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July 2005

Galway Arts Festival (11 - 24 July)

The 28th Galway Arts Festival celebrates artistic innovation from around the world, with a programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy. The celebrations begin on Monday 11th July and continue to Sunday 24th July. To find out more click here!

Galway Races - Summer Festival (25 - 31 July)

The Galway Races has become the greatest of all Irish Racing Festivals and probably the most lavish, colourful and sociable fixtures in the Irish Racing World. It is not only a great sporting event, but also a unique social occasion filled with atmosphere, passion and craic, and attracts both the true racegoer and socialites alike. The excellent racing, oyster bars, champagne and beer tents, jazz bands, trade stands, race card competitions and even a best-dressed lady competition on Thursday, combine to ensure there is something for everyone and be part of what is truly an unforgettable experience.

Galway Film Fleadh (5 - 10 July)

The Galway Film Fleadh is a six day international film event held every July. For a day by day guide, just click on the relevant day on our "What's On Calendar" in the left hand side column. Click here for more details!

Clare Island Regatta (17th of July)

Curragh racing, Yawl race, and load of fun on the shore too, with Tug of War, Sack race, etc... Click here for more details!

O'Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival (26 - 30 July)

The O'Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival takes place in Keadue each summer - Ireland's Tidiest Town. The Festival includes concerts, ceilidhe, harp recitals, International Harp Competition, music sessions and lectures in its programme. Contact: Mr Paraic Noone. Telephone: +353 (0)71 9647204, Fax: +353 (0)71 96 47511

Western Veteran & Vintage Motor Rally (22 - 24 July)

Annual summer run of the Western Veteran & Vintage Motor Club (WVVMC), also known as Westrun. This three-day international event commences with a static display of vintage and classic cars at the Spanish Arch in Galway on the Friday from 14.00-18.00, followed by a pre-rally reception in the Corrib Great Southern Hotel at 21.00. On Saturday, some 200 vintage and classic cars from all over Ireland will travel to Connemara. Our dinner dance will be at the Corrib Great Southern Hotel at 20.30. Contacts: Mr Ernst Wijnekus. Telephone: 091 794889.

Claddaghduff Pony Show (24th of July)

Contact: Connemara Tourism, Tel: 095 22622.

All Ireland Open Dancing Championship Festival of Dancing and Country Music (1 - 3 July)

This year the festival has been re-located to Longford Arms Hotel, Longford Town. Contact: Mr. James Lee. Tel: 091 632338 or Esther Fahy, Tel: 091 631034.