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Collections Spotlight – U2 Ticket

Every week we shine a light on a different object from our collections that you may not have seen before.  This week we have a ticket for a U2 gig in the Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill, Galway held on Fri 9th of May 1980 and a letter from their promotion company stipulating what their requirements were [...]

“Dear Galway…” Pandemic Project

Galway City Museum invites the people of Galway to write a letter to future generations of Galwegians as part of their “Dear Galway” pandemic project.  The idea of this project is to ask the public to share their lived experiences of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and to offer advice to future generations on how [...]

MONUMENT presented by Galway City Museum and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture

MONUMENT presented by Galway City Museum and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture ‘Our vision for the exhibition blends digital, physical and tactile experiences to tell this story in a manner that we hope will entertain, inform and delight audiences of all ages.’ - Co-curators Eithne Verling and Sybil Curley MONUMENT is presented by Galway 2020 [...]

The Killing of Joe Howley, 4 December 1920

On 4 December 1920, Joe Howley of Oranmore, Co. Galway – a 25-year-old veteran of the Easter Rising and Commandant of the Mid-Galway Brigade of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) – travelled by train to Dublin, apparently on an official visit to meet the IRA leadership. Shortly after arriving at Broadstone Station, Howley was shot [...]

The Killing of Michael Moran, 24 November 1920

On 24 November 1920, three Auxiliaries were tasked with transferring Michael Moran – Commandant of the IRA’s Tuam Battalion – the short distance from Eglinton Street RIC barracks to a military detention camp on Earl’s Island. Shortly before they arrived, Moran was shot and mortally wounded, allegedly, while “attempting to escape” – a euphemism often [...]

The Killing of Father Griffin – preview of new film “Terror in Galway – Uafás i nGaillimh, 1920”

On 23 November 1920, a century ago today, the funeral of Father Michael Griffin, who had been abducted and killed by Crown forces, took place in Galway. As many as 12,000 mourners – of all political and religious persuasions – gathered in the city to pay their last respects to Father Griffin before his remains [...]


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