Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

The Connacht Hotel


Paul Heaton is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with over 15 million album sales under his belt.

He first came to public attention in the early '80s as the front man of Hull-based indie poppers The Housemartins, who are best known for their third single Happy Hour and their No.1 acapella Isley Bros cover Caravan Of Love.

In ’88 Heaton formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums – from 1989's Welcome to the Beautiful South to 2006's Superbi.

Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist for some time in The Beautiful South and she sang many of their signature hits including Rotterdam and Dream A Little Dream.

Heaton released his first solo album, Fat Chance, in 2001, and went on to release two further solo albums: 2008's The Cross-Eyed Rambler and 2010's Acid Country.

In 2011 Heaton wrote a musical called The 8th based on the Seven Deadly Sins and asked Jacqui to sing one of the parts. They have since released three acclaimed albums as a duo: 2014's What Have We Become, 2015's Wisdom, Laughter and Lines and 2017's Crooked Calypso.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott released their fourth studio album, Manchester Calling, in early 2020. It boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s beautifully bittersweet songwriting. To coincide with the album release Paul, Jacqui and the band will be embarking on a tour of the UK & Ireland.


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Relax and make yourself at home in our comfortable, bright and spacious rooms.

Each room is designed with our guests in mind, with Respa™ beds as standard, crisp white linen and fluffy duvets in every room.

Each well-appointed room includes:

  • Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
  • Tea-coffee making facility
  • Telephone
  • Complimentary high Wi-Fi throughout

All designed to make for a relaxed hotel stay in Galway city.

Galway City Hotel

Be part of the action, with our central location - just minutes from Galway City Centre. Located on the Old Dublin Rd, with a frequent bus service available to the city centre and onsite Taxi Rank.

View our location on our map to get quick directions. We've also included points of Interest around the city to keep you entertained during your stay.

Dublin Road
H91 K5DD

Tel: +353 91 381200

Latitude: 53.279738650567474
Longitude: -9.022178649902344

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