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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!

*FULLY BOOKED* Illustrated Talk: Paisley and Galway Shawls

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Many tourists, writers, artists, and photographers who visited Galway in the late 1800s and early 1900s were struck by the shawls worn by the women of Galway and the West. Though they were widely worn across Ireland, they became synonymous with Galway – a connection no doubt reinforced by the popular folk song – but […]

READINGS: Inspired by Objects

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Over five Wednesdays in May, as part of the Bealtaine Festival of creativity as we age, Galway poet and writing facilitator Gerry Hanberry guided and encouraged a group of enthusiastic writers – some complete beginners, others already published – as they responded to Museum objects, including the Claddagh Ring and the statue of Pádraic Ó […]

LAUNCH: New Science on Screen Animations

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Ardán, CÚRAM, the SFI research Centre for Medical Devices and National Talent Academy for Animation are delighted to launch the latest round of four animations created for the Science on Screen scheme, which aims to facilitate, promote and increase the inclusion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) content in Irish film and TV production. […]

GUIDED TOUR: Museum Highlights Tour

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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

GUIDED TOUR: Museum for Families

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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 […]

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Women of the Thar Desert with photographer Karen Cox

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During the Galway International Arts Festival 2024, Galway City Museum will host Women of the Thar Desert by award-winning photographer Karen Cox, an exhibition that documents the lives of the women and girls of the Thar Desert in northwest India. Join Karen as she shares stories and images from her time in India. In September […]

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Old Irish Customs of Lughnasa

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The ancient festival of Lughnasa was of great importance to our farming ancestors as it marked the start of the harvest season. This illustrated talk will discuss its significance as well as some of the old rituals and superstitions associated with the festival. Dr Marion McGarry is a lecturer at Atlantic Technological University, Galway and is […]

LECTURES: Surrounded By Stone

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Surrounded by Stone is a new exhibition that features the story of the iconic stone monuments that mark Galway as a place of rich artistic and architectural vision and traditions from 1100 BC to 1750 AD. It explores the striking design and craft sensibility that saw a range of remarkable buildings – from the stone […]

WORKSHOP: Clothes Mending (Beginners) – Loved Clothes Last

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Love your clothes and want them to last for longer? Join Eimear Greaney (www.upsew.ie) as she demonstrates how to do simple repairs, from threading a needle to darning denim. In the workshop, attendees will sew buttons, fix seams, mend rips, and sew zips. Kindly supported by Galway City Council, this workshop is free of charge, […]

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Tairdelbach Ua Conchobair – the founder of Gaelic Galway

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Galway was founded 900 years ago this year, when – in 1124 – Tairdelbach Ua Conchobair (Turlough O'Conor, 1088–1156), king of Connacht and high-king of Ireland, commanded the construction of a stronghold at the mouth of the Galway River (today, the River Corrib) on the southern edge of his Connacht kingdom. Described in the annals […]

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