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GAL­WAY COM­EDY FES­TI­VAL Var­i­ous venues, Gal­way, Mar 20-24 www.gal­way com­e­dyfes­ti­val.com www.tick­et­mas­ter.ie

Now in its third year, the Gal­way Com­edy Fes­ti­val has es­tab­lished it­self as the ideal bou­tique-sized fes­ti­val, with acts and au­di­ences alike com­ment­ing on how wellor­gan­ised and what down­right good fun the four-day event is.

There are very im­pres­sive head­lin­ers this year in the shape of the de­light­fully snarly US comic Rich Hall and the al­ways hugely en­joy­able English comic Sean Lock. Other es­tab­lished acts in­clude Ed Byrne, Bren­don Burns, Phil Jupi­tus, Andrew Maxwell, Sean Hughes and Si­mon Mun­nery. A host of venues around the city throw open their doors for fes­ti­val shows and there will be ap­pear­ances also by Eleanor Tier­nan, Colin Mur­phy, the im­prov play­ers from Whose Line Is It Any­way and Mr Gal­way com­edy him­self, Gerry Mal­lon (above). Tick­ets are sell­ing out fast so it’s prob­a­bly best to get book­ing.

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