The Connacht Hotel


Throughout 2019 The Connacht Hotel have been celebrating its 50th anniversary as part of the Galway community. Throughout this time the hotel has become an industry leader, with much of its success equated to its loyal customers, its commitment to the local community and its strong teamwork. Similarly, Connacht Rugby has an unrivalled tradition of supporting the community, a devoted fan base, and teamwork at its core.  This shared value system is why the relationship between the Connacht Hotel and Connacht Rugby continues to be such a perfect partnership.


Baboró Highlights

September 24, 2019

Based in Galway on Ireland’s West Coast, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. In its 23rd year now the festival continues to go from strength to strength. Ahead of Galway 2020 kicking off next year the festival plays an integral role in fostering culture and an appreciation of the arts amongst the next generation in Galway.



If you are planning a Midterm Break with all the Family this Halloween, we've put together a list of some of the family-friendly events taking place throughout Galway over the October Mid-term Break.  As proud sponsors of MACNAS -  YOUNG ENSEMBLE, the highlight for us has to be the annual Macnas Parade that takes to the streets on Sunday 27th October. Here's some of the highlights from previous years to give you a taste of what is to come. 


2020 promises to be an incredible year in Irelands cultural heart on the Western seaboard. The European City of Culture title has been embraced with exuberance by locals, with the programme that is in place there is truly something for everyone. 


It’s just over six months since we began or focus on turning the Connacht Hotel into a greener and more environmentally friendly business. Since then we have seen an amazing buy in from our team and countless benefits to the business The first step was to set up a Green Team with members from every department in the hotel whole we’re all tasked with making their own department more environmentally friendly as well as coming up with suggestions for the hotel in general.

We are so proud that we can show in the first 6 months of this year; 

Reduced our straws by 16%
Reduced our Paper usage by 19%
Reduced our Paper cup usage by 75%
Increased our recyclable waste increased by 20%
Reduced our Gas units by 4%



Anyone else feeling a bit sad after the last three brilliant weeks of festivities in Galway, it almost feels like we are on the run in to the C word already. Fear not Galway is the county of festivals and there is no shortage of fantastic events on the horizon. From next Monday August 12th Galway Pride kicks off with a week long schedule of events. From panel discussions in Irish, Mental Health Events, Comedy Nights and of course the Pride Parade there’s something for everyone in this years Galway’s Community Pride Festival.


Published in Galway Daily; 4th August 2019

Race week is always a crazy time for the hospitality industry in Galway as visitors pack hotels, bars, and restaurants throughout the city for the world famed celebrations.
It was a particularly busy week for the Connacht Hospitality Group which has put on a week of incredible events that shine a spotlight on everything that makes Race week so well know; high fashion, fun guests, and good craic for all.

The Connacht Hospitality Group is a growing family business in Galway that comprises three hotels, Galway’s long running Connacht Hotel, home to the 24/7 Active Fitness Centre; the recently Forster Court Hotel; and the stylish boutique Residence Hotel on Quay street.


We stumbled upon this write up from Andrea Mara | on her stay with us in The Connacht Hotel and even though it's been a while it's still very relevant if you are planning a short family trip to Galway. 

Andrea Mara is a a freelance writer, blogger, newly published author, and mum of three.  Office Mum is about being a parent, about juggling work and home, and mostly about being a human today, muddling through! 


Thanks again Andrea and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. 


We were delighted to sponsor the feature race, The Connacht Hotel Handicap at The Galway Races on the opening day 29th July 2019. 


Beach Clean Up

July 17, 2019

Some of the members of our #GreenTeam spent a damp July morning in Rinville Park cleaning up along the coastline.


We are delighted to welcome back so many families, year after year here at the Connacht Hotel. Guests who have stayed with us over the last 50 years return again and again bringing their children and even their grandchildren back for their Summer Holidays in Galway.

Re-connect and bring the whole family together this Summer. We look forward to welcoming you & making lifelong memories!


Galway 2020

July 01, 2019

The signs are getting bigger as the day is drawing nearer. 2020 is the year long awaited by all to express Galway’s diverse and rich culture across Europe. This is a chance to highlights Galway’s features in a new light. A chance for artists to show their potential, musicians to demonstrate their talents and communities to come together.

No matter what kind of event you’re looking for in Galway, you’re bound to have an exciting time. Galway has such a diverse, yet traditional culture filled with creative, fun communities who are proud of where they’re from! Galway is proudly known as Ireland’s “Cultural Heart” due to its reputation for Irish culture music, art, dance and language traditions.



Galway Daily spoke with our Guest Relations Manager, Louise Petite. 

Galway’s Connacht Hotel has been a stalwart part of the travel and tourism landscape in Galway for decades, and on its fiftieth anniversary is celebrating a lifetime of ensuring that families get the best possible experience in the west.

Lousie Pettit is the Guest Relations Manager at the Connacht Hotel with the best part of 20 years experience creating unforgettable holiday experiences there. She’s far from the longest serving person on the team however, with some members of staff who have worked there since the 70s and seen the hotel evolve many times.


LISTEN IN TO GALWAY BAY FM  - 10th - 15th June 2019

This week it’s more glamour for The A List listeners as Alan Murphy is giving away a race week fashionista treat and all in aid of a most worthy charity, Act for Meningitis. We have tickets to The Connacht Hotel Race Week Bubble & Brunch event to giveaway this week. Tune in from 3pm each day for a chance to win.


Summer Holidays fly by, so let’s create some memories of days out and adventures with the family to last a lifetime. Family life is busy and demanding but just oh so rewarding when you get a chance to take a break and enjoy some quality family time together.
Reconnect and recharge those batteries with a summer break in Galway. We’ve got some great summer family packages with a wide choice of family rooms and self-catering apartments in Galway, along with onsite family dining, swimming pool and a well organised Kids-club – we’ve got your summer breaks covered!


As we celebrate our 50th year, we've compiled a list of 50 Reasons We Love Galway...


HotelsCombined, the Australian-based hotel meta-search company, has started an extensive survey covering different types of accommodations within Ireland. This survey is based on gathering data from millions of guest reviews, and translating them to an official Recognition of Excellence.

The HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence is not a ranking list but a group of outstanding accommodations chosen based on a strict set of criteria. In order to be considered, properties must meet the following criteria:
• At the time of judging, a winner is rated 8.00/10 or over with a minimum of 50 customer reviews certified by HotelsCombined.
• We couldn’t detect any major customer service problems, nor recurring or unresolved issues.


If you are looking for Easter Sunday Lunch on Galway for all the family. Join us in the Connacht Hotel, where family dining is our specialty.  Enjoy a menu bursting with local flavours, using local produce and suppliers in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring the whole family together, with options for group dining or larger parties available.

PRICE: €27.00 per person. Children Menus available.
BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES: Contact us today to make a booking on 091 381200 or


We're delighted to celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year. 1969 - 2019.

As part of our continued celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Connacht Hotel, we commissioned a video to celebrate a number of our longest serving staff members. One of the fundamental elements that this hotel is built on is that it’s “The People that make the Place!”. The friendly atmosphere which we pride ourselves on here in The Connacht Hotel is down to our team and how they engage with each other and our customers.

#Connacht50 #Connacht50Years 


The Connacht Hospitably group recently made a presentation of cheques to three very deserving charities in Galway. Throughout 2018 the group Sports and Social Club in the group ran a number of events to raise much needed funds for these causes. This year’s charities were Down Syndrome Ireland, Hand in Hand and Galway Hospice. 


Our Weekly Blog

February 08, 2019

Keep up to date with events and sports with our weekly blog from the Connacht Hotel. 


It’s getting to that time of year again, Valentines Day is only around the corner and we are feeling the love here in The Connacht Hotel. We have a romantic menu which will bring out the love this February 14th.  To begin we have a sharing platter with homemade smoked duck fillet, wild mushroom crostini, tarragon crème fraiche, smoked salmon roulade, tempura scampi and lots more.  For the main course we have a choice of Grilled 8oz Steak, Baked Fillet of Sea Bass, Baked Cornfed Chicken, and St Tolas Goats Cheese, Spinach and grilled tomato parcel. For dessert, we have delicious treats you’ll love as much as your date! This fantastic offer is for just €30pp so drop us a line on 091 381200 and book today!



Our Weekly Blog

February 01, 2019

Keep up to date with events and sports with our weekly blog from the Connacht Hotel. 

Reuseable Cups Connacht Hotel GalwayReusable Cups

We are a very environmentally conscious here in the Connacht Hotel, we have a Green Team consisting of staff members from every department in the Hotel aiming to make the company as green as possible. One of the very popular initiatives is our Reusable Cups. They are available to purchase in Bar Solo for the price of €5 with your first tea or coffee purchase completely free. Additionally, any time you use our or indeed any Reusable cup you get 50cent off your tea or coffee. It’s just one small step but every little helps. Pick up your cup the next time you visit The Connacht Hotel.


Our Weekly Blog

January 24, 2019

Keep up to date with events and sports with our weekly blog from the Connacht Hotel. 



As the new year new us buzz continues we at the Connacht Hotel are delighted to be able to share our new lunch menu with our customers. The menu which is available in Bar Solo daily is packed with a host of new delicious additions. There’s a mouth-watering French Onion Soup which is already proving very popular. The sandwich menu sees new items such as An Asian Beef Wrap and Teriyaki Salmon Wrap.

We have a number of delicious new salads like the Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad and the Spicy Beef Salad which can both be served as a main or starter. The main course menu has also had a shake-up with Confit of Duck with braised red cabbage, apple, cream potato, honey and thyme gravy one of my personal favourites. All of this and lots more with the usual great service and free parking here in The Connacht Hotel. 



Happy New Year

January 01, 2019


We are all trying to be good for the new year so nowhere better to kick off than Active 24 Fitness and Leisure. Members can enjoy full use of the gym 24 hours a day seven days a week. At Active 24 Fitness and Leisure, we endeavor to provide a wide range of classes for all our members. Our friendly and highly experienced team of instructors are committed to ensuring you set realistic and focussed goals that will help you stay motivated, and allow you to access the potential within. With classes such as pilates, spin, aqua-fit, 15-15-15 and boxercise to name but a few there’s something for everyone. After your workout, you can also enjoy our 20m pool, sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi.

We have lots of great offers like two months free on annual upfront payments or one month free on six month memberships. We are also offering €50 off all peak memberships. Call in or drop us a line for more information on 091 381 250.


The Connacht Hotel, one of Galway’s longest established hotels, is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. Originally opened as the Galway Ryan Hotel in 1969 with almost 100 rooms, it was seen as a catalyst to the tourism industry in the city.

Mr Dermot Ryan, the Chairman of Ryan Tourist Holdings in 1969, is quoted as saying: “Our aim is to offer good food and first-class rooms with private bathroom suites at down to earth prices aiming at high occupancy spread over the whole year,” with the average price to stay in the hotel at that time just over a pound in old money.


There is nothing better than the gift of time - and family time together is so important when day-to-day life and routine activities become so overwhelming. 

Make time well spent and plan some getaway breaks and adventures for 2019, to make the most of that special time together.  A Christmas Gift Voucher for the Connacht Hotelcan be used towards any hotel break, family getaway or dining in the hotel. 


We are so excited about our new Christmas Video for the Connacht Hotel. A very special guest has arrived to add a touch of magic to Christmas here at the Connacht Hotel.


Macnas the award-winning internationally acclaimed spectacle theatre company from Galway, led by Artistic Director Noeline Kavanagh have teamed up with The Connacht Hospitality Group in support of The Macnas Young Ensemble.

Macnas are known across the globe for their large-scale interactive, immersive spectacle events for audiences, communities and festivals, with their shows involving up to 300 participants with audiences of 50,000 people in attendance.

We are delighted to sponsor Macnas here in Galway and this year we got the opportunity to be part of the Halloween Parade, 'Out of the Wild Sky', on Sunday 28th October through the streets of Galway City.


It’s not just the win that makes for a great Galway Races. Kieran O’Malley of the Connacht Hotel has advice on making the most of your time with the Tribes.

1. Guys, wear sunglasses, we’re not sure about the weather but with the hat designs you’ll come across, chatting to the wrong lady could cost you an eyeball.

2. Ladies, bring flats. Like the famous course, the end of the final furlong can be an uphill battle. Bring some comfy shoes to ensure you make it past the finishing post.

3. Bring a brolly. It’s Galway – at some stage the fake tan will be running faster than the horses!


Published by MICHEÁL Ó MAOILEOIN in the Galway Daily  on 27th July 2018

As the Galway International Arts Festival winds down, we begin preparing for one of the biggest weeks of the year with the Galway Races.

And among the festivities this year is a very special event “Bubbles & Brunch at the Galway Races” in aid of local charity ACT for Meningitis, hosted by the Connacht Hotel.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 1 August, supported by a number of Galway businesses including Catwalk Model Agency, local milliners Suzie Mahony Design, Emily Jean Design and Standún, with special guest appearances.


We are delighted to be a Platinum Friend of the Festival once again for the upcoming Galway International Arts Festival.

If you are planning a trip to Galway for the Galway International Arts Festival, from 16th - 29th July 2018, there are numerous events suitable for young and old.


We’ve teamed up with MyKidsTime and asked them for their reccomendations for Things to Do in Galway for Familiesand they have come up with, not just a Top 10 but '11 Unusual Activities for Families to Enjoy in Galway'. 


Summer Holidays fly by, so let’s create some memories of days out and adventures with the family to last a lifetime. Family life is busy and demanding but just oh so rewarding when you get a chance to take a break and enjoy some quality family time together.
Reconnect and recharge those batteries with a summer break in Galway. We’ve got some great summer family packages with a wide choice of family rooms and self-catering apartments in Galway, along with onsite family dining, swimming pool and a well organised Kids-club – we’ve got your summer breaks covered!

We’ve asked our team here at the Connacht Hotel for their Top 10 Choices for Family Activities in Galway, to help you plan the Best Family Hotel Break in Ireland this summer:


Week 14 2018

April 10, 2018

We hope that you are enjoying your Easter Holidays if are lucky enough to be off. It’s a busy time here in the Connacht Hotel with lots of families enjoying the faciltiies here in the hotel. We had two very special guests here this week, Connacht Rugby kindly brought in the Six Nations trophy and the Triple Crown.


Week 6 2018

February 15, 2018

Week 5 2018

February 09, 2018

Week 4 2018

January 25, 2018

Week 7, 2018

January 23, 2018

When it comes to booking hotel rooms, experienced travellers know that the best way to save money is by booking direct. Here at the Connacht Hotel, booking direct is always the way to go. Our January offer, gives you the option to book now for January and pay later with your saving of 15% on the best available rate. 


Week 3 2018

January 16, 2018

Week 2 2018

January 09, 2018

Week 1 2018

January 03, 2018

Week 45 2017

November 21, 2017

Week 44 2017

November 21, 2017

Christmas Special

November 14, 2017

Lets be realistic we all know that Galway is one of the nest cities in the world to spend time in, but at Christmas it’s particularly special. Here at the Connacht Hospitality group we have come up with a list of our favourite things about Galway during the festive season.


Week 41 2017

November 01, 2017

Week 40 2017

October 24, 2017

Week 39 2017

October 17, 2017

Week 38 2017

October 03, 2017

Week 37 2017

September 26, 2017

Week 36 2017

September 12, 2017

Week 35 2017

September 05, 2017

Week 34 2017

August 29, 2017

As the summer becomes a fond memory and the evenings shorten now is the perfect time to get back into good routines.


Week 31 2017

August 01, 2017

It’s finally here, the week we have all been waiting for, if you are going racing the best of luck, we hope you have a few wins.


Week 30 2017

July 25, 2017

Hey everyone! Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather. This is such an amazing Arts festival this year, the crowds are incredible again this time around.


Week 29 2017

July 18, 2017

Hey everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, this is such an amazing time of the year in Galway. We are in peak festival season and the sun is shining, every now and again.


Week 27 2017

July 04, 2017

Happy July everybody, it's hard to believe how fast this year is going, no bigger sign of that than the fact that we are only four weeks away from the highlight of the Galway summer, the Galway Races. Speaking of which;


Week 26 2017

June 27, 2017

We are right in the middle of summer season now and its all go here in the Connacht Hotel.


Week 25 2017

June 20, 2017

Here at The Connacht Hotel we are looking forward to the summer of 2017 with events happening all around Ireland.


Week 23 2017

June 05, 2017

Here at The Connacht Hotel we are looking forward to the summer of 2017 as we launch our brand new Summer BBQ Menu. Head Chef Eddy Guragano and his team have created a mouth watering menu to delighted fans of outdoor dining.


Week 22 2017

May 29, 2017

As we start into June and look forward to the summer ahead here is a quick look at whats happening this week in the Hotel and Galway


Week 21 2017

May 24, 2017

As we race through May and look forward to the summer ahead here is a quick look at whats happening this week in the Hotel and Galway


Week 19 2017

May 09, 2017

Hope you are all enjoying the amazing weather of the past few days, there is really nowhere nicer than Galway in the sun.


Week 18 2017

May 02, 2017

Well its back to normal after another lovely long weekend, at least we have lots of sun today to help get us through Tuesday. So much happening in Galway at the moment.


Week 17 2017

April 25, 2017

Food, football and philanthropy. There is something for everyone to participate in this week in Galway!


Week 16 2017

April 18, 2017

Hey hope your are all enjoying the Easter holidays, it’s been a very busy one here in the Connacht Hotel.


Week 15 2017

April 11, 2017

Place to go, people to meet...its all happening in Galway this week.


Week 14 2017

April 04, 2017

As we move into the second quarter of the year things are heating up, hopefully its not our "summer" this weekend...


Week 13- 2017

March 27, 2017

I can’t believe its almost the last week of March already, hopefully the weather is a bit better in April.


Week 12- 2017

March 22, 2017

Welcome back from The Connacht. Read more to see how you can win tickets, taste the best gin in Ireland, and witness a rivalry match-up!


Week 11- 2017

March 15, 2017

Happy Saint Patrick’s week everybody, we always love the feast of the partron Saint but especially when it falls on a Friday.


Week 10 - 2017

March 06, 2017

What a wild weekend that was, we nearly got washed away at the Connacht v Zebre game Friday night, hopfully the weather picks up for St Patrick’s weekend. Its been the usual busy week here in the Connacht Hotel.


Week 9 - 2017

February 28, 2017

2 months down, its March already. Here at the hotel we definately have a spring in our step.


Week 8 - 2017

February 23, 2017

I can’t believe February is almost over already. Its been a fantastic start to the year in the hotel with so many meetings and events taking place here. This week is no different with so much happening;


Week 7 - 2017

February 16, 2017

Passed the half way mark of February, with Midterm just around the corner there is so much going on at the hotel...


Week 6 - 2017

February 06, 2017

Week two of February and love is certainly in the air. With lots of sport headed our way there is so much going on at the hotel...


Week 5 - 2017

February 03, 2017

Hey guys, we’ve finally made it to February the month of love, be it Valentine's Day, the Six Nations or the Champions League.


Week 4 - 2017

January 25, 2017

January is absoluletly flying by, how are your resolutions working out? Everybody seems to be countng down to pay day, except the lucky person that won the EuroMillions of course.


Week 3 - 2017

January 18, 2017

Welcome to the Connacht Hotel blog, we have survived Blue Monday and are looking forward to anther busy week here in the hotel


Week 2 - 2017

January 16, 2017

Week 2 of The January Blues - we've got something to cheer you up...


Week 1 - 2017

January 05, 2017

Happy new year guys, hope everybody had a great Christmas.


Week 50

December 15, 2016

With Christmas day fast approaching, preparations and parties are afoot. We are also coming together with An Púcán to do one of the biggest giveaways yet.


Week 49

December 08, 2016

The festive season is in full swing this week at the hotel but our spirits were dampened by the news from Connacht Rugby this week...


Week 48

November 30, 2016

Sleighbells ring - are ya listenin' - in the air, snow is glistenin'....


Week 47

November 22, 2016

As usual we have lots of meetings and events in the hotel this week. One that might be of particular interest to jobseekers is Goodman Medical.


Week 45

November 08, 2016

We are delighted this week to be hosting a fantastic information for Psoriasis sufferers in one of our many meeting rooms this week.


Week 44

November 01, 2016

Hey guys, hope you all had a lovely long weekend. Here at The Connacht Hotel we take pride on being one of Galways best family friendly hotels.


Week 43

October 24, 2016

As October draws to a close, we look forward to the Halloween festivities that the season brings.


Week 42

October 18, 2016

As we enter the third week of October it’s another busy one here in the Connacht Hotel.


Week 41

October 10, 2016

As we enter the second week of October it’s another busy one here in the Connacht Hotel.


Week 40

October 03, 2016

Welcome to October and our first of a new weekly blog. This month promises to be very busy in the hotel as usual with lots going on. Each week in this blog we will be looking at events of interest both in the hotel and in Galway city.