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The Kings Head in Galway: A Historic Haven of Arts and Entertainment

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The Kings Head in Galway

The Kings Head in Galway: A Historic Haven of Arts and Entertainment

Nestled in the heart of Galway, The Kings Head is not just a pub, but a cultural institution that has been enriching the local arts and entertainment scene since 1989. 

Owned and operated by the Grealish family, this establishment has become a cherished hub for music, comedy and theater enthusiasts. 

But it’s not just about the performances; the Grealish family’s unwavering commitment to preserving the historical significance of the building makes The Kings Head a truly unique and captivating experience.

A MESSAGE FROM THE GREALISH FAMILY

“We both feel privileged to be custodians of this amazing pub! For us, it is and always has been a labour of love; something we are both passionate about. We are also thrilled that our three grown-up kids have all worked there since an early age and continue to make a valuable contribution to the family business. The survival and success of the business up until now has been down to a number of key factors – a commitment to the rich heritage of the building, a commitment to great food, drink and entertainment, our fantastic staff and our location in the wonderful city of Galway.”

The Kings Head in Galway

A Legacy of Arts and Entertainment

For over three decades, The Kings Head has been synonymous with live music and artistic expression in Galway. 

With free live music gracing the main stage seven nights a week, locals and visitors alike are treated to an eclectic mix of musical genres and talents. 

Whether it’s traditional Irish folk music, contemporary rock bands, or soulful jazz performances, there’s something for every music enthusiast at The Kings Head.

In addition to the lively music scene, the pub regularly hosts stand-up comedy nights that leave the audience in stitches. 

The Kings Head in Galway

Laughter and mirth reverberate through the cozy interiors, creating an atmosphere that’s warm, welcoming, and unforgettable.

However, the entertainment offerings don’t stop there. 

The top floor of The Kings Head boasts a pocket-sized venue where lunchtime theater performances take center stage. Patrons can enjoy a delicious meal while being entertained by local actors and playwrights, adding a touch of artistic flair to their dining experience.

Preserving Galway’s Heritage

Beyond its contributions to the arts, The Kings Head is also dedicated to preserving and enhancing Galway’s medieval heritage.

The Grealish family recognized the historical significance of the building and took it upon themselves to honor its rich past.

Through extensive research and consultation with local experts, such as Jim Higgins, Galway City‘s Heritage Officer, Jackie Uí Chionna, Historian at NUIG, and Paul Gosling, Archaeologist, the Grealish family embarked on a journey to uncover and restore the building’s medieval fabric. 

As a result, visitors can witness the stunning medieval walls and marvel at the lovingly restored medieval windows.

By immersing patrons in an environment that celebrates the city’s heritage, The Kings Head provides a one-of-a-kind experience that beautifully blends the past with the present.

Community and Beyond

The Kings Head is not just a place for visitors; it’s an integral part of the Galway community. 

Beyond its entertainment offerings, the pub regularly supports local artists, musicians, and comedians, providing them with a platform to showcase their talents to a wider audience.

Furthermore, The Kings Head collaborates with various community organizations and charities to organize events that promote local causes and give back to the community that has embraced it for so long.


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Last updated May 29, 2023


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