Galway Cathedral

Address: Galway City

The Cathedral of Galway was dedicated on 15 August 1965, and as such is the youngest of Europe’s great stone cathedrals. It is dedicated to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas. Galway Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galway,

Kilmacduagh &  Kilfenora. The word “cathedral” is derived from the Greek “kathedra”, meaning a seat; and indeed this seat is to be found within the sanctuary of the cathedral.

Galway cathedral recitals is one of Ireland’s premier summer concert series. Running over six Thursdays in July and August each year, it attracts performers from all over Europe as well as Asia and the USA. An evening of sublime music in the inspiring surroundings of Galway’s stone cathedral is an experience not to be missed.

Opening Times

The cathedral is usually open from 08:30 until 18:30 – these times are approximate. On certain days, such as Christmas day, the cathedral may close earlier.


30 minutes approximately.


The entrance to the cathedral is free of charge but donations are welcome.