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.


Wednesday 24 September, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Evans of Eton & the West
In conjunction with the International Heritage Conference, join Anne Hodge, National Gallery of Ireland, as she discusses English artist William Evans of Eton (1798-1877) and his watercolours of Galway City and Connemara painted in 1838 while on a visit to the West of Ireland.
Age 12+

Saturday 27 September
, 11am – 1pm
WORKSHOP: Bird Watching for Children

The Corrib river and estuary is home to thriving bird populations. Join Tom Cuffe to learn about the local birdlife and afterwards take a walk and along Nimmo's Pier to watch and identify birds (weather dependent).
Family Event / Age 7+ (with parent/guardian)

Saturday 27 September, 2pm – 4.30pm
TALK & SCREENING: From The Woods To The Water
Join Galway-based film-maker Tony Walsh of Tocar Productions as he introduces his new documentary – Scéal Croí An Cladaig: "From The Woods To The Water”. This unique visual journey captures the story of the first Galway Hooker of its class to be built in the city since the 1920s.
Age 12+

Saturday 4 October, 2pm – 4pm

TALK: Galway's Famous Three-in-a-Row

In September 1964, Galway beat Kerry in the final of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. This was the first step towards their famous Three-in-a-Row. Join Jim Carney, of the Tuam Herald, and a host of Galway players and fans to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this triumph. Please note that this event will take place at An Taibhdhearc (National Irish Language Theatre) on Middle St, and that prior booking through the museum is essential.

Age 12+

Thursday 9 October, 7pm – 8pm

EVENING LECTURE: The Galway-Clifden Line

Opened in 1895, the 80-kilometre Galway to Clifden railway line ran through the heart of Connemara. The line fell into disuse following its closure in the 1930s, but is now due to be re-opened in part as a Greenway for walking and cycling. Join author Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill as she discusses the history of this short-lived but important line.


Saturday 11 October, 2pm – 3pm

TALK & TOUR: Exam Preparation

The Leaving Cert History and Appreciation of Art paper often includes a question about visiting a museum or gallery. Why not prepare by taking a tour of Galway City Museum with Brendan McGowan, Education & Outreach Officer, and artist and art-teacher Bernadine Burke.

Teens / Leaving Cert. Students

Saturday 11 October to Saturday 18th October (remember the museum is closed Sundays and Mondays) .
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children
Children of all ages are welcome to visit the new SeaScience exhibition at Galway City Museum. If you would like to book a group tour during Baboro week contact Fiona Lawless, School Liaison, on 091 562 642 or or download request forms from the Baboro website
Thursday 16 October, 7pm – 8pm
LECTURE: Westward, Ho! with William Wilde
Surgeon and polymath William Wilde, father of Oscar, wrote significant works on medicine, archaeology and folklore, including Lough Corrib, its Shores and Islands. Join Gerry Hanberry, author and poet, as he discusses William Wilde and his west of Ireland links.

Saturday 18 October, 2pm – 5pm
PERFORMANCE: International Uilleann Piping Day
This year Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) celebrate the fourth 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 23 October, 7pm – 8pm
EVENING LECTURE: The Claddagh's Magnificent Response

On 4 August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany. By January 1915, 500 men from the city of Galway had enlisted with another 200 from the Claddagh. Join Galway author William Henry as he discusses the phenomenal response to the call to arms from this historic fishing village.

Saturday 25 October, 11am – 1pm
WRITING WORKSHOP: Journey with Raftery from Mayo to Galway – Cill Aodain to Killeeneen
In a relaxed interactive writing workshop with Cill Aodain-born poet, Terry McDonagh, young people will celebrate the life, journey and writing of the blind poet, Anthony Raftery. He was Ireland’s last great travelling bard: “from his hearthstone in Cill Aodain to his gravestone on Killeeneen”.
Age 10+

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