Sad News

We are sad to say one of the Gala’s longest serving members, David Fitzsimmons, has passed away.
A regular sight throughout Gala Week, Davy was always on hand to help at events or about the stage.
Our thoughts are with Mamie and his family. May he Rest In Peace.

Welcome to Gala Week

We hope everyone has a great time over the next seven days, for full information on our events, check out the Gala programme (link in the menu) and to stay in touch with all things Portaferry, stay tuned to ferry fm, our very own festival radio station, broadcasting from the town and covering all things “Gala”. As always thanks to everyone who has worked so hard over the last few months, to our Sponsors, big and small, without whom Gala Week just couldn’t happen. Have fun, everyone.

Ferry FM

Ferry FM plans to launch programming again, very shortly. The station is now based in it’s new home at the Recreational Hub, beside the Sailing Club.

If you have ever listened to the radio and thought “I could do that!”, please do get in touch. 
If you are passionate about a topic, music, have an idea for a programme, or would just like to help out, let us know now.


Full training will be given and there will always be a producer on hand to help you out.

Shine On

We are sad to say that Anthony, the voice of Gala for many throughout the 2000’s, has passed away.
A larger than life figure, who threw himself into so many Gala events, he was well known to all visitors in Portaferry, during our Festival.
Anthony also hosted “Love on the Lough” on our festival radio station ferry fm.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year



A very Merry Christmas to all our readers, wherever you are in the world. We hope you have a lovely holiday and get some time off to spend with the ones you love.

Thanks for all your support over the last 12 months and here’s to 2019 and Gala number 52. If you can come along and celebrate with us, fantastic, if you are away, fear not, this Gala Website will keep you up to date with everything going on.