Richard Murphy Architects
Responsive Menu

National University of Ireland, Galway. O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance

National University of Ireland, Galway. O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance

A collaboration with Taylor Architects of Castlebar. This projects orginates from the University’s growing ambition to provide teaching and facilities for music & drama and represents an ambitious proposal to give the department performance, rehearsal, seminar, workshop and administrative space. 

The project proposes to create the centre within historic Victorian industrial buildings in the heart of the Galway campus.

The internal planning of the building has been arranged so that the geography of the space is instantly grasped whichever of three entrances is used. The main facility, being the 125 seat auditorium sits as a “building inside a building” and takes for the form of a two storey high drum. The foyer space wraps around this. Workshop and toilets are designed to be used by both the new school and the existing adjacent Bank of Ireland Theatre. There is a small bar in the new foyer. Externally, the entire (local) stone structure is to be upgraded where necessary. A small area of terracing is formed outside to allow the bar to expand, particularly in the summer.

Planning consent was achieved in May 2014.

The project was completed in early 2017 and is the winner of the RIAI Public Choice Award 2017.



Other Details


Architects Richard Murphy, Taylor Architects 
From Richard Murphy Architects Richard Murphy, Gareth Jones, John Lyons
Structural Engineers Arup
Quantity Surveyor Lawlor Burns & Associates
Contractor Purcell Construction
Client NUIG

2017 RIAI Public Choice Award
2017 RIAI Award

  • 30 June 2017Votes are in for Ireland's Favourite BuidlingIrish Central
  • 27 June 2017Galway Theatre voted Ireland's Favourite BuidlingThe Stage
  • 24 June 2017Galway project voted Ireland’s favourite building at RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2017RIAI Newsletter
  • 24 June 2017NUIG New Theatre wins Architecture Award - The O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway, has won the Public Choice Award at the Irish Architecture Awards 2017Galway Independent
  • 24 June 2017Top Architectural Award Sheds its Image - Project wins Public Choice Award at the annual RIAI Irish Architecture AwardsThe Irish Examiner
  • 23 June 2017Drama centre at NUIG is Ireland’s favourite new buildingThe Irish Times
15 Old Fishmarket Close, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1RW | Tel 0131 220 6125 |