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Taibhdhearc Theatre was first leased from the Augustinian Fathers by Hilton Edwards. After being refurbished it opened its doors to audiences in August 1928 with a production of "Diarmuid and Gráinne" by Micheál MacLiammóir. Since this date Galway has had a theater which presents plays in the Irish language. The theater also regularly features regular musicals and opera. Many luminaries have appeared at the Taibhdhearc, including playwright and novelist Walter Macken, poet Máirtin Ó Direáin, distinguished actress Siobhán McKenna and actor Seán McClory.
The Quays Bar first got a licence to serve alcoholic beverages back in the 1600s. When you enter, it initially appears that nothing has changed since then. The welcoming atmosphere and impressive embossed wooden decor have withstood the test of time. The Quays features live music most nights, ranging from good traditional bands to more mainstream covers of contemporary music. Winner of the Traditional Irish Music Pub of the Year, this pub/venue is always buzzing, and attracts tourists and locals alike.
Monroe's hosts the best rock bands and offers a wonderful gastronomic experience. One of the popular music venues in the city, this is where some of the Galway's best upcoming bands keep the crown alive with their music. Apart from good music, Monroe's is also known for its many local specialties, tasty beers and an atmosphere that's filled with excitement. A real must for rock and good food lovers.
The Roisin Dubh is internationally renowned as a live music venue. The Frames, and The Handsome Family have all played acoustic sets here, as have various emerging singer/songwriters. Also known as Galway's top comedy venue, the Roisin Dubh has featured top acts like Stewart Lee and Rich Hall. The Galway Comedy Festival draws both local and tourist crowds to the city, and is hosted here. The venue is intimate and atmospheric with good acoustics, and people crowd cozily into the wooden tables and booths. The outer bar is cozy and warm, ideal on a wet winter night. A fire usually blazes just inside the door, and the bar staff are quirky but usually friendly.
Bank of Ireland Theatre, at the National University of Ireland-Galway, is an ideal space to brush up on your cultural knowledge. Their line-up of exotic plays and theatrical productions promises to dazzle one and all. An exotic array of music concerts, live performances and events grace the dais at this eclectic venue that showcases the best of cultural happenings in the city. You will also get to feast on a variety of home productions by the students themselves as you marvel at their creative talents. Call the Arts office for more details on current and upcoming events.