September is all about starting fresh and new adventures. Get out of your comfort zone this month by trying some of the wonderful things going on in Galway this week. Start your journey by visiting a brand new coffee spot, feel empowered by Kaye Donachie’s art or dive right in and unleash your creative side with Haiku poetry.
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing with Haiku Na Mara

Cleggan Fringe Festival will host an introductory workshop on how to write a haiku, a Japanese poem famous for its rich history, precise punctuation and stunning imagery.  You will start by taking a local ginko (composition stroll in nature) for inspiration. Follwing this, you will learn the key techniques for writing and editing haiku, along with a short history of the form and examples by Maeve O’ Sullivan, renowned published haiku poet. Participants are encouraged to share their work with the group and learn together. It will take place Saturday 11th from 11am – 2pm and costs €35 (€25 for unwaged). Booked by emailing

Make A Bang With Trinity Walton Club

“If you mix steam and ice in a cup, you’re going to make a bang. If you bring creative minds together, you can have the same effect” according to the organisers of Steam + Ice. If you have a brainbox in your house who is bursting with innovative ideas, Steam + Ice are here to make their dreams into reality. Open to 1st year to 6th year students, participants are challenged to find solutions to local and global issues, receiving support and advice on how to launch their own innovative start-up project. Being delivered virtually, students will learn how to design, monetise, and pitch their product to customers and investors with the final pitch taking place on October 13th. Winners will receive a prize package including Trinity Walton Club scholarships, continued business mentorship from Tangent as well as their own project’s branded hoodies. Further details and application forms can be found here


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Be Empowered By Kaye Donchie

Lismore Castle Arts are back with another moving exhibition by Kaye Donachie. Her paintings pay tribute to historical female figures; modernist performers, futurist actresses and non-conformist poets become protagonists connected by their unconventional beliefs and preferences. Maria Lani, a silent film actress who inspired ‘The Woman of a Thousand Faces’ is the newest body of work for her exhibition at Lismore. For more information on the exhibition, please visit their website here.

Grab a Cuppa Joe at Plámás

Attention all coffee lovers, there is a new place to get your caffeine fix. Located on Dominick Street, Plámás has recently opened their doors to the people of Galway. Notes of dark chocolate and caramel sweetness and 50-50 blend of coffee from Brazilian producers Minas Gerais and Guatemala’s La Libertad make Plámás the ideal spot for your coffee fix. They are supporting local by using a locally roasted coffee from Geometry Coffee Roasters. Stocked full of Galway inspired gifts from local artists, makers and shakers. Pop in for a chat, a coffee and a browse. Visit their Instagram here.


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Get Creative With Galway Fringe Festival

Calling all artists, musicians, poets and playwrights, The Galway Fringe Festival are inviting to get involved in their carnival-style performing arts spectacle. Host an event in a location of your choosing in the following categories: live projections, art installations, street spectacle or performance and exhibitions. Your event will be promoted across the festival’s social media platforms and website. Entries close on September 15th at 5pm so get brainstorming! For an application and further information email with “Galway Fringe Live 2021” in the subject line.