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Paper Boat – A new community opera

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm

St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church

Music for Galway & Galway 2020 present

Paper Boat

in association with Irish national Opera


A new community opera for Galway, to celebrate 700 years of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church


On midsummer’s eve, a young homeless man, and a mysterious mother and a child arrive in St. Nicholas’ Church to claim sanctuary from very different threats. But an army from the past is gathering outside the doors, threatening to repeat the destruction of Galway perpetrated by Cromwell’s army centuries ago. Now the people of Galway are being asked to risk their own safety to protect the strangers who have come seeking their aid, and the leaders of the fourteen tribes must decide.

Join a professional cast of singers and musicians enhanced by children and singers of Galway and find out what the tribes decide.


Learn more about Philip Fogarty’s sound installation for Paper Boat, I CLAIM SANCTUARY


Elaine Agnew music

Jessica Traynor libretto

Conor Hanratty director

Sinead Hayes conductor

Paul Keogan set and lighting designer


Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Paper Boat will now be an online only event.

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