The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival has always recognised the importance of properly welcoming the arrival of the oyster season.

A special guest of honour plays a significant role in helping us to do that. Each and every year our guests of honour have been a wonderful and welcome addition to the festival.


Previous Guest’s of Honor include:

1969 – LORD KILLANIN
1968 – ROG. DU GARDIER
1967 – CAPT. J. RIDGEWAY & SGT. SHAY BLYTH
1966 – VISCOUNT BOYD
1965 – CLEMENT FREUD
1964 – F. H. BOLAND
1963 – DEN. GERMAN BARAIBBAR USANOIGAGA
1962 – ALD. J. J. O’KEEFFE
1979 – EAMONN ANDREWS
1978 – JOE MALONE
1977 – JOE MacGLYNN
1976 – GERRY COLGAN
1975 – ANITA LESLIE
1974 – MR. LA GARDE
1973 – MARQUIS DE GOULAIRE
1972 – ROBERT HOWICH
1971 – HUBERT PIAT
1970 – GAY BYRNE
1989 – RAY FLYNN/SEAMUS BRENNAN
1988 – PETER SUTHERLAND
1987 – FERGAL QUINN
1986 – CATHAL O’SHANNON
1985 – A. J. F. O’REILLY
1984 – NEIL TOBIN
1983 – FRANK KELLY
1982 – MIKE MURPHY
1981 – HUGH LEONARD
1980 – BRENDAN O’KELLY
1999 – BARON ALAIN GUILLAUME
1998 – MARIAN FINNUCANE
1997 – MARTY WHELAN
1996 – MICK McCARTHY
1995 – GERRY KELLY
1994 – COLIN STORM
1993 – SEAN DUIGNAN
1992 – CHARLES J. HAUGHEY
1991 – JOHN HUME
1990 – VINCENT FINN
2011- MARTIN SHANAHAN
2010 – CLODAGH MCKENNA
2009 – IAN WALKER
2008 – CAPT BRIAN SHERIDAN
2007 – PADRAIC O CEIDIGH
2006 – CHRISTY O’CONNER JNR
2005 – BRIAN O’DRISCOLL
2004 – GRAINNE SEOIGE
2003 – KEN DOHERTY
2002 – JOE McDONAGH
2001 – BILL CULLEN
2000 – SIR ANTHONY GREENER