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01 Dec

GCI Student Pub Night

Enjoy an evening out with your GCI classmates!

01 Dec

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GCI Student Pub Night

GCI Student Pub Night

5:18p.m. 1st December 2022

A true part of the Irish Experience is visiting an Irish Pub! With a different pub every week - you'll learn for yourself why they are famous all over the world! Live music, a cosy atmosphere and good company are but a few of the good reasons to join this activity - your GCI teacher will be there to accompany you! This activity is the perfect way to meet new schoolmates, experience the social side of Galway city life and maybe even try a pint of the 'black stuff'!! - Over 18s only.

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02 Dec

Trip to the Christmas Market

Let's go to the Christmas Market

02 Dec

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Trip to the Christmas Market

Trip to the Christmas Market

12:12p.m. 2nd December 2022

Let's have fun with your fellow students and get into the Chritmas Spirit.For Christmas 2022 the City of the Tribes will be sparkling with the magnificent Galway Christmas Market from 6pm on Friday 11th November until Thursday 22nd December and there are more than 50 wooden chalets located Eyre Square along with the Big Wheel, Carousel, Santa’s Grotto, the German Bier Keller along with numerous other theatrical delights throughout the four week fair.

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03 Dec

Weekend Trips - Cliffs of Moher

At the weekends, we explore!

03 Dec

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Weekend Trips - Cliffs of Moher

Weekend Trips - Cliffs of Moher

12:11p.m. 3rd December 2022

Explore one of the most popular sights on Ireland's west coast on a professionally-guided tour. Experience the rugged coastline and beautiful landscapes that make the Burren region so unique! GCI students can buy their tickets directly here at the school during lunch time. All tours are provided by our partners Lally Tours and are available every weekend!

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04 Dec

Aran Islands Day Trip

Explore the famous Aran Islands

04 Dec

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Aran Islands Day Trip

10:24a.m. 4th December 2022

Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are 3 rocky isles guarding the mouth of Galway Bay, in the west of Ireland. They’re known for their ancient sites. A true Irish experience awaits, locals speak Irish as well as English in a setting of Celtic churches of historical significance including World Heritage site Dun Aonghasa which is set on dramatic 300 ft cliff edge.

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05 Dec

GCI Walking Tour

Enjoy the sights on this GCI Walking Tour

05 Dec

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GCI Walking Tour

GCI Walking Tour

12:12p.m. 5th December 2022

Here at Galway Cultural Institute, we offer a different walking tour each week of the month! These tours explore Galway's history; architecture; waterways and even famous visitors to Galway! This is an excellent way to learn more about your new home! Accompanied by a GCI English teacher, you will be able to ask any extra questions you want & find out more about things that interest you. All new arrivals are encouraged to take a GCI walking tour in their first week as it provides a comprehensive orientation of your new home - Galway!

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06 Dec

Conversation Club

Practise speaking with new GCI friends

06 Dec

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Conversation Club

3:15p.m. 6th December 2022

The art of conversation is a necessary skill for almost everything in life. The GCI Conversation Club provides a weekly opportunity to get better at precisely that. Conversations introduce you to new people, helping to build your new social circle in Galway.

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07 Dec

Christmas Decorations

Enjoy making some Christmas Arts and Crafts

07 Dec

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Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

12:12p.m. 7th December 2022

Join us for our annual Chriistmas arts and crafts workshop where you can make some decorations and Christmas cards for your family and friends

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11 Dec

Weekend Trips - Connemara

At the weekends, we explore!

11 Dec

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Weekend Trips - Connemara

Weekend Trips - Connemara

4:53p.m. 11th December 2022

Explore the heart of Connemara- Ireland's most untouched, rugged landscape with its majestic mountains, golden beaches, breathtaking valleys and expansive lakes. Along the way you'll learn more about Irish Culture, history that shaped the region and a few tales of the local residents. Our tours are provided by our partners Lally Tours and are available every weekend! You can buy your tickets here at GCI.

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12 Dec

GCI Christmas Walking Tour

Enjoy the Christmas Lights

12 Dec

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GCI Christmas Walking Tour

GCI Christmas Walking Tour

12:12p.m. 12th December 2022

Here at Galway Cultural Institute, we offer a different walking tour each week of the month! These tours explore Galway's history; architecture; waterways and even famous visitors to Galway! This is an excellent way to learn more about your new home! Accompanied by a GCI English teacher, you will be able to ask any extra questions you want & find out more about things that interest you. All new arrivals are encouraged to take a GCI walking tour in their first week as it provides a comprehensive orientation of your new home - Galway!

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14 Dec

Gingerbread House Building

Have fun making a Gingerbread House

14 Dec

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Gingerbread House Building

Gingerbread House Building

12:12p.m. 14th December 2022

Come join us for a fun workhop where we will build some yummy gingerbread house. A tasty treat for this festive time of year!!!

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15 Dec

GCI Christmas Party

GCI Christmas Party

15 Dec

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GCI Christmas Party

GCI Christmas Party

12:12p.m. 15th December 2022

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16 Dec

End of Year Quiz

Practise answering questions with new GCI friends

16 Dec

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End of Year Quiz

3:15p.m. 16th December 2022

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23 Dec

Rugby Match

C'mon Connacht

23 Dec

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Rugby Match

Rugby Match

12:11p.m. 23rd December 2022

Why don't you check out some rugby while you're here and cheer out the local time as you try to figure out what it is happen on the pitch.

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25 Dec

Christmas Swim for Charity

Fancy a swim

25 Dec

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Christmas Swim for Charity

3:15p.m. 25th December 2022

Why not be brave and join the locals in the Christmas swim. Started in 1989, The COPE Galway Christmas Day swim celebrates it’s 33rd year in 2022. The event is held annually and people are invited to gather at Blackrock Tower in Salthill on Christmas morning for this festive swim event in support of Cope. If you don't fancy a dip then you can volunteer to collect money or donate to one of the charities.

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28 Dec

Weekend Trips - Cliffs of Moher

At the weekends, we explore!

28 Dec

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Weekend Trips - Cliffs of Moher

Weekend Trips - Cliffs of Moher

12:11p.m. 28th December 2022

Explore one of the most popular sights on Ireland's west coast on a professionally-guided tour. Experience the rugged coastline and beautiful landscapes that make the Burren region so unique! GCI students can buy their tickets directly here at the school during lunch time. All tours are provided by our partners Lally Tours and are available every weekend!

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29 Dec

Ice-Skating

Let's go Ice-Skating

29 Dec

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Ice-Skating

3:15p.m. 29th December 2022

Prepare to lace up your skates and join in the most exciting feature of the Galway winter events calendar. It is hoped Galway Skates will be back this Christmas and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The ice rink is expected be open to the public from 19th November 2022 – 07 January 2023.

Social Activity Programme 

GCI offers a weekly activity social programme with many options to choose from. The activity programme is designed monthly, and some highlights may include cultural events across the city and county, practical workshops on various themes and topics from grammar clinics to CV preparation and Irish culture, volunteer opportunities or weekend trips to famous landscapes across Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. The social activity programme enables students to enhance their learning experiences by practicing their English skills in the real world and getting to know other English students outside of the classroom.

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Since 1989, Galway Cultural Institute has provided English language programmes to students from all over the world - in fact, we have welcomed people from more than 30 countries.

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