Musicians performing on the street in West Ireland

West IrelandArts & Culture

West Ireland Cultural Attractions Regional Picks

The West of Ireland, especially Galway City, is seen as the cultural hub of Ireland. People say this is due to the more artistic courses offered by Galway's colleges, or people looking to head out West for a slower pace of living, or a mixture of both. As a result, you'll find endless art galleries, artisan coffee shops and cultural nights as you stroll along the city's cobbled streets.

Cultural Tourist Attractions

Literary Points of Interest

While the West of Ireland may be a great to find the inspiration for your latest novel or to enjoy the peace needed for finally reading that book you bought... three years ago!— literary points of interest are few and far between in the region. Your best bet is to head for the larger towns of the West, find a library and then head back to the peace and quiet.

Clare County Library Clare

  • +353 (065) 684 6350
  • clarelibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Ennis, County Clare
  • Open Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10a.m. to 5.30p.m. Tuesday & Friday 10a.m to 8p.m. Saturday 10a.m. to 2p.m.(Closed Sunday)

Galway County Library Galway

  • +353 (091) 561 666
  • Website
  • Find on Google Maps
  • St Augustine St, Galway City
  • Open 2p.m to 5p.m. 11a.m to 8p.m Tuesday to Saturday. (Closed Sunday)

Ballybane Library Galway

  • +353 (098) 25747
  • mayolibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Castlepark Rd, Co.Galway
  • Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10a.m to 7p.m. Thursday & Friday 10a.m to 5p.m. Saturday 10a.m to 4p.m. (Closed Weekend)

Westport Library Mayo

  • +353 (091) 509 244
  • galwaylibrary.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Westport, County Mayo
  • Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10a.m to 7p.m. Thursday & Friday 10a.m to 5p.m. Saturday 1a.m to 4p.m. (Closed Sunday & Monday)

Art Galleries & Installations

It's of little wonder, considering the tendency of Irish people of a more artistic mindset to flock to the West, that there is now a huge supply of art galleries in the region. Local artists selling their wares, artists that have stopped by for the summer and exhibitions by touring artists, have turned the West into a Mecca for people trading in art or simply 'having a look'.

Courthouse GalleryClare

The Russell GalleryClare

Phillip MorrisonClare

The Burren Art GalleryClare

Atlantic Way GalleryClare

Galway City GalleryGalway

Mike Weerakoon SculptorGalway

Vanda Luddy Art GalleryGalway

No.4 GalleryGalway

  • +353 (0) 86 449 1366
  • Find on Google Maps
  • St Bridget's Place, Co. Galway
  • Open Weekdays 9a.m to 4p.m. (Closed Weekends)

E Brun Art Galery and BarGalway

Galway Arts CentreGalway

Stronach GalleryMayo

Western Light Art GalleryMayo

Hamilton GallerySligo

Teach Bán Art GallerySligo

Music & Concert Venues

The best way to find out about live music in the West of Ireland is to chat with somebody in the local pub. It is not exactly a region known for attaching international stars. There are townhall type music venues in many of the larger towns but these are more for stage plays and community events than for anything else.

Glór Theatre Clare

Róisín Dubh Galway

Town Hall Theatre Galway

Monroe's Tavern Galway

  • +353 (091) 583 397
  • monroes.ie
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Courthouse Square, Co. Galway
  • Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10a.m to 11.30p.m Friday & Saturday 1a.m to 2.30a.m. Sunday Noon to 11.30p.m.

The Black Box Theatre Galway

The Royal Theatre and Event Centre Mayo

Town Hall Theatre Westport Mayo

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