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Mar 29, 2020

Galway city shops, cafes and takeaways that are open, at 28-March-2020

Many shops, cafes and restaurants in Galway City are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But some are still open, usually with more limited conditions or hours than usual. 

Below is a list of city-centre businesses that were open on Saturday 28-March-2020.    It's based on what I saw during a daily walk within a 2km radius of my home.
  • Almost every place that is open has a limit on how many people can be inside at once.  For some, it's only one customer, others wait outside.
  • Some shops say card-payments preferred.   Others are only accepting tapped card (or other device) payments.
  • Most are opening for limited hours only.

Places that were open on Saturday 28 March 2020


Dunnes Stores in the Eyre Square Centre now have reduced trading hours, they are open from 9am - 6pm Mon-Sat, and 12-noon - 6pm on Sunday.

Joyces on Fr Griffin Rd

Tesco in Galway Shopping Centre - now open 7am to 10pm

Last week, M&S supermarket was open in Corrib Court - it wasn't checked this week, but they haven't announced a closure.

(Suburban supermarkets are probably  all open, too, but weren't visited).

Butchers / Greengrocers / Markets

Colleran and Sons in Mainguard St

Ernie's in Sea Rd - was open last week, wasn't checked today.

Herterich's Pork Butcher in Lombard St - was open last week, wasn't checked today.

Roger Finnerty & Sons in the Eyre Square Centre

Tormey's Butchers in Galway Shopping Centre

Sheridan's Cheesemongers in Lombard St  - was open last week, wasn't checked today.

The Filling Station eco store - have significantly changed procedures re scoops, were open on Saturday for collections only

Asiatic Asian food store in Upper Abbeygate St

Mastersons Fruit and Vegetables in Galway Shopping Centre

Pharmacies / Chemists

Boots in Shop St and  in Galway Shopping Centre

Flanagans in Shop St

Whelans in Williamsgate St (place order or speak to staff at the door - you cannot go into the shop itself)

Matt O'Flaherty   (place order or speak to staff at the door - you cannot go into the shop itself) in Rosemary Ave and  in Galway Shopping Centre

Lloyds in Forster Street

Lohan's in Prospect Hill

Varley's Pharmacy in the Eyre Square Centre

Walsh's Pharmacy in Corrib Court

Health foods / related products

Evergreen Health Store in the Eyre Square Centre, High St / Mainguard St and  in Galway Shopping Centre

Holland and Barret in Shop St

Dr Claire Apothecary in Sea Rd - was open last week, wasn't checked today.

Little Collins CBD dispensary - Upper Abbeygate St

Convenience stores / Newsagents

Spar in Mainguard St

Centra Foster St

Headlines in Corrib Court  - was open last week, wasn't checked today.

Henchy's Daybreak in Eyre Square

Hynes Mace in Forster St - wasn't open when checked, sign on the door said they now close at 1pm on Saturdays.

XL An Fhaiche Mhór in the Eyre Square Centre

Number 10 in Quay Street

No 26 in Dominick St  - was open last week, wasn't checked today.

Farragher's NearBuy in Sea Rd  - was open last week, wasn't checked today.

McGuire's Daybreak in Raven's Tce

Gala in Prospect Hill

EuroGiant in Eglinton St and Mainguard St

Superkeytones - ethnic food shop in Prospect Hill  - was open last week, wasn't checked today.


Thomas Woodberrys - open for collection and local deliveries only call on 091 533706 to place an order

Fine Wines off licence group - in Fairhill Rd

The Wine Buff - Eglinton St - have reduced opening hours and are offering local deliveries

O'Brien's Wines  in Galway Shopping Centre

Cafes / Bakerys

Bubble Bee -  aren't open to the public, but are selling through JustEat

Goyas in Kirwan's Lane:  the bakery was open last week - wasn't checked today

Le Petit Delice in Mainguard St - order at the door, takeaway only, open 8:30am - 2:30pm Monday to Saturday.

McCambridges deli in Shop St have a one-way system going through the shop, open 8am - 4pm Monday to Saturday.

O'Connors Bakery and Coffee Shop in St Francis St- takeaway only


Botown burgers in Dominick St: Takeaway only 3-10pm. You must order by phoning 091 534834, and collect at the allocated time. Payment by card only.

Xi'an Street Food in Quay St

Neo in Dock Rd - takeaway only

Venice in Abbeygate St - open for dinner 5-9pm, takeaway only


Charcoal Grill in Mary St - open for takeaways only

Charcoal Grill in Prospect Hill

Woozza Pizzaria takeaway on Sea Rd  - was open last week, wasn't checked today.

Apache Pizza in Dominick St

Dominos in Prospect Hill - pre-ordered takeaways only, no walk-up customers

Shake Dog in Prospect Hill

Vocho in Forster St

Chilli Shack in Upper Abbeygate St are open from 3pm-9pm, Thursday to Saturday.

Transport / financial services

Budget Rental Cars in Eyre Square - sign on the doors says open 10am - 3pm, Mon-Sun - but they were closed before 3pm today

Post Offices and banks are opening regular hours

St Anthony's and Claddagh Credit Union:  Mainguard St is closed until 14 April but their Westside branch is open early for healthcare workers and 10am - 2pm for everyone else.

Clothing / shoes / repairs

M&S in Corrib Court - wasn't checked this week, was open last week: the supermarket is integrated with the clothing store

Homeware / hardware / gifts

Anthony Ryans home store in Market Street is now closed - but they are selling online

Dealz in Eyre St and in Galway Shopping Centre

Bookshops / stationary

None were seen open today.

Electronics / internet cafes


Electronic Partners in Eglinton St

Laptek in Eyre St  - was open last week, wasn't checked today.

WeFix gadget repair in Upper Abbeygate St

(These are not on the updated list of essential retailers that was released on Saturday afternoon - the are not supposed to be open any more).

Hobbies / Games

All closed

Personal services / health / hair / beauty

All closed

About this list

This is not published to encourage people to go out - especially not people who have been advised to stay home.   But there are many people in Galway who are working in essential industries - some working extended hours due to the pandemic.  They still need to shop and eat and top up their Leap cards .   This list is to provide them with information about what is available.

Stay safe, and be polite

Always maintain social distancing, as per HSE guidelines.   Do not leave your home if you are told not to.

Also, please respect the staff who are working in shops and food-service outlets, and public transport services.   Follow guidelines to keep them, and you, as safe as possible.