May bank holiday

Loads of things to do this May bank holiday in both Dublin and Galway

Camden Crawl  is back for the whole long weekend, bringing awesome music from over 150 international and Irish acts, in 15 venues around Dublin. Most of the venues are only minute away from Barnacles Temple Bar, and with the one pass for all venues system, you can enjoy the whole weekend of amazing music!

Barnacles hostels

An Tostal , Salthill , Saturday

A festival showcasing the very best of of curach racing, An Tostal, takes place in Salthill. The main highlight is the All Ireland Currach Racing where teams from Donegal, the Aran Islands, Connemara, Clare, and Kerry speed across Galway Bay to become the overall winner! A Tug O’War and Weights Throwing Competitions between the local teams of Connemara provides plenty of fun for those that don’t have to participate!

There is also Traditional Irish Dancing displays along with some of the very best of Connemara’s Sean Nós Dancers; Live bi-lingual commentary of the races to keep spectators up to date and entertained; Barbecue on the prom; Galway Hookers from the Claddagh in Galway City perform a parade of sail all along the shore of Salthill

Galway Barnacles hostel


Laughter Championship

This year marks the inaugural year for Ireland’s Laughter Championship. Contestants are asked to demonstrate different types of laugher (eg a maniacal laugh or a diabolical laugh) and are then judged on their technique. The main aim is to improve the expression of positive human emotions. There is no admission charge for the event and there will be live entertainment, including laughter yoga demonstrations, face-painting, games, and music at the championship. Entering the championship costs €10 with the title of Irish Laughter Champion to play for. All proceeds will be donated to Jigsaw, a free and confidential support service for young people in Galway city and county. Place: Harbour Hotel in Galway.

Galway hostel