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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!

Free Tours for International Museum Day

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Galway City Museum will share with museums around the globe in celebrating this year’s International Museum Day on Thursday 18th May.  This is an International Council of Museums (ICOM) initiative to help spread the word that “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace […]

Free Tours for International Museum Day

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

Galway City Museum will share with museums around the globe in celebrating this year’s International Museum Day on Thursday 18th May.  This is an International Council of Museums (ICOM) initiative to help spread the word that “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace […]

National Drawing Day

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National Drawing Day - a National Gallery of Ireland initiative to encourage drawing - is taking place on Saturday 20 May 2023. We invite you to pop into the museum, collect a clipboard, paper and pencil from reception, and be inspired!  Feel free to share your wonderful works of art on social media along with […]

Free Creative Writing Workshop

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This Creative Writing workshop will focus on the new and exciting speculative fiction genre. The first part of this workshop will present it to the attendees, reviewing some of its most famous authors such as Philip K Dick, A S Byatt, José Luis Borges and Hilary Mantel. We’ll work with two different short stories: The […]

EXHIBITION: This Is The Modern World

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LIVE MUSIC POSTERS – GALWAY CITY 1977-1982 The title of this exhibition is inspired by The Jam album of the same name. This title reflects the societal and musical changes happening in Ireland during this period. Lyrics such as ‘Septic Isle, Suffer in the Screaming sea ‘by The Boomtown Rats in their 1981 hit ‘Banana […]

OBJECT SPOTLIGHT EVENT: The Reliquary of St Ursula, 1723-2023

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The Reliquary of St Ursula was made by Galway silversmith Richard Joyce – of Claddagh Ring fame – in 1723 to hold the reputed remains of St Ursula, a fourth-century British princess who tradition relates, was martyred along with her 11,000 female followers by the Huns while on a pilgrimage to Rome.  The dome of […]

Event Series JFK in Galway

JFK in Galway

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Sixty years ago, on 29 June 1963, US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the great-grandson of Irish emigrants, was made a Freeman of Galway in Eyre Square. To mark the anniversary, on Thursday 29 June, Galway City Museum will host a screening of a new short documentary entitled JFK – The Three Miles. Directed by Pamela […]

TALK: The Galway Live Music Scene of the 1970s & 1980s 

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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Galway hosted the cream of Irish and international musical rock acts. Join Tom Prendergast, founder of Buzz Promotions and the Bar/None (an independent record label), and Padraic Boran, who as UCG Student’s Union Entertainments Officer helped to bring acts such as U2, Thin Lizzy, XTC and The Specials […]

JFK in Galway

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

Sixty years ago, on 29 June 1963, US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the great-grandson of Irish emigrants, was made a Freeman of Galway in Eyre Square. Due to popular demand, Galway City Museum will host another screening of the new short documentary entitled JFK – The Three Miles. Directed by Pamela Finn and co-funded by […]

MUSIC & DANCE PERFORMANCE: The Sound of the West

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Meadhbh O’Neill, Johnny O’Halloran, and Shane Fahy will give a 30-minute performance of traditional Irish music, song, and dance. A native of Connemara, Meadhbh O’Neill is renowned for her sean-nós dancing and holds the prestigious Oireachtas na Samhnna and Craobh na hÉireann titles; she is also an All-Ireland champion accordion player. From the musical isle […]

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