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Jun 20 2024

The Town Hall, A Brief History By Tom Kenny

, and first published in ‘Old Galway’ in the Galway Advertiser Thurs 20 June 2024

In 1639, the Corporation ordered that some of the shops and buildings adjacent to the market be pulled down and “all the same be reduced into a strong sufficient stone house, covered with slate and to be underpropped with good stone pillars, whereby way through it shall be to the said church”. The proposed building was to be opposite the present Anthony Ryan’s shop and was to be a Tholsel or premises for the town clerk, for the Corporation records and for meetings of the Common Council.

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Jun 13 2024

Sizzling Hot Line Up for Town Hall Theatres summer season

 July September 2024 Available Now

Beckett, Friel, Murphy, and O’Rowe works top the bill in a busy lineup for July, August and September

Comedian, actor, author and presenter Graham Norton, actress extraordinaire Marie Mullen and mentalist and magician Keith Barry are just some of the big names of the Irish theatre and entertainment world featured in the Town Hall’s Summer/Autumn lineup.

You’ll find information about the Summer/Autumn programme – including details of Galway Film Fleadh 9-14 July and Galway International Arts Festival 15-28 July events - published in the new brochure, available to download now.

Tickets for all Town Hall and Black Box performances, screenings, and events in the July to September period are now on sale.

Theatre highlights in July include Druid Theatre Company with their production of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame directed by Garry Hynes and starring Marie Mullen, and the Landmark/Galway International Arts Festival world premiere of Mark O Rowe’s play Reunion featuring a roll call of Ireland’s finest actors including Cathy Belton, Catherine Walker, and Robert Sheehan. And in September, Druid returns to present a brand-new production of The House by Tom Murphy directed by Garry Hynes and Decadent bring us their much-anticipated production of the Brian Friel classic Molly Sweeney, directed by Andrew Flynn.

July kicks off with the 36th Galway Film Fleadh featuring the very best of new Irish cinema (with 100+ screenings including the Fleadh’s critically acclaimed opening film Kneecap) alongside award-winning films from around the world.

The Town Hall Summer/Autumn schedule features fantastic musicals from each of Twin Productions (with Disney’s Beauty and The Beast for all the family), and the Morgan Brothers (world premiere of For The Lack of Laura by Kurt Rosenberg). An eclectic music programme includes a special anniversary performance of the acclaimed Bird On The Wire featuring the songs of Leonard Cohen and flamenco sounds and dance from Daniel Martinez. Very special book, spoken word and podcast events from Graham Norton, David Mc Williams and Niall Bressie Breslin and comedy from Serena Terry, Kyla Cobbler, and Garron Noone add further excitement – and craic - to the lineup, with eclectic film events presented by Little Cinema/Galway City of Film and Architecture on the Edge Festival making this season one to remember.


May 23 2024

Jack L keeps it fresh through reinvention!

Crooner, raconteur, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Jack Lukeman has had many musical lives and reinventions – and he shows no sign of slowing down with that musical diversification…because it keeps it interesting, he says. The Kildare native first came to prominence back in the nineties as the face of Jack L and the Black Romantics, whose sole album Wax revolved around unique interpretations of the music of Jacques Brel.

He went on to record a host of solo LPs, including the multi-platinum award-winning Metropolis Blue in 1999. Most recently, Jack released an eleven-track solo record Echo On and featured on Trevor Horn’s Echoes – a covers album littered with orchestral takes of iconic rock tracks.

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Apr 19 2024

Lasta youth arts festival in Galway

The Town Hall Theatre in Galway city will be one of seven venues across Ireland to host the third Lasta National Arts Festival, a festival of events programmed for young people by young people, taking place between June 1 and 12.

Galway's highlight events for Lasta 2024 include DJ Shampain who will bring the Irish silent cinema classic Irish Destiny back to life with a new soundtrack mixed live as the film is screened; pioneering Irish theatre company Brokentalkers with their critically acclaimed production Masterclass.