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Apr 4, 2020

Galway city shops, cafes and restaurants that are open - 4 April 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 4 April 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 4 April 2020


Dunnes Stores in the Eyre Square Centre now 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

M&S in Corrib Court - the supermareket section, only, is open
(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 - 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  - open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm.   Order on-line on their website and collect in-store.

The Filling Station eco store -are taking orders by email during the week, and are open on Saturday for collections only

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 - are now open on Sundays too.

Lohan's in Prospect Hill

Varley's Pharmacy in the Eyre Square Centre

Walsh's Pharmacy in Corrib Court

Lavelles on Dock Rd - are open Monday - Friday only

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 -

Little Collins CBD dispensary - Upper Abbeygate St

Convenience stores / Newsagents

Spar in Mainguard St

Mahon and Davis Centra in Foster St

Headlines in Corrib Court

Henchy's Daybreak in Eyre Square

Hynes Mace in Forster St - was open in the middle of Saturday afternoon

XL An Fhaiche Mhór in the Eyre Square Centre

Number 10 in Quay Street

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

Superkeytones - ethnic food shop in Prospect Hill

Armazém Brazil - Brazilian food shop in Prospect Hill

Convenience stores in petrol stations around the city are also open, including Texaco on the Docks, Circle K on College Rd,


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:  takeaway only

Le Petit Delice in Mainguard St - 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

Java's Creperia and Cafe in Upper Abbeygate - weren't open in previous weeks, but have decided to start opening from 11am - 5pm, takeaway only, free for HSE staff

Restaurants and fast food

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

Wa Sushi in New Dock St - takeaway only

Tomodachi Sushi - open for lunch 12-noon - 5pm and dinner 5pm - 9:30pm - takeaway

Charcoal Grill in Mary St

Charcoal Grill in Prospect Hill -

Woozza Pizzaria takeaway on Sea Rd  - takeaway only

Apache Pizza in Dominick St - takeaway only

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

Shake Dog in Prospect Hill  takeaway only

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

Bubble Bee in Lower Abbeygate St is closed, but is available for orders through Just Eat.

As well as these restaurants which are providing takeaways for collection, there are a growing number offering meals through the delivery services:   Just Eat, Deliveroo, Whats4Dinner

Transport / financial services

Brite Scooter and eBike rentals in Eyre Street

West Ireland Cycling in Fairhill Rd is closed, but are offering a repair service for essential workers - access it by emailing  or phoning 08 206 6904

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.

Cash Creators in Eglinton St - is closed, but have details on their website about how to access their BuyBacks and LayAways services.

Clothing / shoes / repairs

Shoe repairs: Heffernans in Sea Rd is closed, but shoes for fixing can be left at Ernie's Fruit and Vegegtabe across the road.

Homeware / hardware / gifts

Dealz in Eyre St and in Galway Shopping Centre

EuroGiant in Eglinton St and Mainguard St


All closed - but some newsagents stock stationery items

Electronics / internet cafes

WeFix gadget repair in Upper Abbeygate St - are operating a call-and-connect repairs service

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 people who are working:  Follow guidelines to keep them, and you, as safe as possible.