From exhibitions from local artists to innovative horror comedy to enjoying the natural treasures in our county, we have rounded up all the activities you need to have a great week.
LAYERS with Luke Reidy and Brian Giles

Two of Ireland’s finest emerging printmakers Galway based Luke Reidy and Dublin’s Brian Giles will join forces to showcase two different, yet no less creative and insightful conceptions of the Irish natural world. Luke Reidy works from Galway where he is inspired by the wild Atlantic coast and examining how colour and texture affect his emotions and memory, focusing specifically on his homeplace. With his crisp, simplified iterations of West Clare’s rugged cliffs and Giles’ vibrant depictions of Glasnevin’s astounding Botanical Gardens, they unite their differences to flaunt the beauty of Irish landscape. The open night of LAYERS will take place in Dublin on December 9th with the exhibit to continue until December 12th. For further information visit here.

CROSS STREET Fregoli Theatre Company

A new horror comedy show written by Jarlath Tivnan and performed by Galway based company Fregoli Theatre Company is coming to Roscommon Arts Centre. CROSS STREET embodies the new, energetic and stimulating work Fregoli aim to support. The show begins with protagonist Enid searching for a new home when she discovers a house filled with order and routine. A house meeting is then called to re-establish the order that was broken by Enid. We get an insight into the struggles of each housemate who suffer with their own ghosts from grief to guilt to eating disorders. For more information and tickets visit roscommonartscentre.ie.

A Big Night Out For Breast Cancer Research

Songs from Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Bublé and many more will fill the Salthill Hotel next week for Breast Cancer Research. The Big Moonlight Band, a nineteen piece jazz band, will accompany singers Keith McDonald and Madeleine Connaughton as they belt out all of your favourite songs. This is a night not to be missed! All singers and musicians in the band have kindly donated their services to support breast cancer research and as a result all proceeds raised will go directly to the charity. Tickets are limited due to restrictions and are available from Salthill reception desk or from Big Band Fundraiser – NBCRI (breastcancerresearch.ie).

Green Flag Accredited Locations

Are you looking for a new spot to walk the dogs or bask in the low rays of winter? The Green Flag Awards recently accredited three Galway locations with their prestigious “Best Parks and Gardens to Visit in Ireland” title. The award is recognised worldwide and is awarded to spaces that exceed tough environmental standards in green space management and excellence of visitor attractions. The Galway credited areas included Quinncentennial Park, Council Children’s Millennium Park and The Palace Grounds. To view more of the stunning locations visit Green Flag Award.

Brave the Icy Waters for COPE

Calling all swimming enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies, COPE has just launched their annual Christmas swimming event. Brave the icy waters this Christmas to raise vital funds for COPE Galway who offer services and support for people in Galway who are homeless, women and children experiencing domestic abuse and older people who need social and nutritional support. Since the inaugural swim, the event has grown from strength to strength, bringing thousands of families and friends to Salthill every year. The event will take place on the week of Christmas (December 20th – 26th) with extra safety features like staggered time slots being introduced due to COVID. For registration and further information click here.

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