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Tonnta , Creating new waves on St Brigid’s weekend

Galway, Ireland’s festival city, is about to get another one – Tonnta – celebrating the Irish language and Galway as a bilingual city. Gaillimh le Gaeilge, which works to enhance the visibility and audibility of the Irish language  in Gaillimh | Galway has planned the new festival and is co – funded by Galway City Council, Fáilte Ireland, Plean...

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Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival scoops the Best Food Festival award at the Travel2Ireland Awards

On Friday, October 6th the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, which is produced by Milestone Inventive was awarded Best Food Festival at Irish Travel Trade Network Travel2ireland awards at a glitzy ceremony in Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel.  Presented by MC and award-winning travel writer Fionn Davenport and sponsored by Hertz Car Rental, the Travel2Ireland awards are designed to reward companies that excel in the travel arena here in Ireland.  Founded in...

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Galway Christmas Market to open for extended run

IT’S TIME TO GET FESTIVE AGAIN AT CHRISTMAS MARKET GALWAY 2023 PART 1: NOVEMBER 10 TO DECEMBER 22 (amusements to Dec. 24) and THE SEQUEL: DECEMBER 26 TO JANUARY 7, 2023 The Christmas Market Galway opens on Friday the 10th of November, bringing Christmas cheer to Eyre Square right up until Friday the 22nd of...

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Fire and Shadows Processions announced for Halloween 2023

Fáilte Ireland launch new Samhain night processions in Limerick, Longford and Waterford Pilot scheme aims to further establish Ireland’s position as the Home of Halloween Investment of €200,000 from Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in support of the Night-Time Economy. Fáilte Ireland in partnership with the Department...

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69th Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival

News Release Natives. Flats. Native flats. Ostrea edulis – whatever you call our native oysters – are as much a part of Ireland’s food fabric and history as our butter. Fatty yet not fatty. Nutty without any nuts. A hint of citrus without any fruit. And that unequalled lingering sweet iodine flavour. There is nothing...

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Guess who’s back!

The creators, producers, cast, and crew of Playboy The Musical are delighted to come together once more in support of Pete Nelson, for a raucous and rollicking reworking of Synge’s classic play, set in a radio studio in 1959 and adapted by Diarmuid de Faoite & Justin McCarthy. August 29th 2023 @ 20:00 Tickets €25...

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Arts Council, Festival Makers Conference

In 2020, the Arts Council took a momentous step by organizing the first-ever nationwide assembly of festival makers and festival stakeholders in Ireland. (Change Makers) The second edition of this conference was entitled; ‘The Changing Landscape of Festival’ evolution: adaptation: celebration The Arts Council in partnership with Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of...

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Arts Council at 70

In 2022, the Arts Council marked the 70th anniversary of its very first meeting on 25th January 1952 and presented a programme to celebrate that 70th anniversary by reflecting the excellence of the arts sector in Ireland. Milestone produced three strands within the programme: The Curiosity Series is a podcast series hosted by writer, comedian and...

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IT’S TIME TO GET FESTIVE AGAIN AT CHRISTMAS MARKET GALWAY 2022

News Release The Christmas Market Galway opens on Friday the 11th of November, bringing Christmas cheer to Eyre Square right up until Wednesday 22nd of December.  Now in its 12th year, The Christmas Market Galway will once again fill the city centre with Joy and light and laughter, with over 50 wooden chalets lining the...

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We’re Hiring!

Applications are now open for Galway Christmas Market staff. Roles include: Site Crew Retail Manager Our traders are also hiring: Retail Staff All applications will be passed on to Galway Christmas Market Traders in the weeks before opening. Email CV to info@milestoneinventive.com

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Ceol an Fhómhair Tuam

News Release Galway County Council Arts Office proudly presents Ceol an Fhómhair Tuam as part of the ‘Local Live Performance Programming Scheme’ on Saturday 1st of October at The Palace Grounds, Tuam. This free event kicks off at 5pm and is headlined by Tracy Bruen and Anna Mullarkey with exciting performances from upcoming artists The...

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Ceol an Fhómhair presents Paddy Casey & Mundy in Athenry.

News Release Galway County Council Arts Office proudly presents Ceol an Fhómhair – a programme of dynamic music events taking place in September and October as part of the ‘Local Live Performance Programming Scheme’. On Sunday 18th of September Paddy Casey and Mundy will perform at the Athenry MAD Festival with support from Saoirse Casey....

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Culture Night 2022

News Release Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2022, the one night for all, each autumn, to come out and celebrate the diversity of culture in Ireland together, will take place on Friday, 23rd September. Gather your family, grab your friends or head out on your own, and enjoy Culture Night’s rich and diverse programme of...

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Athenry 2020 Digital St Patrick’s Day Parade

News Release The Corona Virus may have dealt a huge blow to the traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but the town of Athenry has decided to think outside the box and take its St Patrick’s Day parade online! “If the audience can’t gather to see us, let us reach out digitally to our audience...

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Sew Last Season launch free umbrella sharing scheme in Galway

News Release How often have you been caught out in the rain without a brolly to protect you?  Galway social sewing group Sew Last Season have the answer. On Saturday 29th February, they are launching an innovative umbrella sharing scheme Borrow –Stay Dry – Return! Drop into a Galway City library, borrow a beautifully customised...

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UMBRELLA ORPHANAGE – a home for broken and bewildered brollies

Free Umbrella Re-cycling workshops 17-21 February During the week of 17-21 February, artist Jeni Roddy is setting up an Umbrella Orphanage in Galway city centre, where, with the public’s help, she will be re-purposing broken umbrellas and transforming them into functional artworks as street-side rain shelters. She is inviting people to join in the free...

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4 Seasons in one street artwork!

Hope it Rains | Soineann no Doineann unveils a Galway street mural by Shane O’Malley that is as changeable as the weather News Release: Thursday January 23, 2020 The Galway 2020 project Hope it Rains | Soineann nó Doineann has today unveiled a street mural with a difference! Changes, change, by Galway-based artist Shane O’Malley,...

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Galway, we need 1000 broken umbrellas!

UMBRELLA ORPHANAGE News Release Umbrella Orphanage is part of Hope it Rains | Soineann nó Doineann, a project for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture which aims to turn our bad weather to good use, to make Galway the place to be because it rains and blows. What more of a symbol of Galway’s weather is there...

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Galway Oyster Festival 2019

The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival runs from 27th to 29th September 2019 – a festival 65 years in the making celebrating an Irish tradition thousands of years old News Release Click here for images and video Natives. Flats. Native flats. Ostrea edulis – whatever you call our native oysters they are as much...

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Weatherproof Me! – Weatherproofing Galway for 2020

News Release Announcing an international design competition to celebrate Galway’s unique weather as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture If ever a European Capital of Culture needed to be prepared for all weathers it’s Galway. HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN is a Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture project which, through...

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SALTHILL SUMMER SUNDAY MARKET – OPENING MAY 12TH 2019

News Release There’s a brand new addition to your summer weekends on the horizon as the inaugural Salthill Summer Sunday Market is set to open on May 12th.  Located beside the Prom car park, near the roundabout, in the heart of Salthill Village, the weekly market will run every Sunday from 10am – 4pm during the...

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The Red Line Book Festival 11th – 15th October 2017

News Release The Red Line Book Festival is a celebration of all things literary.  It provides a programme of events and workshops aimed to attract culturally curious audiences of all ages and interests from both the local and wider community. The initiative is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts. The...

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The Red Line Book Festival, 11th to 15th October 2017 – Save the Date!

News Release The Red Line Book Festival is a celebration of all things literary.  It provides a programme of events and workshops aimed to attract culturally curious audiences of all ages and interests from both the local and wider community. The initiative is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries...

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A Nation’s Voice, Easter Sunday 2016

News Release The Arts Council and RTÉ today announced full details of A Nation’s Voice, an open-air, free performance taking place on Easter Sunday afternoon at The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, Dublin which will include the world première of One Hundred Years a Nation, a major new orchestral and choral...

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Community Spirit Alive and Well in Galway

Being in the events business, Milestone has built up a stock of useful equipment for events – 2 way radios, megaphones, pop-up tents and more. For the first time we’ve begun making some of this available, such as last weekend, in the Darkness Into Light Walk in Galway. We would like to let it be known...

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Milestone Inventive Going Global!

A Korean Milestone!   Galway’s own Milestone Inventive is going global, with Managing Director Maria Moynihan Lee next week taking up an invitation to visit Korea and advise on developing maritime and seafood festival tourism and to speak at a major International conference as well as to students and faculty at Pai Chai University.  ...

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ECOC Ireland 2020 – that’s all very lovely but how are we going to pay for it?

Contrary to popular belief, winning the designation of European Capital of Culture does not bring with it a huge pot of European money.  A key factor in a winning bid is proving that the city can pay for it. In Eurospeak, “responsibility for implementation and funding is devolved to the local level”, which is a terribly...

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European Capital of Culture Ireland 2020 – The not-so-secret winning formula

Continuing our blog about all things ECOC 2020, we thought we would share with you the results of the scoping exercise we conducted quite some time ago in order to try and arrive at the recipe for the winning formula. We read the reports and we asked the experts and here’s what we gleaned and...

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European Capital of Culture Ireland 2020 – how the 4 Irish bids are shaping up

The open call for Irish submissions was made on December 17th and according to this the deadline for submitting applications to host the European Capital of Culture 2020 has been set for October 17th 2015.  That’s late – the winner for 2019 was announced in October 2014 – but for once it isn’t Ireland’s fault,...