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Paper Boat: An Opera for Galway (5pm Show)

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm

10.00 – 25.00

St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church

Music for Galway and Galway 2020 present

Paper Boat: An Opera for Galway

in association with Irish National Opera


“To the people of Galway, famed for your welcome, your endurance of siege and famine, I beg for sanctuary.”


Take your place among Galway’s musical tribes for a dramatic celebration of 700 years of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, and the people who give it life.

With a libretto written by Jessica Traynor and music by Elaine Agnew, the community opera Paper Boat weaves together history, mythology and current events to tell a story of human endurance, inspired by the diverse communities who engage with the cultural and spiritual hub that is St Nicholas’. 

Join a cast of over 100 singers and musicians for the world premiere concert performance of this unmissable Galway opera.

Performance duration: c. 70 minutes

Doors open 40 minutes before the performance. 


Elaine Agnew, Composer

Jessica Traynor, Libretto

Mark Duley, Artistic Advisor/Chorus Director 

Sinead Hayes, Conductor



Gemma Ní Bhriain, Mother

Bríd Ní Ghruagáin, fFrench

Rory Dunne, Young Man

Brendan Collins, Lynch


Paper Boat Ensemble

Athenry Music School String Ensemble

Coole Music and Arts Young String Ensemble

St Patrick’s Brass Band

Athenry Youth Choir


Choristers of St Nicholas Schola Cantorum

Coole Harmonies and Guests

St. Jarlath’s College & Scoil Bhríde, Tuam


Concert tickets also give access to I Claim Sanctuary by artist Philip Fogarty, a newly commissioned site specific sound installation for St. Nicholas’,  inspired by Paper Boat.



Online ticket sales for the 5pm performance are now closed. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase at the door and there is still availability for the 8pm performance.