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Galway Community Circus

Partner member

Founded in 2002 // FEDEC member since 2023

Galway Community Circus is Ireland’s flagship for youth and social circus, located in the heart of Galway City.

Our mission is to foster the growth of youth circus in Ireland and internationally through our dynamic community circus school. Our vision is a future in which play, care and creativity are nurtured through circus education accessible to every child in Ireland.

We provide access to high-quality subsidised circus arts participation through our circus school offering youth and adult programmes for over 500 weekly students as well as professional training for circus educators and community programmes in partnership with those who have specific social or developmental needs. We provide artist supports, training and mentoring and lead the development of youth circus in Ireland through our academic, national and international partnerships.

  • © Liam Carroll
  • © Anita Murphy - GCC

Missions & Activities

We foster the growth of youth circus in Ireland and internationally through our dynamic circus school:

  • Youth Circus - membership-based circus arts education programme for children and young people ages 5-24,
  • Adult Circus - recreational classes in aerial and acrobatics,
  • Toddler and Family Circus - classes for toddlers 1-4 years with their adults and families,
  • Community programmes in partnership with community groups for those who have specific social or developmental needs,
  • Professional training space and training courses for circus artists and educators,
  • Artform development programmes to develop and professionalise circus education with academic, national and international partners.


We are members of the Caravan International Youth and Social Circus Network, the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network and of Circus Works UK.

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  • Executive Creative Director: Ulla Hokkanen

  • Head of Projects and Development: Becca Clayton

  • Head of Circus School: Brady Hughes

  • Head of Finance and Governance: Ciarán Brady

  • Communications: Alex Stewart

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St Joseph’s Community Centre
Ashe Road, Shantalla
Galway, H91 A4VW


+353 85 111 7224