Friday September 4

 Festival opening, An Pucan Bar, Forster Street, Galway

Join us for our special opening event in An Pucan Bar.

Festival will be opened by Michael Seeney of the Oscar Wilde Society London. 

Irish launch of Michael's book From Bow Street to the Ritz: Oscar' Wilde's Theatrical Career from 1895 to 1908. 

Deals on food and drink will be supplied by An Pucan to all festival goers for the duration of the weekend. Details on this will be provided at the opening. 

Friday September 4 at 5.30pm. FREE EVENT


Wilde's Walking Tour of Galway City

Friday, September 4 at 7.30pm

Saturday, September 5 at 2.30pm

Sunday September 6 at 11am

Come and see the Galway city that Oscar Wilde once walked through as a child and teenager and experience the city that influenced the young Wilde. 

"Close to the Atlantic and teaming with sports of all kinds. It is in every way magnificent and makes me years younger than actual history records." Wilde writing on the west of Ireland, August 1876.

There is no doubt that Oscar Wilde enjoyed his trips to the west of Ireland as a young man and he equally reveled in telling his friends about it and invited them to stay. This walking tour, given by Master Tour Guide Brendan J Hynes will take you on the same journey Wilde would have taken on the streets of Galway city, his first stop off before going to the countryside. 

All walks begin on the steps of the Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square. All walks finish at Tigh Neachtains, Quay Street.

Tickets: Adults: 10 euro, €8 students and seniors. Family Ticket: €20 (2 adults and 2 children). 

Duration: 60-80 minutes approx.  

Group rates available. Please contact for details on group bookings. 


Saturday September 5

Wilde at the Abbey: how was Wilde's plays produced and received in Ireland with Dr Ian Walsh, Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance School of Humanities, NUI Galway

In the twentieth century In Ireland productions of the plays of Oscar Wilde have been largely seen to be the preserve of the Gate Theatre, Dublin. But what about the productions of Wilde at the Abbey Theatre? How have Wilde’s plays been produced and received when staged at Ireland's national  theatre. Drawing on the new archival research from the Abbey Digital Archive at NUI Galway this talk will consider these questions by examining key productions in relation to their historical and cultural contexts in order to re-examine Wilde’s position within Irish theatre history.

Saturday September 5 at 12 noon, John B Keane suite, Harbour Hotel, Galway

Tickets 5euro:



The Face of Oscar Wilde: perfumes, cartoons and tea towels- 

Oscar Wilde in words and pictures with Michael Seeney, deputy chair of the Oscar Wilde Society, London


Oscar Wilde is today one of the most readily recognisable authors: his image can be found on everything from record sleeves to tea-towels, from mugs to t-shirts. Even in his own time his image was everywhere. 

But most of the images we see today are from two sets of photographs taken in 1882 and 1892. How do those carefully stage-managed images correspond to the descriptions left by contemporaries? How did artists and cartoonists of the time see him? And how has he been portrayed in the century or so since his death? 

This fascinating talk will look at a wide range of images and descriptions to see how our image of the author has developed and how Wilde’s attempts to control his own image have, ultimately, been successful.


Saturday September 5 at 5pm, John B Keane suite, Harbour Hotel, Galway. FREE EVENT.

An Ideal Husband - Oscar Wilde - film

The play is one of Wilde's finest moments as a writer. Treat yourself to a night of laughs in one of Wilde's wittiest plays. Starring: Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore.


Sir Robert Chiltern (Jeremy Northam) is a respected government official and a loving husband. His friend, Lord Arthur Goring (Rupert Everett), is a notorious womanizer who lives a life of casual lounging, meaningless flirtations and multiple illicit affairs. But when old acquaintance Laura Cheveley (Julianne Moore) arrives in London to stir up trouble, the lives of the two men become increasingly complicated and intertwined, and their true natures are revealed.


Saturday September 5 at 8pm. John B Keane suite, Harbour Hotel, Galway city. 

Tickets: 8 euro.

Sunday September 6

The Edward Carson connection

Visit the birthplace of Edward Carson, Castle Ellen House, Athenry, county Galway with Micheal Keaney and the team at Castle Ellen House.


Castle Ellen House in Athenry is the birthplace of Sir Edward Carson, the man whose cross examination of Wilde was termed a work of genius. His initial cross examination was the starting point of Wilde's downfall. It spawned the fast downward spiral of Wilde's life. It led to one of the greatest trials and ultimately Wilde's disgrace and imprisonment.


Ticket includes bus to and from Castle Ellen, tour of house and gardens, and talk. 


Bus departs from Galway Cathedral carpark, in Galway city to go to Castle Ellen House, Athenry at 10am sharp on Sunday September 6

Bus will leave Castle Ellen House at 1pm approximately and return back to Galway Cathedral in the city centre. 

All tickets must be booked in advance. Limited availability. Bus trip is dependent on sufficient numbers. 


Tickets: 15 euro   

Festival party

6.30pm An Pucan Bar, Forster Street, Galway


Join fellow festival Wildean lovers for an after festival party.  FREE EVENT