Galway Youth Orchestra Celebrates 40 Years!

Galway Youth Orchestra will give the first concert of its 40th anniversary year in the Collegiate Church of Saint Nicholas, Lombard Street, Galway on Saturday, 30 April at 7pm.

The concert will be conducted by Michael Dooley, Joanne Cater and Ingrid Nicola.

Galway Youth Orchestra is the longest established community orchestra in the West of Ireland and is also amongst the longest-running orchestras in the country.

The idea of creating an ensemble which would perform under the banner of the Galway Youth Orchestra started with a young Cork graduate, Maire Ni Dhuibhir in Spiddal and developed initially by gathering players from school orchestras in Galway City, Loughrea and Tuam. Very quickly this orchestra developed an identity of its own and since then, GYO has been shaped and developed by a number of conductors and hundreds of young players.

GYO is supported by Galway City Council and GRETB.

You can learn more about Galway Youth Orchestra on their website at