Communities, villages and towns throughout Ireland will be organising a packed calendar of gatherings, festivals and events to welcome people from all over the world. With the focus on Ireland's vibrant, living culture, heritage and people it is a chance to experience Ireland like never before.
In Galway there are numerous festivals and events already planned. we have put together a list of the highlights in Galway so far.
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Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG
NUI Galways 2013 Alumni Awards will this year honour international alumni as part of the Gathering 2013. The awards will be presented at the annual Gala banquet on Saturday March 9th 2013.
TheGala banquet will be held in The Bailey Allen Wing located in Aras na Mac Leinn on campus.
Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG, Galway
12th /17th March
Over 40 million TV Viewers will tune in when Ireland hosts the world’s top snooker stars in Galway over St. Patricks weekend. Stars such as world number 1 Mark Selby, World Champion John Higgins, UK champion Judd Trump and Masters champion Neil robinson will be among those attending. The event will be held in the Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway.
Galway fought off stiff competition from cities in the Uk, Malta and Thailand to host the event which promises to be a classic.
28th March- 1st April 2013
Even bigger and better in it’s second year and featuring an extended 5 day programme of fantastic food and free, family friendly events in Galway on the Easter Bank holiday weekend.
4th/ 5th May
Tuam Stars Pitch, Tuam
Based on families competing against other families to be crowned the best footballing family in Connacht. This will involve players from all ages talking part in 7 a side football.( 12 per team) Teams will consist of family members including fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, cousins, nieces and nephews.
We are inviting players from Gaelic clubs throughout Ireland, Uk , USA and Europe to return to play with their family in a fun and action packed weekend.
18th May 2013
Olympic and sprint distance triathlon which makes the most of Spiddal’s blue flag beach, quiet Connemara roads for cycling and finishing with a circuit of the pier and village to finish.
5th May 2013
The Gathering International Mayfly Angling Competition will be held on Lough Corrib in Oughterard, Co. Galway. Invitations have been sent to angkling clubs in the UK, USA, Holland, Germany, New Zealand and Australia.
Merchants Road, Galway City
1st - 2nd June 2013
The Galway Sea Festival 2013 is the start of a legacy festival to include a wide range of maritime activities, community/ family based and citywide incorporating all things maritime, sailing on the bay, kayaking, surfing, Canoeing, swimming, fishing, taditional craft, Beach Safaris and shore based activities including seafood trails, music, dance and entertainment.
1st-2nd June 2013-01-23
Claddagh basin, Claddagh Quay, Galway
The Galway canoe Polo Open will host it’s first International competiton with canoe polo teams travelling from all over the EU on the June bank Holiday weekend 2013.
Galway boasts an ideal location for all water sports on an international scale and this is another example of the diversity of sports in our area.
29th June 2013
Pairc an Creagan, Tuam road, Mountbellew, Co. Galway
The day will start off with friendly matches between the mountbellew teams and it’s visitors at Pairc an Creagan.
Then after there will be a BBQ put on for all the teams and guests.
15th- 21st July
Celebrating 20 years in the hostelling business, award winning Barnacles Galway Hostel is marking it’s birthday with a reunion party and everyone is invited to come.
Loads of music, comedy, special tours and competitions planned.
FREE for everyone staying at the hostel.
7th August 2013
Drom soccer Park, Galway City, Galway
Internationally reknowned youth soccer tournament that attracts leading clubs from all over the Ireland, The UK, Europe, America and the Middle East.
Fifty teams will play over 120 games in three different age groups.
25th August 2013
The city of Galway will host more than 850 guests from the Public Health Nursing fraternity for the 3rd International public Health nursing conference.
The theme of the 2013 edition, ‘Making The Difference: The Public Health Nursing Contribution to Primary Health Care@ reflects the contribution and the difference that public health nursing makes to health o0f populations around the world.
18th, 19th, 20th, 21st September
Aer Lingus are inviting teams from all over the world to compete in the first ever International Hurling festival.
The best hurlers from North America, The UK, Continental Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada will descend on Galway for a three day festival of Ceol, craic sand culture, as well as the first hurling competition of it’s kind.
14th of October
If you have a child, a grandchild, a niece or a nephew, then Galway City in October is the place to be.
This is the biggest celebration of the most diverse art forms for children and families in Ireland, and it all happens in the stunningly beautiful Galway.
2nd- 3rd November
The 3rd Galway Masters International Open Basketball tournament will take place in NUIG Kingfisher in Galway in the first weekend of November 2013.
Teams will be playing for a special ‘Basketball Gathering’ trophy.
The event is run on a voluntary basis and any surplus funds will be donated to a nominated charity.