Now that I’ve done a bit of research, I find that no months go by without a festival of one sort or another!
PS: New Jamaican restaurant in town, opens in two weeks but they had a “soft” opening today so we got to stop in and meet the proprietor and have some juice and coffee. Can’t wait to try the food!