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Welcome

Clifden Town Hall is a social enterprise that provides a community facility for the local area.

We provide a large hall space, meeting room and cafe area for rental and event purposes. Open 7 days a week, with lots of activities such as traditional music lessons, fitness classes, hip hop, ballet, slimming world, social dancing, yoga, pilate classes, weekly bingo, drama, Irish dancing, thai chi and much more. We also host events like the Clifden Arts Festival, Darkness into Light, Summer Camps, Irish Nights, Galway 2020, Indoor Markets and plenty of other community initiatives.

If you have a community idea - we have the venue

What’s On

Here is an example of some of the events and classes in Clifden Town Hall

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Call: 095 30780 or Email: info@clifdentownhall.ie to run or book your event

Check our up to date info on Facebook: @clifdentownhall

History of Clifden Town Hall

The building of the Town Hall (known as St. Joseph’s Hall and Reading Rooms) was started in 1908 and was completed in 1910. The main energy behind the proposal was canon McAlpine Parish Priest of Clifden at that time, who organised both the construction of the house and hall which were built at the same time.

The Architect commissioned for this piece of work was R.M. Butler Esq., whose practice was based in Dublin and the builder was Thomas McWilliams. Canon McAlpine felt so passionately about the project he went to America to raise funds, returning with a considerable amount of money and American oak folding chairs that he purchased for the new hall.

The timber for the roof was made of pitch pine beams which had come in on the tide from shipwrecks off the coast of Connemara, the walls were built from sandstone and random rubble. A two-storey annex at the western end of the building was constructed with large shuttered windows some of which can still be seen on the north wall today. The main hall floor was made of maple timbers which lead into the entrance porch secured by double wooden doors and windows either side. Joe Devlin, Falls Road, Belfast an Irish Parliamentary Party officially opened the hall and reading rooms in 1910. Local workers helped to build the community venue such as Michael Keady, father of Gabriel Keady, they attended opening ceremonies separated by 100 years for the hall.

In 1971 Paul Hughes constructed a major extension to the east of the building under the direction of Fr Peter Waldron. The Town Hall remained the focus for all types of activity, providing the only public venue in the town and district.

In the 1970s the local curate managed the hall with assistance from an informal committee notably Matt & Mena Ryan and May & Eugene Sullivan who held income generating events to cover repairs and expenses.

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Canon McAlpine - Parish Priest
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Mayor Thomas Welby & Gabriel Keady
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Eileen Mannion, Aidan O'Halloran and Mena Ryan (seated)

It’s all about Community

Clifden Town was established in 1810 by John D'Arcy but its community is built by the people who lived in the area before then and continues up to those who settle in the area today.

To keep on improving and enhancing Clifden, members of the area are needed to volunteer and get involved in community groups & projects.

One such group is A.R.C. (Area Renewal Company) in Clifden who are responsible for the renovation and running of Clifden Town Hall

Contact Us

address

Clifden Town Hall, Sky Road, Clifden, Co.Galway H71 AE09

email

info@clifdentownhall.ie

Phone Number

09530780

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