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Galway City Museum strives to create innovative and inclusive learning opportunities to engage with the public to foster an increased awareness and understanding of Galway’s history and heritage.

Here is a sample of our recent projects:

1916-2016 Project

Galway City Museum and GK Media worked with St Michael’s BNS in Mervue to develop a short film and a series of history podcasts relating to the 1916 Rising. Over a period of several months, Brendan McGowan (Galway City Museum), Michael Moylan (Irish History Live), local historian William Henry as well as members of the Defense Forces visited the school. The pupils carried out research about life in Galway 100 years previously and interviewed local residents and each other.

1916 to 2016 Galway Playlist


Children’s Label Project

Working in partnership with the Claddagh National School, Galway City Museum has developed child-friendly labels for its prehistory and medieval exhibitions. Each pupil selected an object that appealed most to them and responded to 8 simple questions: What is it? What is it made of? How old is it? What do you think it was used for? What do you think of it? What might you use today instead? What does it tell us about life at the time? What was its value/worth/importance? Each child was also encouraged to sketch their chosen object but there was also a team of selected artists whose job it was to produce several sketches. The work they produced – text and drawings – was scanned and reproduced as colourful discs, which were placed at low levels in or on the showcases throughout the exhibitions.

Teen Film Camps

GK Media, working in partnership with Galway City Museum, has developed a series of short films with teenagers. During the week-long film camps, participants developed their communications skills, strengthened their means of self-expression, embraced their local history, and gained invaluable knowledge about the film industry whilst having fun.

Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach/Seven Virtues of the Rising

In 2016, Galway City Museum led a project to translate and publish Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach (1918) by Galway writer Pádraic Ó Conaire (1882-1928), the most innovative writer to emerge from the Gaelic Revival. Although not directly concerned with the events of the 1916 Rising, the book of short stories deals with the ways in which the revolt intervenes in the lives of ordinary Irish men and women. Arguably the first important fictional response to the Rising, the original book was selected for inclusion in the Irish Times and Royal Irish Academy series Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks.

Translated by Diarmuid de Faoite, the bilingual book is the result of collaboration with Arlen House and Cló Iar-Chonnacht and was part-funded by Galway City Council as part of its Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

In January 2017, Galway City Museum sent gift copies of the book to every primary and post-primary school in the city. Here you can read the introduction to the book by Brendan McGowan, Education Officer (Galway City Museum), which looks at the life of the author and the background to the original publication.

Intro Chapter

Easter Rising 2016

Loosely based on the events of the Easter Rising, this short film explores how such an event might be portrayed by opposing sides in modern media.

Dolly Dearheart

A fun short horror made during a Halloween film camp.

No Escape

A short film based on the massacre of three-hundred Spanish Armada prisoners at St Augustine’s Monastery (now Forthill Cemetery), overlooking Lough Atalia, in 1588.

Galway & the Great War

A short film inspired by our Galway and the Great War exhibition.

A Wartime Love Story

A love story inspired by our Galway and the Great War exhibition.

Stairway to Hell

A short horror inspired by local folklore about the Devil’s Steps at the Spanish Arch. The story goes that if you descend the steps after dark the devil will pull you into the river.

The Deadly Tours of the Devil Steps

A short horror inspired by local folklore about the Devil’s Steps at the Spanish Arch. The story goes that if you descend the steps after dark the devil will pull you into the river.

The Life & Death of Richard Martin

A short documentary about Galwayman Richard Martin (1754-1834), known as ‘Humanity Dick’ or ‘Hair-trigger Dick’. Martin was a politician and campaigner against animal cruelty, responsible for the enactment of the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act 1822, nicknamed ‘Martin’s Act’,

Educate projects galway museum

Educate projects galway museum

Educate projects galway museum

Educate projects galway museum

Educate projects galway museum

Prehistoric Galway

A city steeped in history

At the mouth of the River Corrib as it meets Galway Bay, stands Galway. This modern city has at its heart, the fabric of the original medieval settlement.  Over the centuries, people have used this location to establish and develop a town, which became one of the most important trading posts along the western seaboard in the medieval period.  Galway has a rich and complex history. Archaeological excavations in the city have revealed the story of the walled town and the earliest buildings, including the de Burgo castle first built in 1232 and the Red Earl’s Hall constructed in the late 1200s or early 1300s.

What’s in a name?

The origin of the name ‘Galway’ from the Irish ‘Gaillimh’ is uncertain.  One theory suggests that the name derives from the Galway (Gaillimh) River, now the River Corrib, from the Irish words ‘gall’ and ‘amh’ meaning ‘stony river’.  According to local legend, the town is called after Gaillimh or Galvia, the daughter of the mythical king Breasal, who drowned in the river.

Early Galway

Little is known about Galway before the 12th century.  At that time in Ireland the country was divided into kingdoms, each with its own king who in turn was subject to the high king of Ireland.  Galway first appears in recorded history as the place where Toirdhealbhach Ó Conchobhair, king of Connacht erected a fortification at Bun Gaillimhe (the mouth of the River Galway).  Made from timber, it was destroyed and re-built several times.  At that time, the area around the present city formed part of the territories controlled by two local families loyal to Ó Conchobhair; the O’Flahertys to the west of the river and the O’Hallorans to the east.

Arrival of the Anglo-Normans

In 1169-70 Anglo-Norman settlers from Britain arrived in Ireland.  They made their first claim on Connacht in 1196 when a grant of the province was made to William de Burgo.  In 1230, William’s son, Richard de Burgo fought with the Gaelic Irish at Galway but was forced to withdraw.  De Burgo returned in 1232 and built the first stone castle in Galway.  By 1235, Richard de Burgo had conquered the entire province of Connacht.  Richard’s son Walter (who died in the castle at Galway in 1271) is credited with establishing the walled town at Galway having granted the citizens their first mural charter c. 1270, which allowed them the right to levy tolls on goods to finance the building of the town walls.

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