Galway has a long and rich heritage of theatre, drama and street festivals. Its first theatre was established in Kirwan's Lane, in the mediaeval quarter, by Richard Martin, founder of the RSPCA, and Wolfe Tone. But what might surprise you is the sheer variety of what's on offer. From the innovative street theatre and marionation of Macnas, to the cutting edge presentations of Druid, the theatre company of choice for exciting new playwrights, the cultural heritage of Galway is today expressed in remarkable ways. In fact, the dramatic culture of Galway has not only taken its place among the finest in Ireland, it's gone beyond, bringing the best of Irish drama to the world. Now, you have the opportunity to see it at home, in Galway.
The Black Box is a large venue for concerts, exhibitions, theatre, clubbing, comedy and much more in Galway. Ticket office is located in the Town Hall Theatre. The Black Box performance space is located on Dyke Road, just a short 10 minute walk from Eyre Square and the bus and rail stations.
The new Station House Theatre is located on Platform One in the original Railway Station Goods Store at the Clifden Station House. With a 200 tiered seating facility it hosts live performances from local, national and international acts and offers a range of styles including Music, Drama, Comedy & Dance. It also houses the first Digital Cinema with Dolby surround sound in the west of Ireland.
Druid is an award winning creative theater group which performs in two venues in Galway, in a converted grain warehouse and at the Town Hall Theatre. Druid was founded in 1975 in
Galway by graduates of University College Galway, Garry
Hynes, Mick Lally and Marie Mullen
and has gone on to win numerous
national and international awards for its
work, including four prestigious Tony
Awards. Whether performing work by
Irish or international playwrights, new
or established writers, the company is
known for its innovation and its actors
and crew for masterful execution.
Druid has been based in a building on
a lane off Quay Street in Galway's Latin
Quarter since 1979. The lane itself was
renamed Druid Lane in 1996 in honour
of the company's 21st birthday.
Now known as The Mick Lally
Theatre (named in memory of the iconic
Irish actor and founder member), the
intimate venue seats 90. The building
underwent extensive renovations in 2009
and as well as the performance space,
there is a large foyer and rehearsal space.
Druid generally stages its productions
in Galway a few times a year and
information on the programme is
available online or in the administration
office, around the corner on Flood Street.
Druid Theatre Company also tours
widely in Ireland and abroad so the
venue is often hired out to other
companies. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
If you are a keen artist, writer or theatre
lover, Galway Arts Centre is the perfect
A hive of activity night and day, the
centre has two buildings in the heart of
Galway. The first on Dominick Street is
a 3,000 square foot gallery exhibiting
national and international contemporary
art. The gallery also offers classes in art,
writing and photography and workshops
in drama, music and voice.
The second building is Nun's Island
Theatre, nearby in The Claddagh. It was
transformed from an old Presbyterian
church into a modem 80 seat modern
theatre. This building is home to the
Galway Youth Theatre and it also hosts
concerts, films and seminars.
If planning a visit, it's certainly worth
checking out the Galway Arts Centre
website beforehand and scheduling in
some of their classes, workshops and
performances to complement your
experience in this famously cultural city.
The gallery opens from 10am-5.30pm
Monday to Thursday, 10am-5pm Fridays
and 10am-2pm on Saturdays. Admission
Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, also referred to as An Taibhdhearc, is the national Irish language theatre of Ireland. It was founded in 1928. The building itself is built on the ruins of the city's original Augustinian friary. The rear wall incorporates a wall from this friary, including some carved stone window frames. With its location on Middle Street the Taibhdhearc is situated in the heart of the mediaeval Galway. The theatre regularly features musicals, opera and drama. Many luminaries have appeared at the Taibhdhearc, including playwright and novelist Walter Macken, poet Máirtin Ó Direáin, distinguished actress Siobhán McKenna and actor Seán McClory. Check local listings for current productions.
The Town Hall Theatre in the centre of Galway City presents a 52-week programme covering all the performance arts including theatre, concerts, musicals, opera, ballet and film. Among the major Theatre companies which have performed at the Theatre are Druid, the Abbey and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Town Hall Theatre also hosts many high profile festivals in Galways event calendar including the Galway Film Fleadh, Galway International Arts Festival shows, Cuirt International Festival of Literature and many more. The impressive Town Hall building
dates back to the 1820s and has served
as a courthouse, an actual town hall
and a cinema through the years. Visitors can treat themselves to an
array of different performances including
drama, comedy, musicals, concerts,
(classic, traditional and contemporary
alike), readings, ballets, operas, films
and more. Unsurprisingly, anyone with
an interest in the arts knows very well
that The Town Hall Theatre is a premier
venue for cultural activity in Galway and
well worth a visit.
Discover Connemara, a beautifully scenic region just north of Galway City with Lally Tours. This tour includes stops at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, Leenane Village, Killary Fjord and the village of An Spidéal overlooking Galway Bay.
Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Day Tour
The unmissable Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour with Lally Tours includes up to 2 hours at the cliffs and includes stops at the lunar-like Burren region, Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre and the charming village of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Cliffs of Moher Express Bus
A Non-Stop Express Shuttle Service to the Cliffs of Moher with Lally Tours. Experience Ireland’s natural, mysterious, 214m (702 ft) high cliffs and interactive visitor centre. You’ll have 2 full hours to explore on your own before heading back to Galway.
Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Explore Galway with one of Lally Tours' friendly guides to learn about this colourful city and see it from the best vantage point: an open top bus! You’ll see everything from medieval walls in the city centre to the sandy beaches of Salthill. Hop on and off as much as you’d like and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.