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 for July - December 2015 click HERE.


Thursday 1 October, 7pm – 8pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: Silent Servant & Symbol of the State

Introduced to Ireland by the novelist, Anthony Trollope, the post box has been a silent and reliable servant of the public for over one hundred and fifty years now. Join Stephen Ferguson, An Post, to hear how the postbox has, from tentative and uncertain beginnings, become much more than a mere “letter receiver”, emerging as a cherished icon of functional design and a symbol of State authority, a point so well appreciated by the men who changed its colour from red to green.

Saturday 3 October, 2pm – 3pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: Galway's Three-in-a-Row, 1965
In September 1965, for the second year in a row, Galway beat Kerry in the final of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and Captain Enda Colleran brought the Sam Maguire west. Join Jim Carney, sports journalist, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this triumph.
Age 12+

Tuesday 6 October, 1.10pm – 1.50pm
PERFORMANCE: Lunchtime with ConTempo

Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41. The Galway Music Residency with Galway City Museum welcomes you to experience 40 minutes of beautiful and inspiring music performed by the internationally-acclaimed ConTempo Quartet, Galway’s ensemble in residence.
All Ages. No Booking Required

Thursday 8 October, 7pm – 8pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: The IRB & Irish Volunteers in Galway

Join local historian Cormac Ó Comhraí, author of Revolution in Connacht, as he discusses the activity of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and Irish Volunteers in Co. Galway and the conditions – social and political – that encouraged recruitment.

Saturday 10 October, 2pm – 3pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: Swimming with Sharks
Marine ecologist and accomplished scuba diver and underwater photographer Nick Pfeiffer spends much of his time exploring the riches of Galway Bay. Join Nick as he shares stories and images of his underwater discoveries and encounters.
Age 12+

Thursday 15 October, 7pm – 8pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: Galwaymen in the American Civil War
During the American Civil War (1861-1865) at least 180,000 Irish-born fought for the Union and 20,000 for the Confederacy. In fact, Ireland produced more Civil War Generals than any other foreign country, including Patrick T. Moore from Galway, a slave-owning, confederate general. Join archaeologist, historian and author Damian Shiels as he discusses the role of Irishmen in the American Civil War, with particular reference to Galwaymen.

Saturday 17 October, 2pm – 5pm
PERFORMANCE: International Uilleann Piping Day
This year Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) celebrate the fifth year of International Uilleann Piping Day. It is an opportunity for pipers around the world to “Share the Sound of Ireland”. Join Tommy Keane and fellow Galway pipers for their contribution to this international event.
All Ages. No Booking Required

Thursday 22 October, 7pm – 8pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: National Identity & the West of Ireland
From the early 20th century onwards, through the Easter Rising and emergence of the Irish Free State, artists turned to the west of Ireland - a people and landscape which retained a continuity with its Gaelic past - as a source of inspiration from which to forge a sense of Irish identity. Join Marie Bourke of the National Gallery of Ireland, for an illustrated talk on national identity and the west with particular reference to artistic works at the National Gallery.

Saturday 24 October, 2pm – 3pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: Galway's Dominican Textiles
In 1644 the Dominican Sisters established an Order in Galway. In 2013, the Order donated its collection of religious textiles dating from the 16th to 20th centuries to Galway City Museum. Join textiles specialist Mairéad Johnston as she discusses the background to and importance of this collection – one of the best in the country – which includes altar frontals, chausables, chalice covers and lectern veils.
Age 12+

Wednesday 28 October, 11am
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

Thursday 29 October, 11am
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

Friday 30 October, 11am – 12.30pm
WORKSHOP: DIY – Building for Shelter
Join archaeologist Anne Carey to explore the different types of houses people constructed from earliest times in Ireland. Afterwards build our own post and wattle wall and make a model of a prehistoric house.
Age 7 – 12

Saturday 31 October, 11am – 12.30pm
WORKSHOP: DIY – Crafts & Clothing
Join archaeologist Anne Carey to see the wide range of crafts that were used in Ireland in the past to provide clothing, including weaving, knitting and sewing. Afterwards learn to weave, try your hand at knitting and see how clothes were dyed different colours.
Age 7 – 12