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Oughterard Courthouse

Oughterard, Connemara, Co. Galway

“The Courthouse” was designed by Dublin born architect William Caldbeck (c1820-1872). During his career he was renowned for designing many courthouses, churches and banks throughout Ireland. Oughterard Courthouse was built in the 1840’s and was in use as a District Court and local polling station until 2008 when Judge Mary Fahy decided she could no longer work in such poor conditions: puddles of water on the floor and no heating!

With the support of local community and assistance of LEADER funding, major restoration works were undertaken in 2012-14. We now have an attractive contemporary, open space suitable for the purpose of Cultural, Arts, performing Arts and educational purposes.

Courthouse Built
Closed due to Disrepair
Major Restoration Works
Reopens as Culture & Arts Centre

— Newly Renovated with Excellent Facilites —

75 Seated Capacity
High Quality Sound/PA System
High-Spec Audio-Visual Projection
Contemporary ``White Space``

A Vibrant Engaging Space

For Locals and Visitors

— A Space to Promote Culture, Heritage, Arts and Educational Opportunities —

Suggested Uses

Art Exhibitions

Perfect “White Space” with Hanging and Showcase Facilities

Small Group Events

Performing Arts, Public and Private Group Events

Workshops / Classes

Yoga, Mindfulness, Classes, Learning/Discussion Space

Art Exhibitions

The Courthouse is an ideal venue for Art exhibitions with its abundant natural lighting and contemporary feel- often described as a “white space”.
  • Natural Lighting & Contemporary Feel
  • Close to Galway City & Connemara
  • In the Heart of Beautiful Oughterard

James Harold, Galway City Arts officer has described it as “the best exhibition space in the west of Ireland”

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Small Group Events

The size of the courthouse (75 seated capacity) is an intimate space for a variety of events eg recitals, one man shows or talks.
  • 75 Seated Capacity
  • PA Sound System
  • Hig- Spec Audio-Visual Projection
  • WiFi

The purchase of a high quality sound system and projector have expanded the range of events that can now be held, ideal for visual presentations, tutorials, viewing of films and training workshops.

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Workshops and Classes

It is also an excellent venue for yoga or mindfulness workshops with its feeling of airy space and natural light.
  • Airy Space with Natural Light
  • PA  & Sound System
  • Audio Visual System
  • Kitchenette for Light catering
  • WiFi
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Rates & Prices

Use of Audio Visual Equipment Including PA, Interactive White Board and Projector, Flat Fee +€25

Special rates may apply to voluntary groups and Artists, please e-mail for details.

Oughterard Courthouse

An Affordable Space to Promote Culture, Heritage, Arts and Educational Opportunities
A Board of volunteer directors from the community oversees the running of the courthouse with the assistance of 3 Community Employment workers and in collaboration with Oughterard Courthouse Arts Programme (OCAP)

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    Exhibit / Teach / Perform

    In a Beautiful Space
    At the Heart of Connemara!
    Marie Mannion
    Heritage Officer for Co. Galway

    I have used Oughterard Courthouse to hold local group heritage meetings, conferences, workshops and other related events.  I have found it to be  a very suitable venue from many perspectives, such as easy of booking, excellent wifi, good acoustics, exceptionally clean, size of venue is also excellent. There is good parking facilities also and the venue has also the capacity to provide refreshments.  The Management are also very  hands on and have assisted me in every which way they can.

    James Harold
    Galway City Arts Officer

    “The best exhibition space in the west of Ireland”

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    Are you looking for an exhibition or performance space in the West of Ireland-  close to Galway city and in Connemara, located in a bustling vibrant town of Oughterard that is renowned for its beauty and its tourism?

    We are online 24/7
    +353 (0)91 557589
    The Courthouse, Fough West, Oughterard, Co. Galway