Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

An Taibhdhearc is the national Irish language theatre of Ireland. It was founded in 1928.

An Taibhdhearc
Address19 Middle Street
TypeIrish language
Amharclann Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, interior.
Amharclann Náisiúnta na Gaeilge - exterior.jpg

The word taibhdhearc appears as a gloss for the Latin teatrum (theatre) in an old Irish document, derived from roots meaning "dream" and "glance." The modern Irish for a theatre is amharclann.

An Taibhdhearc is situated at 19 Middle Street, within the medieval city of Galway. It is built on the ruins of the city's original Augustinian friary. The rear wall incorporates a wall from this friary, including some carved stone window frames.

The theatre is used for drama and music productions, and occasionally screens international films. The busiest period for the arts in Galway city each year is the two weeks of the annual Galway International Arts Festival


After suffering extensive smoke damage during a fire in 2007, An Taibhdhearc closed its doors for an extended period of renovation and refurbishment.[1] While the theatre was closed, An Taibhdhearc continued to produce shows in other venues around Galway city and county. The theatre was re-opened by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, at a gala event in September 2012.[2]

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  1. ^ Kernan Andrews (16 June 2011). "An Taibhdhearc could re-open next year". Galway Advertiser.
  2. ^ Niamh O'Sullivan (24 September 2012). "President Michael D Higgins to reopen An Taibhdhearc theatre". Gaelport.

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Coordinates: 53°16′26″N 9°02′54″W / 53.27389°N 9.04833°W / 53.27389; -9.04833