Galway City Museum
Fáilte chuig Músaem Cathrach na Gaillimhe

Calendar of Events

NB: All events are FREE OF CHARGE (unless otherwise stated). Places are LIMITED so BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL! For further information, or to make a booking, please contact (091) 532460 or

May & June 2017

ConTempo Quarter

Saturday 6 May, 11am – 1pm
PERFORMANCE: 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music
The Galway Music Residency in collaboration with the Galway City Museum presents 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music. This series sees the Galway’s ConTempo Quartet join forces with some of Ireland’s young classical, contemporary and Irish traditional artists on the rise. The musicians will fill the museum with beautiful sounds for music lovers of all ages to enjoy.
All Ages (No Booking Required)

Claddagh Ring

Saturday 13 May, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: The Claddagh Ring & Other Love Tokens
Finger rings, such as fede (‘faith’) rings or posey/posie rings, have long been given as tokens of love and affection. Join Phyllis McNamara of Cobwebs antique shop as she discusses love tokens with a particular focus on the world-famous Claddagh Ring, which first appeared in Galway from the early 1700s.
Age 10+

Harpist Kathleen Loughnane

Sunday 14 May, 1pm – 2pm
RECITAL: Celebrate the Irish Harp
In association with Cruit Éireann, celebrate Ireland’s national instrument with this lunchtime recital featuring acclaimed harpist Kathleen Loughnane and a gathering of fellow harpers.
All Ages (no booking required)

Drawing Day 2017

Saturday 20 May, 11am 11.50am
WORKSHOP: 'Little Lines' Drawing for Early Years
Explore fun and unexpected ways of "drawing" with your child during this creative, hands-on workshop with artist Jane Hayes. Visually explore the museum, its objects, exhibitions and location through age-appropriate activities that encourage wonder and excitement. 
Age 1–4

Saturday 20 May, 12am – 4pm
DROP-IN: Drop-in & Draw
Drawing Day is a National Gallery of Ireland initiative which encourages people of all ages to try their hand at drawing. To mark the day, the museum will set up art stations throughout the galleries with drawing supplies so why not drop in and draw.
All Ages (no booking required)

Mystic Gatherings

Saturday 27 May, 12pm – 3pm 
LECTURES: Mystic Gatherings
As well as having a range of practical uses, trees and woodlands were sacred to the ancient Celts and Slavs. In conjunction with the Bardzo Ladnie Foundation, join author Niall McCoitir (Ireland's Trees: Myths, Legends & Folklore), ethnologist Marcin Piotrowsk (University of Lodz), archeologist Derry Townsend plus other guest speakers as they discuss Celtic and Slavic folk beliefs as part of the Forest Days Festival. 
Age 12+

The Aran Islands by J. M. Synge
Saturday 3 June, 2.30pm 3.30pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: Synge & the Aran Islands
John Millington Synge (1871-1909) first travelled to the Aran Islands in 1898, after which he returned every summer until 1902. In 1907, two years before his untimely death, he published The Aran Islands, which describes a way of life that has since disappeared. Join Dr. Ian R. Walsh, NUIG as he discusses Synge and what he himself referred to as his 'first serious piece of work'.
Age 12+

Saturday 10 June
, 2.30pm 3.30pm
TALK: The Ferocious O'Flahertys
Before the arrival of the Anglo-Normans, the 'Ferocious' O'Flahertys clan was the most powerful dynasty in South Connacht. Join author Adrian Martyn, author of The Tribes of Galway: 1124-1642 (2016), to hear about this family of kings and king-slayers, admirals and pirates, landlords and rebels.
Age 12+

Saturday 17 June, 11am – 12.30pm
WORKSHOP: Ocean Pressure & Shrinking Heads
Explore what life is like in the deep sea around Ireland. Investigate what pressure is, how it changes with depth and what it means for ocean exploration. Join the Explorer Education team to examine the Polystyrene Shrinking Heads which have felt the pressure of the deep sea. 
Age 712

Dominican Chapel & Piscatorial School, Claddagh

Saturday 24 June, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: The Dominicans in Galway
In 1488, 'at the request of the citizens of Galway', the Dominicans took possession of the Church of St. Marys on the Hill, an abandoned chapel in the Claddagh outside the city walls, and thus began a relationship that has lasted until the present day. Join Ultan Lally as he discusses the foundation of the order, their spread into Ireland and their long connection with Galway.
Age 12+