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I think it is fairly safe to say that gin is the hottest drink right now. 

Gone are the days of just knocking back anything going, these days we want goblet glasses, fruity garnishes and award winning tipples. 

Fair, like. 

 

Now it's time for some quality Irish gins to get delivered. #ComingSoon

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Anyway, if you have a serious penchant for gin (like myself) then you're about to be super excited. 

Ireland's largest gin parlour is set to open in Galway later this month, and it looks majestic. 

Hyde Bar and Gin Parlous is the sister bar of An Pucan, a Galway must-visit in itself, and is set to open on April 27.

 

Step 1 complete. #Hyde

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This gorgeous new bar will be stocked with over 500 different gins, and it is my goal in life to try each and every one of them.

However, there will be more to Hyde Bar than just the gin – with groovy interiors that are an influencer's dream.

There will be a flower wall. I repeat, A FLOWER WALL. 

 

Our flower wall is almost there. Now for the install next week. #ComingSoon #Galway #Flower

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The walls of the bar have also been carefully designed by graffiti artist Kathrina Ruperit, and it really looks amazing. 

Having stalked their Instagram, it would appear as though Hyde Bar is in possession of the famous Unicorn Tears gin.

 

The holy grail has landed @unicorntearsgin thanks to @harveynichols #Gin #Unicorn #Glitter

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We'll take a pint of it, please and thank you. 

We really cannot WAIT to head down to Galway and visit this new venue! 

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Is there anything more satisfying than a well-deserved post-work pint? 

Sometimes a little tipple is just what's needed to unwind after a long day on the grind, and as we're slowly but surely seeing that little stretch in the evening, thoughts of mid-week gatherings and bright beer gardens are begging to creep back into our minds. 

But luckily, we live in a country brimming with cosy little pubs just waiting to welcome us after a long, hard day. 

This week, we're heading west to bring you our pick of the best spots in Galway city. 

1. Bierhaus, Henry St. West, Galway

With a menu focused on showcasing quality local and international beverages, Bierhaus is favourite among craft beer lovers.

But don't worry if beer's not your thing – they also stock a huge selection of speciality ciders and spirits.  

The relaxed vibes, delicious pub grub and live music make it the perfect place to relax after a hard day's work 

 

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2. The Oslo, Upper Salthill, Galway

Home of the Galway Bay brewing company, this gastro bar offers a large selection of beers, wines and spirits, as well as decent food which available to order all day long. 

Soak up the atmosphere in the European style beer hall, or catch the big sporting events on one of Galway's largest screens 

And while we might not have the weather for it right now, on a sunny day The Oslo is the ideal place to enjoy a little al fresco dining. 

 

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3. An Pucan, Forester St., Galway 

A well-known establishment just off Eyer's Square where the craic is pretty much guaranteed.  

Trad sessions, bar food and great Irish craft beers – what's not to love? 

 

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4. Tig Coili, Mainguard St., Galway

Legend has it, the Guinness here is second to none. 

A favourite among locals and tourists alike, Tig Coili is pretty much you quintessential Irish pub. 

Great atmosphere, always busy (but not too packed) and live music to get you in the mood 

5. The Dew Drop Inn, Mainguard St., Galway

Known by many locals as Myles Lee, this cosy little bar is commonly known as Galway's most comfortable pub. 

Comprising of two rooms, one with a small bar and the second a comfortable seating area and open fire The Dew Drop Inn is bursting with charm and character. 

Oh, and it also boasts one of the best heated smoking areas in the city! 

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The status orange weather warning, in place since yesterday morning, has been extended to 3pm today.

Last night, Ireland felt the effect of the first storm of 2018 as winds of up to 140km p/h battered the country, accompanied by sheets of rain.

Many areas are facing flooding this morning, with County Galway being the worst effected.

Many roads have been closed after the waters of the River Cotton rose and caused flooding, as well as roads in Salthill due to high tides.

ESB Networks told The Irish Times that approximately 55,000 customers were without power yesterday evening.

These customers were predominantly in counties Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Cavan and Monaghan.

Motorists are asked to remain vigilant on the roads as strong winds and gusts continue.

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Before this month, you could only rifle through the unique vintage finds curated by Public Romance by visiting the eclectic store on Galway's Abbeygate Street. 

Now, the vintage store has made its way into the 21st century by moving from bricks and mortar to online.

Now vintage lovers across the country can shop the unique stock from the comfort of their own homes. 

 

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Public Romance is bringing it's brand manifesto with it into the online sphere, offering two different shopping experiences.

'Public Romance offers two unique fashion retail experiences: on the ground floor, a selection of contemporary independent clothing and accessories for women are available, all of which are exclusive to Galway,' reads the PR website

'On the upper floor, Public Romance offers men’s and women's trend-orientated vintage clothing, dating from the 1960's to the 1990's – original Adidas pieces, classic streetwear, customised vintage Levi’s, military, festival outfits, and much more. '

 

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Both of these individual shopping experiences will be available to online users. 

Whether you're from Galway but miss being able to shop in your local vintage store, or are from across Ireland looking for somewhere new to swap your cash for one-off clothing, we recommend you check it out. 

And just in time for party season too. 

 

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It's World Vegan Day, and veganism is on the rise.

Once the sole territory of surfing Aussie Insta babes and hemp-wearing free thinkers, veganism has infiltrated the diet and lifestyles of the masses.

Recognised as a heart healthy and sustainable diet, going plant based is gaining popularity in Ireland. 

 

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According to data from Deliveroo, orders for vegan food in Ireland have increased by 137pc in Ireland in the past year. 

While you may assume Dublin would be the vegan hot spot, it's actually a west coast county which takes the crown. 

Galway is hailed as being the vegan capital, leading the pack when it comes to plant-based eating. 

 

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'Deliveroo customers clearly love to order vegan food, with orders more than doubling this year,' said Deliveroo's Joe Groves.

'Galway is leading this trend with more vegan orders made than any other city in Ireland.'

The most popular vegan order on Deliveroo is the majestic Vegan Burger from TGO Falafel Bar in Galway.

This is followed by the Spiced Dish of the Day with Rice from Cornucopia in Dublin, the Vegetable Spring Roll from Malay Kitchen in Cork, and the Super Green Smoothie from Cocu in Dublin.

These are just ahead of another Galway order, the Rock My Beets Wrap, also from TGO Falafel Bar, Galway. 

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Remember when you were 17-years-old and your idol invited you onto their show in order to surprise you with a cheque for $10,000?

Yeah, us neither, but that's because we're not Eimear O’Tuathail from Co. Galway.

The Irish teenager found herself on Ellen's famous set this week after a song she composed in her honour caught the star's attention.

Hugely likeable, Eimear instantly endeared herself to the audience by revealing her desire to see a real-life palm tree, get her hands on Starbuck's Pink Drink and stock up on lipbalm.

However, in true DeGeneres style, Ellen did one better and presented her adorable guest with an enormous cheque to cover her university fees.

So if you'll excuse us, we have some composing to do.

Oh, and one more thing while we have you! Don't forget that you can catch up on all your favourite shows for free for a month right here, so sign up now!

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If you're recently engaged and up to your waist in wedding preparation, you'll know that the process can be a stressful one.

While it's undoubtedly an exciting (and romantic) time, it's also pretty overwhelming, right?

From being given too many details to being provided with too few, searching for the perfect spot to celebrate your wedding is far from easy.

With this in mind, The 5 star g Hotel & Spa in Galway want to make the process as stress-free as possible, and are inviting engaged couples to view the beautifully unique hotel as a potential wedding venue.

Understanding the need for advance planning and conscious of couples living outside of Galway, the g Hotel has set a number of dates for their wedding showcases between now and January 2018. 

If you're keen to choose a venue, set a date, and get the show on the road, now is the time to do it!

Take your pick of the following…

●        Saturday 21st October 2017

●        Saturday 18th November 2017

●        Saturday 30th December 2017

●        Saturday 27th January 2018

Offering stunning style and superb service, the luxurious g Hotel has 101 spacious rooms and suites for wedding couples and their guests. 

Oh, and as the hotel captures the essence of vibrant Galway and is located near the picturesque Claddagh, this enchanted space is the perfect place to say ‘I do’.

Ladies, sounds like it's time to take a look….

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A 21-year-old male driver has lost his life in a collision last night. 

Gardaí are investigating the crash, which occurred on the Tuam/Dunmore Road in Galway.

A 21-year-old male passenger also received minor injuries.

The second vehicle was carrying a 74-year-old driver, along with a 70-year old passenger and a two-year-old child. 

They received minor injuries in the crash. 

The road remains closed this morning to facilitate an examination of the scene by Gardaí.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses of the incident to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093-70840. 

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Gardai in Galway have asked the public for their assistance following the hospitalisation of a young man in the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to reports, authorities are seeking witnesses after a man was discovered unconscious and injured at St. Bridget’s Place on Prospect Place at approximately 3am.

The man, who is believed to be in his 20s, was transferred to University Hospital Galway where he remains with serious injuries.

It is understood that the scene is being preserved for technical examination.

Gardai have appealed to anyone who may have been in the vicinity to come forward while taxi drivers with dash cameras are also asked to contact Gardaí.

If you have any information pertaining to the incident, you can contact Gardaiy on 091-538000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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According to emerging reports. Allied Irish Bank are in the process of contacting approximately 500 customers in Galway following the disappearance, and subsequent recovery, of customer-related documentation.

It is understood that the bag containing the documents was handed into a branch of AIB in Galway this week when the significance of its contents was established.

In a statement which was released to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, AIB confirmed that the documents had been recovered, and that those affected have been contacted by the bank.

"The mislaid documentation was located on the evening of the 12th September when a business owner in Galway contacted AIB to inform us the documentation was handed in to his premises on the day it was mislaid. All information has been retrieved.

"The Data Protection Commissioner has been informed. Customer contact commenced yesterday and is well advanced."

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According to emerging reports, a second site in Galway, which was run by the Bon Secours nuns, is to be scanned for infant remains.

Building which is due to take place on the grounds of Grove Hospital will be postponed in order to facilitate an excavation.

The scan has been ordered following concerns that the site may hide the remains of babies who died at birth.

The excavation will be conducted in a similar way to the one which was carried out at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home earlier this year.

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One Galway nightclub has been praised for its new cloakroom policy that allows you to trade your killer heels for some ballet flats when all that dancing takes its toll.

DNA (formerly known as Karma), unveiled the new service on the clubs official Facebook page yesterday, and it proved to be a popular move.

The post reads: “Ladies, when your heels become too much, check them into the cloakroom quoting your shoe size and we will swap them out for a pair of new flats while we mind your heels for the night. Dancing…it's in our dna!”

One user commented, “I need this in my life”, and honestly, we couldn't agree more.

The ballet flats are available to purchase from the cloakroom for just €5.00, and they'll even mind your heels until you're ready to go home.

Bye-bye blisters and hello painless walks to the taxi rank. 

We just hope more clubs will follow suit.

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