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Pick of the week: seven quirky things to do in Galway this week

By Sarah Finnan

November 19, 2019 at 3:19pm


It’s cold outside, the evenings are dark and miserable, all you want to do is snuggle up in bed.

Well, I don’t think you should do that.

Why? Because there’s so much going on that you’ll have serious FOMO if you call it a night and head home.

Galway is a hub of activity on a good day but now with the arrival of the Christmas Market, it’s taken things to new heights. Literally...the Ferris wheel is 32 metres high.

Throw on your thermals, grab a cup of something hot (mulled wine or hot chocolate, either are good) and you’ll be absolutely grand. No complaining now, ya hear?

Vintage Kilo Sale

One of Dublin’s finest vintage vendors, Tola is bringing the roadshow to Galway. Just pay the €1 entrance and thrift to your heart’s content. According to the Facebook event, there will be “tonnes of vintage clobber for you to pick through”. Challenge accepted.

Simply pick your fave items and pay by the kilo. This Sunday 24th in the Galmont Hotel & Spa, from 10am to 5pm.

Nude Neon Life Drawing


Organised by Drink & Draw, it does what it says on the tin. Basically, you’ll paint a nude model under UV black lights. And by paint the model I mean paint them on a canvas, not physically put paint on the model themselves. Obviously.

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We had an amazing time at our two soldout events during Galway Arts Festival. It was definitely one of the maddest weekends we have done so far using fairylights to light the whole venue. Huge thanks to @biteclub for their amazing cocktails and food. We are back on Sauday 17th August for our biggest Drink & Draw ever... THE MAD HATTERS PARTY: Alice In Wonderland inspired art party. 🖌 WHAT TO EXPECT? *Themed decorations *Quirky performers (Including a breakdancing rabbit, The Mad Hatter & more) *Alice in Wonderland inspired paintings and stencils *DJ Set from the Mad Hatter *Speed Painting ( Irelands popup art rave) Tickets are 100% going to sellout we advise getting them soon. See you soon <3 #galway #ireland #event # painting #art #artists #arts #artsgalway '#westireland #thisisgalway #galwayireland #biteclub #electricgalway #paintireland

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No previous painting experience or inclination for art necessary. Get your tickets here.

The Big, Fat Christmas Quiz

The Big, Fat Christmas Quiz gets a big, fat yes from me. Anything Christmas related and you can count me in.

Put your silly season knowledge to the test as you answer questions on everything from movies to songs to traditions and everything in between. The Skeff Bar, 7pm – be there or be square. The frozen strawberry daiquiris are good brain fuel just FYI.

(Photo: The Big, Fat Christmas Quiz Facebook event page)

Galway Street Art Tour

Often described as the Bohemian capital of Ireland, the street art scene in Galway is definitely worth exploring. Run by the Good Vibrationz art collective (who also host the Dublin street Art Tour), you’ll be treated to a walk-through of the best street art in the City of Tribes.

Below is an example of some of the street art you can expect to see.

At the time of writing, tickets for the event have not yet gone live but keep an eye on the Facebook event page as a link will be posted soon. Bound to sell out so be act quickly if you want to go.

Pride Cocktail Party

Though most pride events usually occur around June, Bar Nova celebrates it year-round – as they should. Located on William Street, staff are keen to welcome you in to see the newly refurbished upstairs bar. And with the promise of cocktails, laughs and great tunes, it sounds like it will be a night to remember. Sure what more could ya want?

All in aid of Galway Community Pride, show your support.

Christmas Market

Visiting Galway during the months of November and December without a trip to the market would be nothing short of a cardinal sin.

Mulled wine, chocolate treats, burgers, beer – the annual market has it all. Housed on Eyre Square, there are also loads of different amusements and funfair rides including a giant Ferris Wheel offering the best views of the city.

Galway Dark Tour

If a walk on the dark side of Galway sounds like your sorta gig, then read on. Lead by an experienced guide you’ll be let in on all the city’s gruesome stories. How gruesome? Very.

There will be tales of woe about executions, hangings, murders and much more. Suited to anyone wanting to learn about the lesser told side of history. The tour will take you around Forthill Cemetery, the King’s Head Pub, Spanish Parade, Lynch’s Memorial Window and Galway Cathedral. Running Monday to Saturday, pre-booking is essential.


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