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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!

ILLUSTRATED TALKS: Remembering Eileen Quinn

Galway City Museum Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland

One hundred years ago this week, on 10 December 1923, Irish poet W. B. Yeats (1865–1939) was presented with the Nobel Prize in Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. The previous year, he had published a lengthy political poem entitled 'Thoughts Upon the Present State of the World' (later renamed ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’), […]

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Galway in Old Photos

Westside Resource Centre Westside Resource Centre, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway, Select a State:, Ireland

Join Brendan McGowan, Education Officer at Galway City Museum, as he shares and discusses some late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs of Galway from the Lawrence Collection at the National Library of Ireland and from Chetham’s Library in Manchester.   As part of its outreach programme, Galway City Museum has curated a series of […]

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Mass Paths

Galway City Museum Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland

Mass paths were the countryside walkways used by Catholics to attend illegal masses during penal times (1695–1829).  A Well Trodden Path is a collaborative exhibition between photographer Caitriona Dunnett, Dr Hilary Bishop of Liverpool John Moores University, and Lackagh Museum and Heritage Centre, which explores the heritage of mass paths in Lackagh in Co Galway. With […]

ILLUSTRATED TALK: BRIGID 1500 – the Saint, the Goddess, and the Weaving of Tradition

Galway City Museum Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland

The year 2024 marks the 1500th anniversary of the death of St Brigid (c. 450–524) of Ireland, who some scholars believe is a personality generated during the period of transition from Irish Paganism to Christianity, replacing the goddess Brigit, the Irish manifestation of the Celtic Brigantia. With its origins in the Celtic fertility festival of Imbolc, St Brigid’s […]

WORKSHOP: BRIGID 1500 – St Brigid’s Crosses

Galway City Museum Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland

The year 2024 marks the 1500th anniversary of the death of St Brigid of Ireland (c. 450–524). It was once customary to make a cross of rushes or straw – known as a St Brigid’s Cross – on 31 January, the eve of her feast day (Oiche Fhéile Bhríde). Crosses were then hung up in houses, and sometimes […]

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: BRIGID 1500 – St Brigid’s Crosses

Galway City Museum Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland

The year 2024 marks the 1500th anniversary of the death of St Brigid of Ireland (c. 450–524). It was once customary to make a cross of rushes or straw – known as a St Brigid’s Cross – on 31 January, the eve of her feast day (Oiche Fhéile Bhríde). Crosses were then hung up in houses, and sometimes […]

GUIDED TOUR:  The Claddagh – A Triumph of Unconscious Beauty

Galway City Museum Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland

The Claddagh village, which lends its name to the famous ring, developed on the western shore of the mouth of the River Corrib, outside the walls of medieval Galway. This village of small, thatched houses occupied by Irish-speaking fishermen and their families, and headed by an elected mayor or king, played an important role in […]

GUIDED TOUR: Museum for Families

Galway City Museum Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland

Join Damien Donnellan for a free guided tour to learn about the origins of Galway and to hear fascinating stories behind some of the objects on display, including the oldest known Claddagh Ring and the statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire. No booking required. The tour starts at the Museum reception desk. Places allocated on a […]

GUIDED TOUR: Museum Highlights Tour

Galway City Museum Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland

Join Damien Donnellan for a free guided tour to learn about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects on display, including the oldest known Claddagh Ring, a medieval physician’s cup and more! No booking required. The tour starts at the Museum reception desk. Places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Suitable for families   […]

DROP-IN WORKSHOP: Clothes-Peg Dolls

Galway City Museum Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade, Galway, Ireland

In times past, before toys were made in factories, Irish children often made their own toys to pass the time and amuse themselves. As money was scarce, they used their imagination to recycle whatever castaway materials were to hand, natural materials such as wood, wool, straw and, even bone. Sometimes, children would make dolls or […]

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