Mar 21, 2020

Shops, cafes etc that were open in Galway City on Saturday 21 March 2020

All pubs and clubs, and 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, as at 21-March-2020.    It's based on what I saw during a walk in my neighbourhood today - and of course things may change tomorrow.
  • 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 at 21 March 2020


Dunnes Stores are maintaining normal trading hours in the Eyre Square Centre

M&S supermarket is open in Corrib Court

Silkes cash and Carry: the main door is closed, knock on the side-door

(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

Herterich's Pork Butcher in Lombard St

Roger Finnerty & Sons in the Eyre Square Centre

St Nicholas Market   (a few stalls, mainly the fresh-product ones) in Lombard St

Sheridan's Cheesemongers in Lombard St

The Filling Station eco store - have significantly changed procedures re scoops

Asiatic Asian food store in Upper Abbeygate St

Pharmacies / Chemists

Boots Shop St

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

Lloyds in Forster Street

Lohan's in Prospect Hill

Leo Walsh Pharmacy in the Eyre Square Centre

Walsh's Pharmacy in Corrib Court

Health foods / related products

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

Holland and Barret healthfoods in Shop St

eCig kiosk in the Eyre Square Cetnre and store in Eglinton St

Dr Claire Apothecary in Sea Rd

Little Collins CBD dispensary - Upper Abbeygate St

Mr M Vape - Lower Abbeygate St

Tony Quinn Health Store in the Eyre Square Centre

Healing Earth alternative / holistic health centre in the Eyre Square Centre

Convenience stores / Newsagents

Spar in Mainguard St

Centra Foster St

Headlines in Corrib Court

Henchy's Daybreak in Eyre Square

Hollands in Williamsgate St

Hynes Mace in Forster St

XL An Fhaiche Mhór in the Eyre Square Centre

Newsbox Day Today in Eglinton St

Number 10 in Quay Street

No 26 in Dominick St

Farragher's NearBuy in Sea Rd

McGuire's Daybreak in Raven's Tce

XL Dominick St

BridgeStores YourStop on Bridge St 

Gala in Prospect Hill

EuroGiant in Eglinton St and Mainguard St

Superkeytones - ethnic food shop in Prospect Hill


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

Cafes / Bakerys

Arabica in Dominick St

Auntie Nellies Sweet Shop in High St

Bubble Bee - serving takeaway coffee, no eat-in available

Butler's Chocolate Cafe in Shop St

Caffe Nero in Eyre Square are open, for take-away coffee and food.

Candyland in Upper Abbeygate St

Costa Coffee in Blakes Castle at the bottom of Quay St and in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre are open, eat-in and take-away for coffee and food.  [22-March update:  Blakes Castle is now closed]

Gino's Gelato in Shop St

Goyas in Kirwan's Lane -the coffee-shop is closed, but the bakery is producing for pickup or home delivery - order by phone 091 567010, Email, message them on Instagram or Facebook

Kettle Cafe - have a sign saying they're still open, but were actually closed today

Le Petit Delice in Mainguard St

Little Lane Coffee Company in Upper Abbeygate St - takeaway only, order at the door and pay by card - open roughy 10am-3pm this weekend, and aiming to do the same each day from Wednesday or Thursday next week.

McCambridges deli in Shop St have a one-way system going through the shop

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


Riordan's traditional Irish restaurant in Quay Street are open.  They usually to eat-in meals only, but now have takeaways available as well

High Cafe (Moroccan) in High St - open for 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.

Finnegan's Irish restaurant in Market St

Kappa-ya - open for lunch and call-and-collect takeaways:   call on 091 865930 to order between 11:30am and 4:30pm, collect from 12-noon to

Xi'an Street Food in Quay St

Neo in Dock Rd - takeaway only

The Pie Maker in Cross St - for takeaway only

Tomodoro Sushi Bar in Eglinton St

Venice in Abbeygate St - were open for dinner on Friday evening, not for lunch on Saturday


Charcoal Grill in Mary St - open for takeaways only

Charcoal Grill in Cross St

Charcoal Grill in Prospect Hill

Captial Kebab in Eglinton St - open for takeaways only

Supermacs - all branches

Burger King in the Eyre Square Centre

Chilli Shack in Upper Abbeygate St - were open for takeaways only on Friday, but have now decided to close

Woozza Pizzaria takeaway on Sea Rd

Apache Pizza in Dominick St   (closed Saturday lunchtime, but open Friday evening - sign on the door says they are still open, but requested to order and pay online where possible.  Call on 091 538 888 to order

McDonalds - takeaway orders only [22 March update - all stores will be closed by 7pm on the 23rd]

Dominos in Prospect Hill

Shake Dog in Prospect Hill

Bru Bros in Forster St

Vocho in Forster St

Transport / financial services

Budget Rental Cars in Eyre Square - only the driver / renter can go into the office

Post Offices and banks are opening regular hours

St Anthony's and Claddagh Credit Union in Mainguard St

Clothing / shoes / repairs

All Dunnes stores shops, including their clothing and homeware stores in Eyre Street / Rosemary Ave

Debenhams in Corrib Court

M&S in Corrib Court

Alter Eva in Dominick St  - Clothing alternations

Schuh shoes in Shop St

Timpson in the Eyre Square Centre

Edmond in Lower Abbeygate St - has a sign saying he's closed, but actually opened with just the owner working for a few hours in the middle of the day.

JD shoes / sports

Homeware / hardware / gifts

Anthony Ryans home store in Market Street is open  (all their other stores are closed)

Armour Locksmiths in the Eyre Square Centre

Daisy Bowl Florists

Dealz in Eyre St

My Shop, Granny Likes It

Yes! Flowers in Eglington St

L'Occitane French perfume boutique in Eglinton St

Bookshops / stationary

Easons in Shop St

Dubray Books in Shop St

CopyWrite in Bóthar Irwin (off Eyre St)

Right Price Ink in Dominick St

Electronics / internet cafes

Phone shops:   Three, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse (closing at 6pm each day) , Fonez, Virgin Media, Eir

Electronic Partners in Eglinton St

Fun Tech in the Eyre Square Centre

iPear phone repair shop in Abbeygate St

Laptek in Eyre St

TekShop in Eyre Square Centre

Tech Star on Dock Rd

WeFix gadget repair in Upper Abbeygate St

Hobbies / Games

CEX Exchange in Williamsgate St (opening 10:30am - 5pm, limited staff so may need to close at lunchtime)

Dungeons and Donuts in Upper Abbeygate St

GameStop+ in the Eyre Square Centre

Sub City in the Eyre Square Centre

Powell's Music shop in Shop St (closing at 5pm)

Opus II music shop in High St (you cannot try instruments) [22 March update - now closed until further notice]

Art & Hobby in the Eyre Square Centre

River Deep Mountain High in Middle St

Call of the Wild in Eglinton St

Regatta Great Outdoors in the Eyre Square Centre

Trespass outdoor goods - in Eglinton St

West Ireland Cycling in Fairhill Rd

Galway Camera Shop

Personal services / health / hair / beauty

Tom Nally Barber in High St

Healy Barbers in High St

3Bs Barbers in Cross St

Annettes Ladies and Gents Hair Salon in Middle St

Trichology Hair and Scalp - Eyre St

Helen Walsh Opticians

PureJoy Laser and Skincare - for product and voucher sales

SpecSavers in the Eyre Square Centre (from the look of the store, for products / pickups only, not tests)

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 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 services which are available.

Do you have a city centre business that is still open, which isn't listed above?   Leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page, and it will be added.

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.

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