Galway City Museum
Fáilte chuig Músaem Cathrach na Gaillimhe

Calendar of Events

PLEASE NOTE: 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

To view and download our full programme of events for July to December 2014 click HERE.


Saturday 25 October, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Mystery in Animals

Pádraic Ó Conaire built a beautiful legend round the purchase and experiences of a man with his Little Black Donkey. Such pictures of a man and his donkey seem simple but they are very complex and evoke wonderful images in ways that children understand best. Bring your animal stories to this workshop and write your legend with poet, Terry McDonagh.
Age 10+

Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30, October, 10am - 3pm

TEEN FILM CAMP: Revisiting Galway's Ghosts

This Halloween mid-term, join Garry Kelly of GK Media for a three-day film camp and produce a short documentary-drama on a story of betrayal, murder and execution from Galway's dark past. The small group will be encouraged to learn more about their local history and develop their story into a short film. The course includes scriptwriting, storyboarding, acting, costume design, sound recording, camera operation and editing. Each participant will be given a DVD of his or her finished group project on the last day.
Age 12-16 / Fee: €35 per person (payable on the day)

Wednesday 29 October, 2pm – 3pm

Traditionally, Traveller side pockets were used instead of purses by women in the Traveller community. These colourful side pockets, worn around the waist, were decorated to reflect the individual and were highly treasured. Join Dave Donovan, Galway Traveller Movement, and make your own side pocket.
Age 7 – 12

Thursday 30 October, 7pm – 8pm
EVENING LECTURE: The Proud Lynches
The 'Proud' Lynches were the most powerful and influential of the fourteen Galway tribes, producing 84 mayors – entrepreneurs, fraudsters, explorers and slaves – between 1484 and 1654. Join author Adrian Martyn as he discusses the 'Tribes of Galway' with a special focus on this illustrious family.
Age 12+

Friday 31 October,
11am – 12.30pm

Join archaeologist Anne Carey to learn about the gruesome side of Galway's history and hear all about skulls, plagues and sieges. Afterwards have a go at making a Halloween mask and playing traditional Halloween games.

Age 7 – 12

Saturday 1 November, 11am – 3pm
ART CLASS: Responding to the Sea

Join artist and art teacher Vicky Smith for this class exploring and responding to the Máirtín Oliver Galway Hooker and exhibition and the museum's waterside location where the river meets the sea.

Age 12 – 16

Saturday 8 November, 2pm – 3pm
WORKSHOP: If Things Could Talk

If things could talk what stories would they tell? Join Brendan McGowan, Education & Outreach Officer, to investigate a wide range of quirky objects from the museum's collections and put your detective skills to the test.
Age 8 – 12

Saturday 15 November, 2pm – 3pm
TALK: Traveller Equality & Diversity

This year the Galway Traveller Movement celebrates its twentieth anniversary – ‘Whiden Toie': Celebrating Traveller Culture, The Road to Recognition and Rights. Join Hannagh McGinley for this exploration of Traveller culture.
Age 12+

Saturday 22 November,
11am – 12.30pm
All About Excavating

Join archaeologist Anne Carey to learn how ancient objects are discovered and how their stories are uncovered. Who made them? How were the used? And what do they tell us about life in the past? Afterwards have a go at excavating finds and making your own museum exhibition.

Age 7 – 12

Saturday 29 November, 11am – 1pm
PERFORMANCE: "Music Everywhere"

The Galway Music Residency presents "Music Everywhere" with ConTempo String Quartet & special guests.
All Ages (no booking required)

Saturday 29 November, 2pm – 3pm
TALK: The Ferocious O'Flahertys

Before the arrival of the Anglo-Normans, the 'Ferocious' O'Flahertys were the most powerful dynasty in South Connacht. Join author Adrian Martyn to hear about this family of kings and king-slayers, admirals and pirates, landlords and rebels.
Age 12+