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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!

TALK & STORYTELLING: Old Irish May Customs

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Celebrated on 1 May, Bealtaine was one of the four great festivals of the Celtic year. An important day in the rural calendar, it marked the beginning of summer and the movement of cattle from lowland winter pasture to higher ground. It was also believed to be a time when the door to the otherworld […]

WRITING WORKSHOPS: Inspired by Objects

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Galway City Museum houses a wealth of treasures, ranging from the medieval relic of St Ursula to the earliest known Claddagh ring, each of which has its own fascinating life story. This Bealtaine Festival, the Museum invites people to attend a 5-week writing workshop led by award-winning poet and creative-writing facilitator Gerry Hanberry. Each week, […]

ILLUSTRATED TALK: Biodiversity at Merlin Park Woods

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Biodiversity at Merlin Park Woods, a collection of over 20 wildlife photographs by Colin Stanley, is the feature external exhibition at Galway City Museum this spring. It features a rich collection of the flora and fauna of Merlin Park Woods. Over the last decade, wildlife photographer and local environmentalist, Colin has produced a large catalogue […]

SEMINAR: Military Courts of Inquiry in Galway, 1920–21. Lessons for Today

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During the War of Independence, under the Restoration of Order in Ireland Act of 1920, Coroner’s Inquests were largely abolished and replaced by Military Courts of Inquiry. The presiding officers did not have to have a medical or legal qualification. They were all military personnel. The rules of evidence were relaxed and the public and press […]

LIVING HISTORY DEMO: Traditional Wool-Spinning and Weaving in Ireland

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Humans have been spinning fibre into yarn and weaving yarn into cloth not just for centuries but for millennia. The cloth was made into clothing, bedding, tents and other such items, which were essential for the survival and comfort of humans. Without spinning and weaving, their world would have been a cold and comfortless place. […]

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