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

To view or download our full programme of events and exhibitions for July - December 2016 click HERE.

July & August

Saturday 2 July, 12pm – 1pm
Master Sessions

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Galway Music Residency has had to cancel this scheduled event. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Saturday 2 July, 2pm – 3pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: 'What Did The Women Do Anyway?'
In conjunction with Mná 2016, join historian Liz Gillis as she discusses some of the female personalities of the revolution, with a particular focus on Galway and the West. Originally from the Liberties in Dublin, Liz is the author of Women of the Irish Revolution, Revolution in Dublin and The Fall of Dublin.
Ages 12+


Saturday 9 July, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
PERFORMANCE: Trad by the Arch – Galway style!

Join award-winning, sean-nós dancer Emma O'Sullivan from Renvyle and John O'Halloran from Inishbofin on accordion/melodeon for a special lunchtime performance in the museum courtyard.

All Ages (no booking required)


Tuesday 12 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm
WORKSHOP: Wonder Workshop for Young Creators

Science educator Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou will take the natural curiosity of your budding young creator, combine it with a dash of learning and a big heap of fun to learn, make, tinker, invent and experiment. A unique afternoon that will bring out the creative explorer in any child.

Ages 8 – 12


Wednesday 13 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm
WORKSHOP: Science & Art of the Sea
Learn, create, experiment and, most importantly, have fun while exploring the sea with science educator Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou. This hands-on session featuring science, art and tinkering will see young scientists stretch their creative muscles while learning amazing and inspiring facts about the sea.
Ages 8 – 12


Saturday 16 July, 2pm – 3pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: Galwaymen at the Somme, 1916

The Battle of the Somme, 1 July to 18 November 1916, was the largest battle on the Western Front during the Great War, with more than one million killed or wounded. Join local historian William Henry as he discusses the background to the conflict and tells the stories of some of the Galwaymen involved.

Ages 12+


Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 July, 10.30am – 3.30pm
SUMMER FILM CAMP: Reporting the Rising

How might the Easter Rising be reported by the media if it happened in 2016? Would Pearse be called a freedom fighter, a fundamentalist or even a terrorist? Join Brendan McGowan (Galway City Museum) and Garry Kelly (GK Media) for this four-day film camp to produce a short film reporting the events of 1916. Participants will develop their communications skills, build their confidence, strengthen their means of self-expression, embrace their local history, and gain invaluable knowledge about the film industry whilst having fun.
Ages 11 – 16
COST: €50 per person payable on the first day


Saturday 23 & 30 July, 10.30am – 12pm
ART CLASS: Paper Cut Tapestry

Poland is renowned for its traditional paper cuts, or cut-out art.
Fundacja Bardzo Ładnie (Very Nice Foundation) presents a two-week, cut-out art class in which participants will cut patterns inspired by Polish folk art and create a giant, coloured tapestry. Participants must be available to attend both classes.
Age 7+


Saturday 23 July, 2pm – 3pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: Roger Casement & Galway in 1916

Born in Dublin and raised in Co. Antrim, humanitarian Roger Casement was the last of the 1916 rebels to be executed.
Join historian Angus Mitchell, author of Roger Casement: 16 Lives and foremost authority on Casement, as he discusses the patriot and his connection to Galway.

Ages 12+


Saturday 30 July, 2pm – 3.30pm
Athrú Anois Art

Using the
Revolution in Galway exhibition as inspiration, join award-winning facilitator Kathryn Crowley to try your hand at playful art making and bring out your inner artist. Weather permitting, some of this workshop will take place outdoors. All materials included. No special skills required.

Ages 14+


Saturday 6 August, 2pm – 3pm
TALK: A Game of Thrones

Fought between Anglo-Irish lords and the King of Connacht and his Gaelic-Irish federation, the Second Battle of Athenry took place on 10 August 1316 as a result of the Scottish invasion of Ireland. Join local historian Adrian Martyn as he discusses this decisive battle, which changed the balance of power in medieval Connacht.

Age 12+


Saturday 13 August, 11am – 3pm

In 1916 the Irish people found their voice; the Proclamation of the Irish Republic offered ‘the right to the ownership of Ireland, and the unfettered control of Irish destinies’. Join Dani Gill,
director of Cúirt Literary Festival, for an exploration of literary freedom in the written word. Participants will examine important written works that explore the themes of liberation, self-hood and ownership.
Age 11 – 16


Saturday 20 August, 11.30am – 12.30pm
GUIDED TOUR: The Streets & Stories of Galway for Children (Heritage Week)

Every stone and street in Galway has a story to tell. Join guide Seán Leonard on this kids and families walking tour as he shares the best of Galway's great stories. Expect tales of pirates, fierce creatures, naughty soldiers, naughtier mayors and even one heroic baboon!

Family Event (most suitable for Age 8+)


Saturday 20 August, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
GUIDED TOUR: Fact Vs Fiction (Heritage Week)

Did you know the true story of the Claddagh Ring, or the Lynch Window? Should the truth ever get in the way of a good story? Join guide Seán Leonard on a walking tour of the inner town as he discusses the interplay between history and storytelling: the somewhat blurred lines between fact and fiction that come together to create the identity of Galway.



Saturday 27 August, 11am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 3.30pm
ART CLASS: Sensational Painting

Music is a fountain of emotion and inspiration, and painting is a great way of representing these feelings.
Fundacja Bardzo Ładnie (Very Nice Foundation) presents a children's art class in which participants will 'paint' Chopin's music as they 'feel' it, and in doing so create their own abstract masterpiece.

Age 5+