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Galway City Museum’s programme of events caters for a variety of audiences and interests, comprising gallery tours, illustrated talks, art and craft workshops, art classes and lectures. Enjoy our current series of online workshops here!

Exploring Mythical Creatures

Galwayman, Niall de Búrca is one of Ireland’s foremost traditional storytellers and best-loved performers. In this workshop Niall tells stories about mythical creatures from around the world – the Taniwha of New Zealand, Scandinavian trolls, and the Ladon of North Africa, before relating the Polish legend of King Krakus and Smok, the fire-breathing Dragon. Niall also explains why these […]

Drawing Mythical Creatures

Online , Ireland

Róisín Curé has taught sketching and cartooning workshops to adults and children, in Ireland and across Europe, for over a decade. In this workshop Róisín will demonstrate some drawing skills that will enable participants to illustrate their own mythical creature. Drawing Abha Róisín begins by drawing Niall’s imaginary creature, Abha, as she imagines it to be. Abha […]

Galway Hookers & The Claddagh

Online , Ireland

Boatbuilder Cóilín Óg Hernon discusses the various parts of the Galway Hooker boat and boatman Ciaran Oliver follows with a short history of the Claddagh fishing village, which was once home to a large fleet of these distinctive boats.  With their distinctive black hulls and eye-catching rust-red sails, Galway Hookers are the traditional boats of […]

How to Make a Galway Hooker

Online , Ireland

Jennifer Cunningham is a visual artist, who works with a variety of material and techniques. She has had many exhibitions including solo shows for the Galway International Arts Festival and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. She has won many awards. She enjoys working with children and sometimes visits different schools to teach art. Her […]


Maeve Clancy creates work for children and adults using cut paper, pop-up, story and drawings. Among her recent projects was the design of 'Sruth na Teanga', an immersive theatre experience as part of Galway 2020 City of Culture. In this workshop Maeve takes an artistic view of the great stone fort of Dún Aonghasa on […]

MONUMENT – Exploring Dún Aonghasa

Online , Ireland

Museum Director Eithne Verling explores the archaeology of the great stone fort of Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mór, Co. Galway.  This is central to the MONUMENT exhibition presented by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and Galway City Museum as part of the cultural programme for Galway.  Although Eithne is currently director of the Galway […]

Deeply Wild – Sealife of the West Coast of Ireland

Online , Ireland

Nick Pfeiffer started diving in 1980. Having worked as a biologist with the Marine Institute he established MERC, a scientific consultancy in 2005. Today he runs the busy aquatic environmental and ecological consultancy where much of his work involves recording and monitoring natural habitats and plants and animals of the rivers, lakes and seas in […]


Online , Ireland

Nature is everywhere - even the tiniest patch of grass is a kingdom full of creatures, you just need to look very closely! Join Science Educator Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou for an online workshop exploring the multitude of Mini-Beasts that call our back gardens home. You will learn about garden Mini-beasts as well as some […]

A Galway Wedding in 1900 by Róisín Miles

Annie Woods of Bayview, Salthill married Benjamin Shorten in the Wesleyan Church, Victoria Place, off Eyre Square, Galway on 5 June 1900. Having been kept in the family for many years, Annie’s granddaughter kindly donated her wedding dress and accessories to Galway City Museum in 2019. Recently, the Heritage Council has awarded funding to the […]

Headford Lace in the Annie Woods Collection by Norma Owens

Online , Ireland

Headford Lace is one of the oldest of the Irish Laces, with a history spanning over 250 years! To mark Heritage Week 2021, Norma Owens, researcher with the Headford Lace Project, gives a brief history of Headford Lace before focussing on the lace piece within the Annie Woods Collection which is likely to be an example of […]

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