Galway Community Circus is a company limited by guarantee (CLG) and a registered charity (20064747) governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.

We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

Galway Community Circus Governance Code  - available to view here

Galway Community Circus Constitution  - available to view here

We are committed to comply with the charity SORP and the principles of good fundraising.

Senior staff salaries are as follows: Band: €40,000-€50,000 Number of employees: 1 Band: €30,000-€40,000 Number of employees: 1

The organisation keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. We comply with the Arts Council’s recommended guidelines for financial reporting. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with the most recent statements available here:

Audited Accounts

Audited Accounts 2018  view 2018 accounts here

Audited Accounts 2017 view 2017 accounts here.

Audited Accounts 2016 view 2016 accounts here.

Audited Accounts 2015 view 2015 accounts here

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2016 view 2016 annual report here.

Annual Report 2017  view 2017 annual report here.

Annual Report 2018

Galway Community Circus Board of Directors

Reg Gordon (Chair): Appointed to the Board in 2015 - Reg works as a developer for a leading eCommerce platform. Prior to this he was a professional photographer for 15 years. He has been a member off the board for 4 years and has been the Chair for the last 12 months. He was brought to the circus by his 3 kids who have all spent large parts of their childhood climbing, jumping, spinning and laughing in GCC.

Pauline O’Reilly: Appointed to the Board in 2017 -  Pauline worked as a solicitor in Galway before becoming a carer. She is chair of a school board and serves on committees of various national organisations. She was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is a spokesperson for children and youth affairs.

Tracy Lohan: Appointed to the Board in 2017 -  Tracey is a youth worker by profession for the last 11 years working with young people from various backgrounds and providing a supportive and empowering youth led environment for young people in their own communities. Through her work she first experienced the circus and ever since has been supporting young people to engage with the circus, as well as engaging in aerial training with the adult groups. Tracey sits on the welfare committee of the Board and uses her skills and knowledge in the area of youth and community work to advise and inform the areas of child protection and welfare in the circus as well as supporting the further development of socially inclusive practices at GCC. She hopes to create a space for young people on the eastside of Galway City to engage in circus arts.

Cathy Coote: Appointed to the Board in 2018 - Cathy has worked in senior communications and fundraising roles for major Australian charities and environment organisations for more than 15 years, including the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Wilderness Society and Environmental Justice Australia. Now working as an independent consultant, she sits on the boards of multiple Galway not-for-profit organisations. As a 2014 Progress Australia Fellow, she was selected to study advocacy alongside change makers from all over the progressive sector in Australia. She is passionate about the environment and sustainability but also believes in the power of the arts to create a better world for all. 

John Jordan: Appointed to the Board in 2018 - John has over 40 years’ experience as an accounting professional with responsibility at senior management positions in both indigenous enterprises and multinational companies. With a core background in management accounting and budgeting, he has been a member of executive management teams and worked as both director and company secretary in a number of Irish and UK enterprises. Recognised for technical acumen in improving financial processes and controls, John can bring this experience to assist the Galway Community Circus to meet the challenges ahead. He has been a mentor for new businesses, set business set-ups on a voluntary basis and is involved in managing and coaching juvenile hurling and football teams in the local community. 

Niall Doyle: Appointed to the Board in 2018 - Niall is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a MBA from NUI Galway. He is an experienced business and finance professional with over 25 years work experience in senior roles with leading multinational companies within the pharmaceutical ,software and telecommunications industries in Ireland, the UK and Germany.

Maeve Mulrennan: Appointed to the Board in 2019 - Maeve is a curator and writer based in Galway. She is the head of Visual Art and Education in the Galway Arts Centre, where she has worked since 2006. Presently Maeve is also working with EVA International Arts Festival and Dublin City Council Culture Company. Maeve is also the Co-curator of the Youth Programme for Cuirt International Literature Festival. Maeve has previously served on the Board of Tulca Festival of Visual Art where she held the title of chairperson. Maeve is also a short story writer, with fiction published in several online journals- The Doire Press 2013 Anthology, The Honest Ulsterman , for whom she also interviews writers and The Galway Review. Maeve won the 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of the year Competition.  She holds an MA in Visual Art Practices (curating) from IADT Dun Laoghaire, H.Dip in Arts Administration from NUI Galway, BA (Hons) in fine art painting from Limerick school of Art and Design and a BA (Hons) in English Literature from NUI Galway. 


Galway Community Circus Policies and Procedures 2018 - available to view soon.

The welfare of all children and young people attending our classes and events is paramount. Our aim is to ensure that all participants and audience members enjoy their experience with us and are safe from harm at all times. All tutors, staff, artists and volunteers attend training and are brought through our Child Protection Policy.

Child Safeguarding Statement available to view here.

Child Protection Policy available to view here.

Health and Safety Policy available to view here

Please direct queries about Galway Community Circus policies and procedures to Ulla Hokkanen, Executive Creative Director and Amelie Bal, Head of Education (Child Protection Officers) via or 085 1117224.



Supported by


C/o St Joseph's Community Centre,
Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway
+353 85 111 7224
Charity number 17420
Company registration number 453185