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 email@example.com
To view or download our full programme of events for January to March 2017 click HERE.
Saturday 4 February, 11am – 11.50am
WORKSHOP: A Sailing We Will Go …
Using the museum's waterside location and sea science and maritime exhibitions as inspiration, join artist Jane Hayes for this creative hands-on workshop, during which parent and toddler will undertake an inspirational sea journey.
Age 1 – 4
Saturday 4 February, 12pm – 1pm
GUIDED TOUR: Museum Highlights
Beginning with an overview – literally – of the City, Corrib and Claddagh, discover the fascinating history and folklore behind a selection of objects at Galway City Museum, including the rare Penfold postbox, the controversial statue of Ó Conaire and the well-travelled Galway civic sword and mace.
Saturday 11 February, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: Máirtín Mór McDonogh & the Galway Shell Factory
By 1917, National Shell Factories were established in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Galway. The first shell produced in Galway, dated 12 February 1917, was dedicated to local businessman Máirtín Mór McDonogh. Join Jackie Uí Chionna, author of He was Galway: Máirtín Mór McDonogh, 1860–1934 (2016), as she discusses Máirtín Mór in the context of the Great War and Easter Rising, and his role in the establishment of the Galway shell factory.
Saturday 18 February, 10am – 12pm
CRAFT WORKSHOP: An Intro to Aran Knitting
Ireland is renowned for its knitting and Galway is famed for its iconic cabled Aran sweaters. Join Anne Ó Máille of Ó Máille's traditional clothing shop for a four-week knitting course aimed at beginners and improvers. Hailed by the Irish Times as the 'Guardian of Aran Knitting', Anne will lead participants from their first cast-on, each week building towards a simple cabled pattern. The course will take place over four Saturdays (18 and 25 February, 4 and 11 March), from 10am to midday. The cost of the four-week course is €10, to cover the price of needles and yarn.
Saturday 18 February, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
TALK/SREENING: Chasing Michael Davitt
Chasing Michael Davitt a film documentary by singer/musician Dónal Maguire and film maker Paul Vernon Lydiate. Based on the life of the 19th century Irish politician Michael Davitt (1846−1906), this screening will take you on a musical journey through his life as agrarian agitator, founder of the Irish National Land League and Home Rule advocate.
Thursday 23 February, 11am – 12.30pm
MIDTERM WORKSHOP: Irish Marine Wonders
Ever wanted to know more about Ireland's marine diversity? Join team members from Galway Atlantaquaria to learn about some of the animals and plants that live in the ocean around Ireland. Examine a range of biofacts and seaweeds, carry out a squid dissection and design your own camouflaged animal.
Thursday 23 February, 2pm – 3.30pm
MIDTERM WORKSHOP: Learning from the Past … Weapons
Join archaeologist Anne Carey to learn about weaponry in prehistory and the medieval period and have a go making your own bow and a medieval trebuchet, a giant sling for hurling missiles used during siege warfare.
Age 7 – 12
Friday 24 February 11am – 12.30pm
MIDTERM WORKSHOP: Caring for our Oceans
Join team members from Galway Atlantaquaria to learn about marine litter, over-fishing and how the ocean’s water quality is being affected by people. Explore what you can do to help protect our ocean, make water filters, examine the effects of ocean acidification and design a Save our Ocean poster.
Friday 24 February, 2pm – 3.30pm
MIDTERM WORKSHOP: Learning from the Past … Clothing
People have come up with ingenious ways to use natural materials to make beautifully crafted clothing. Join archaeologist Anne Carey to learn about how clothing was made in prehistoric and medieval times and have a go at weaving, knitting and sewing.
Age 7 - 12
Saturday 25 February, 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.