The Galway Quilting Festival is not like other foreign covering festivals, where guests can easily get lost in the expanse of a huge convention centre. This event has the excellence of being held in a custom built Quilter’s Hamlet, beside the Corrib River. This creates a far more intimate experience, where one can wander among the diverse stalls and workshops of the Quilter’s Market without becoming disoriented by the sheer scale of the operation . A range of local handicrafts, bread and cakes, chocolates and confectionary are all on sale, while a School House offering lessons and a Quilter’s Canteen are also available .
The peaceful surroundings of the 4 Star Ardilaun Hotel will make sure you come home from your break refreshed and revived. Meander round the wonderful grassed areas or work out in the leisure centre, complete with gym and 18 metre pool – it’s down to you. It is ideally situated between Galway Bay and the centre of the city, making it perfect accommodation for conferences or as a base when attending one of the many events and holidays on the Galway social calendar. For half a century the Ryan family has been welcoming visitors and making sure that the hotel’s standard standard of service is maintained.
Every year, the week long celebrations of the Galway Races begin on the last Monday in July. Focused on and around horse-racing, this main calendar event of the county happens at Ballybrit race course. The high spots of the Races ( the only Irish seven-day race meeting ) are Wed., the day of the Galway Plate, and Thursday ( Ladies’ Day ), when the Galway Hurdle is held and voting occurs to crown the most trendy female race goer. It is accepted as the premier racing holiday in Eire, successfully mixing sport with social networking. There’s really something for everybody here, whether or not you are simply absorbing the electric atmosphere or placing a bet on a fave. Target the horses, or have a drink, with lager and poo flowing. Or, what about the oysters or live bands? One thing is sure – this isn’t an event that you’ll not easily forget.
Found in the gorgeous hamlet environment of Claregalway, on the border of the city, the prize winning Claregalway Hotel provides ideal accommodation for those that need to explore all the west of Eire has to offer . Connemara is within reach as a destination for a day tour, while Salthill and the colourful city centre are also easily accessible. The Airfield and all major routes are also nearby. The 48 sumptuous ensuite guestrooms are all complete along with power shower, air conditioning and plasma Television, making this one of the finest hotels in the county.
June thirty to July 8 2012 will be a ten day party in Galway, with a line up of celebratory events, as the Volvo Sea Race Holiday graces the city with its presence. As many as 12 boats are predicted to sail into Galway Docks from Lorient during the 2nd last leg of the race. It is conservatively estimated that the population of the city will temporarily swell by at least 40,000 folks as they come to witness the conclusion of the Volvo Round the World Sea Race. The last leg will be a race circumnavigating the Irish coast, and is predicted to last a few days. It’ll conclude in Galway Bay, with an In-Port race and closing ceremony.
A good option, especially for larger groups or families who may want accommodation which is cheaper than a Galway hotel may be Galway Self Catering which is of a very high standard and very affordable.