Coimbra Group Annual Conference 2013, 22nd to 24th May 2013
Accompanying Persons

Walking Tours of Galway City
Complimentary tours for Accompanying Persons led by local historian and guide, Peadar O’Dowd.  Group limited to 25 persons, first-come basis.  Tour lasts approx. 11/2 – 2 hours.  Tour departs from The Archway, NUI Galway.
• 11.00am, Thursday 23 May
• 2.30pm, Friday 24 May
• 10am, Saturday 25 May

Galway City Museum
Galway City Museum is a spacious, modern museum, situated in the heart of Galway on the banks of the River Corrib, overlooking the famous Spanish Arch. The museum houses a variety of permanent and touring exhibitions dealing with archaeology, local history, art & craft. See

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed

The Burren Centre, Kilfenora, Co. Clare
Accompanying persons may travel to Burren Centre, Kilfenora, Co. Clare as part of the Coimbra Group’s visit to the Burren, a unique ecological landscape, space permitting.  In the picturesque village of Kilfenora, The Burren Centre gives the visitor an introduction to this unspoiled corner of Ireland. See
Return transportation and admission will be provided.  Buses will depart from Bailey Allen Hall at:
1.30pm, Friday 24th
NOTE: Advancing booking with Conference Office at NUI Galway is required.

Galway Tour Company
The Galway Tour Company provides a range of day tours to local attractions and popular destinations including the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, Connemara and Clonmacnoise Monastic City.  For details of their tours see: or contact:
The Galway Tour Company
The Arch Tourist Office
High Street
T: +353 (0)91 566 566

Art Exhibition at NUI Galway
The Gallery at Áras na Macléinn, NUI Galway

Thomas Ryan PPRHA: Selected Works

Thomas Ryan, prolific Irish artist, born in Limerick in 1929, trained in the School of Art, Limerick under Richard Butcher and the National College of Art & Design, under Seán Keating and Maurice MacGonigal. 

Thomas Ryan was President of Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts from 1982 to 1992; is a Founder Member of the European Council of National Academies of Fine Art (Madrid); and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy, London and Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. His work hangs in major collections and he was the designer of one pound coin and millennium fifty pence.

The exhibition of Selected Works, selected by Thomas Ryan and the Arts & Theatre Office, NUI Galway includes two of his large historical paintings, The Flight of the Earls and, G.P.O.1916 oil on canvas and painted in the great European tradition.

These paintings hang in Dublin Castle and Leinster House and have been generously loaned by the artist and the institutions. The show also features portraits, self-portraits, still lives and landscapes, many loaned from the artist’s home for this retrospective of his career.  A particular highlight is the portrait, Seán Keating, aged 82 years.  In addition, a number of smaller watercolours will be shown from a recent project, Dublin and Thereabouts, when Thomas Ryan painted the buildings and places that took his fancy in Dublin.

Monday to Saturday 11am - 4pm daily
The Gallery at Áras na Macléinn, NUI Galway
Visitor Attractions at NUI Galway

Details of a range of visitor attractions on the university campus are provided in the Visitor Attraction booklet included in delegate packs or available from the Press & Information Office or Conference Office at NUI Galway.

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