December 8, 2023

Bank Holiday Saturday

Well, it’s all happening this bank holiday weekend. There is no denying it, the Galway Comedy Festival are delivering a feast of entertainment right on our doorstep. From intimate venues to large theatres, there is something for everyone this Saturday. We’ve had to break our gig guide up into bite sized pieces for you to enjoy.  And this is just a flavour of what is on offer in this magical city of the tribes. 

Roisin Dubh:

2pm: Tom O’Mahony; Clattered:

Having featured in the hit RTE show, Bridget and Eamon, and supported the likes of comedic giants Neil Delamare and Tommy Tiernan, Tom O’Mahony comes to the stage at the Róisín Dubh this Saturday, October 29th as part of the Galway Comedy Festival.

4:30pm: Andrew Ryan; Yes, I Just Said That:

This cheeky chap from Cork brings his own style of wit to the Róisín Dubh this afternoon. Building a solid reputation on the UK and Irish comedy circuit, Ryan has performed stand-up on Russell Howard’s Good News, Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Comedy Central at The Comedy Store, and Funny Rotten Scoundrels.

7:30pm: Kevin McAleer; Why Am I Here:

The comedy delights continue at the Róisín Dubh with Kevin McAleer. His performance on Derry Girls has introduced him to a new audience, generating a legion of fans thanks to the stone faced ‘boring Uncle Colm’ persona.  The Tyrone storyteller is renowned for his quick wit, solid delivery and razor-sharp timing. Why is he here? Because he is simply the best.

8pm: Tigh He He Comedy Club:

This Saturday night, the Tigh He He comedy club plays host to a legion of stars including Reginald D. Hunter, Allyson June Smith, Jojo Sutherland, and Aideen McQueen

10:30pm: The Galway Street Club and Friends:

The night continues with the vibrant musical stylings of the bubbling Galway Street Club.  This merry band of local and international musicians bring an energetic mix of blues, rock, trad, ska folk and Americana. They will be joined by comedians The Wild Geeze, Andrew Ryan and Andy Askins.

Monroe’s Live

9pm: Qween:

Monroe’s Live is renowned for hosting the best tribute acts from across Europe. This Saturday, Qween will bring the music of the legendary rockers to the stage. Performing their greatest hits with the style and flair of the original ensemble. Guaranteed to rock you all night long.

The King’s Head

2:30pm: Comedy Improv All Stars:

These four talented performers are gearing up for an afternoon of spontaneity and comedy gold. Improv tests the skills of any comedian, and this stellar line up of Steve Steen, Ian Coppinger, Andy Smart and Stephen Frost are at the top of their game.

10:30pm: The Lewd Tunes:

This band bring the best of modern hits and contemporary classics with their own pop and soul twist. With a prolific set list ranging from George Erza to The Jackson Five, you will be dancing the night away to the rousing rhythm of this energetic ensemble.


8pm: Dylan Moran; We Got This:

Join BAFTA and Perrier award winner Dylan Moran for a hilarious feast of fun through frustration and folly. Known for the four stages of life, child, failure, old and dead, you can’t but laugh at the challenges of the modern world thanks to the stylings of this comedic giant.

The Loft at Seven

8pm: Joe Rooney; A Celebration of Father Ted.

Comedian Joe Rooney brings a special guest by means of the spoilt and coddled Eoin McLove (Pat McDonnell) in this special tribute to celebrate the much-loved television series, Father Ted. The energetic Rooney has made a name for himself on the comedy circuit, long before his appearance as Father Damo, thanks to his timing and musical talent.

The Crane Bar

8pm: Biddy O’Loughlin: Funny Girl, Sad Songs:

The Australian writer, actor, singer and filmmaker has a claim to fame whereby her left elbow made a stoic appearance in a Heinz soup commercial. Fooliwng the success of ‘The Girl Who Thought She Was Irish’, O’Loughlin travelled to Europe and Canada with her unique form of observation and humour. Now, she brings her show, ‘Funny Girl, Sad Songs’ to the intimate setting of the Crane Bar in Galway’s Westend.

Macnas at Fisheries Field

12pm-8pm: Con Mór:

Meet the magical mythical giant Con Mór sitting in his statuesque pose at the Fisheries Field this bank holiday weekend. Always a treat, theatrical company Macnas have created the Bird King in all his glory with feathers galore.

As always, tickets for the Galway Comedy Festival are available at

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