St Patrick’s Festival event lineup for Galway City

Galway Daily news St Patrick's Festival event lineup for Galway City

This year will see more than just a St Patrick’s Day celebration tomorrow, but a whole festival planned for the four day weekend.

Friday has also been designated as a public holiday this year, as people are eager to celebrate the holiday for the first time in three years.

There is a range of music, sports, crafts, and other fantastic events planned to run in Galway City over the remainder of this week.

Things are actually kicking off a bit early with the Greening of city centre streets and Bádóirí an Chladaigh in the Claddagh Basin from Wednesday.

Local artist Brendan Savage from the Galway Light Festival has been commissioned by the city council to design a new Greening experience ‘Reflections on a Nation’ that will bring the streets to life.

The centrepiece of the festival will of course be the iconic St Patrick’s Day parade, wending its way through the city centre on Thursday morning.

This year’s parade, making its triumphant return after two years’ cancellation, will be led by Galway’s Olympic Medalists Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh.

But there are many more events that will take place over the next four days in the 2022 St Patrick’s Festival.

Eyre Square Music Fest

March 17-20

A four day festival of free music will take place in Eyre Square, showcasing the talents of a wide array of local musicians.

March 17
15.00 – 16.00 | Amazing Apples
16.30 – 17.00 | Hession School of Irish Dance
17.30 – 18.30 | BackWest

March 18
14.30 – 15.30 | Rón
16.00 – 16.45 | Sonny Casey
17.00 – 18.00 | Niamh Regan
18.15 – 19.30 | Anna Mullarkey

March 19
14.30 – 15.15 | Katie O’ Connor & Steven Sharpe
15.30 – 16.30 | Tracy Bruen
16.45 – 17.45 | Big Jelly
18.00 – 19.00 | Ultan Conlon

March 20
14.30 – 15.30 | 4 Men & a Bass
16.00 – 17.00 | Aengus Hackett & Barbara Vulso
17.30 – 18.45 | Galway Bay Jazz Band

Family Fun Sports Day

Salthill Park – March 19

Galway Sports Partnership is putting on a Saturday of fun sporting activities for all the family.

Why not come and take part or try a new sport outdoors with activities such as Beach Volleyball, Tag Rugby and much more to enjoy over the weekend.

Galway Lawn Tennis Club will also host an open day on March 18.

St Nicholas Market

Churchyard Street – March 17 – 20

The much loved food and crafts market will be open across the entire four day weekend for people to get a taste of some artisan food, and the work of fine craftspeople.

Other Events


Curry’s Funpark (Salthill Amusements) | From March 12
Bingo Loco |  March 17 & 18
Gift Grub 2022 – Mario Rosenstock | March 19

Town Hall Theatre

Live Again  |  March 16
Declan O’Rourke |  March 19
Limbo |  March 20

Róisín Dubh

John Conneely Inc |  March 20
Galway Street Club  |  March 17
Club GASS (LGBTQ+ Club Night) |  March 18
The Dirty Circus: Burlesque & Cabaret |  March 19
Bruised Orange – A John Prine Tribute |  March 20

Saint Nicholas’ Collegiate Church

Galway Sessions |  March 16

Monroes Live

Amazing Apples  |  March 17
Jack Botts  |  March 18
Robert Grace  |  March 18
Urban Friday  |  March 18
N.O.A.H. |  March 19

Galway Arts Centre

Mountain Language is a group exhibition featuring exciting Irish and international contemporary artists: Duncan Campbell, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Sarah Pierce, Alice Rekab, Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman.

The exhibition looks at language and identity through a range of mediums including sculpture, film, photography, installation and performance.

A performance piece by Sarah Pierce will take place on Saturday, March 19 at 4:30pm. The free event will happen at the Arts Centre