Craic in Galway – March 2019

Galway is always a hive of activity with a “buzz” of the party atmosphere & where convivial good nature abound.

March is no different with no less than 14 events taking place in the city of the tribes ….  so sit back, fasten your seat belt & take a whirlwind tour of local events over the next four weeks.

March 5th: The monthly recital of the classical Con Tempo string quartet is a much loved monthly event taking place on the 1st Tuesday (March 5th @ 1.10pm) in St Nicholas Church

March 1st to 17th: Seachtain Na Gaeilge festival caters for lovers of the Irish language, culture & heritage takes place from the 1st to 17th March. . Seachtain na Gaeilge has something for everyone; young and old, native and non-native, fluent and novice. All you need is a cúpla focal!

March 2nd: For rugby fans – Connacht plays host to Ospreys at The Sportsground in the Guinness Pro14. Kick-off at 14.45. on Saturday March 2nd

March 2nd: On the same day fitness fans can head to Kinvara for the Rock & road (aptly named!) half marathon & 10k, starting & finishing in the beautiful seaside village of Kinvara. The route will go through some of the most beautiful areas of the famous Burren landscape

March 2nd to 9th: Back to work! Engineers week is taking place 2nd to 9th March. This is an annual campaign presenting the the possibilities a career in engineering can offer and highlight the vital role played by engineers in sustaining the community, is taking place in Galway. (www.engineersweek.ie)

March 6th: Head to a free wellbeing event run by Croi on the beautiful wild Inis Mor. This involves the coming together of diverse community groups with an aim to promote health & wellbeing throughout the islands off County Galway. March 6th 11am to 3pm & 7-9pm. March 7th sees the event on the larger island of Inis Mor.

Don’t forget to check out the Head of the River Rowing Regatta, which will be organised by NUIG boat club & tribesman. It takes place from the mouth of the lake to a little downstream from the Quincentennial Bridge (or the new bridge as it’s known locally, 19 years later!) The boats race for fours and double sculls starts at 10.30am, the race for single sculls and pairs starts at 1.30pm, and the race for eights and quad sculls starts at 4pm. Hundreds of competitors will be involved, and the best viewing points are Dangan slip or on or near the Quincentennial Bridge. (for exact dates & times: www.galwayheadoftheriver.ie)

March 9th: For all those serious fitness fans, Galway never disappoints with a mountain running event taking place today through unmarked routes in the northern Maamturk mountains in wildest Connemara hills with special permission to access these magnificent trails. 22km route for experienced mountain runners plus with a shorter 12km event. Remember the word serious!

 

March 9th: On the same day there is an annual run held on Inis Iron Meáin, the middle island of the Aran Islands small archipelago. The course is an exceptionally scenic one with a choice between a 5km or 10km road race or a more difficult 12km route which includes a spectacular beach run along Ceann Gainimh. All races start at 12.30pm and the island can be accessed via island ferries from Rossaveal or by plane with Aer Árann.

March 10th:Not forgetting  the bikers, on this day the biking blitz takes place – this is a mass start cross country mountain bike event, There are two distances, 16km and 32km and two categories, “Baggy Shorts” for beginners or “Super Pro” for more experienced riders, & als youth categories from U6 to U18. On yer bike! (www.bikingblitz.ie)

March 15th to 17th: The famous St. Patricks day parade. A feast of fun for all the family! The parade starts at 11.30am and runs through Galway city centre for over 1 hour. The event aims to celebrate Galway’s diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events. One of the best days of the year in Galway! www.galwaystpatricksparade.com

March 20th: Sees the Croi Healthy initiative come to Inishbofin

March 22nd: Rugby is back on our minds again with Connacht playing host to Benetton  at the Sportsground in the Guinness Pro14. Kick-off at 19:35.

So there you have it …. rugby, classical music, half & full marathons, rowing regattas, health events on Inis Mor, Inis Mean & Inisbofin, biker events, St Patricks day parade, ceol craic agus mor…. Galway you’re amazing.

Credit to Nathan Winne photography for the fabulous Quay Street image.

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