Galway Community Circus is made up of a dedicated team committed to bringing the joy of circus to the community. We at Galway Community Circus are thankful for our many valued artists, administrators, technicians, volunteers and members. Meet a few of the people at the heart of our organisation:

Ulla Hokkanen
Circus Director

Gwen Le Guillou
Office Manager

Amélie Bal
Head of Education 


Tutors and visiting artists

We work with Irish and International circus artists and facilitators. Our current core facilitator team is, Ellie Davis (US), Lauren Trainor, Lisa O’Farrell, Davi Hora (BR), Isabela Mello (BR), Alex Allison, Stephen McGinley, Blue Hanley, Aidan Phelan, Tony Mahon, Sandra Gonzalez (ES) and Eoghan Mac Mathúna.

We regularly bring in visiting Irish and international circus artists to share their expertise and teach in our classes. This gives our members a wider knowledge of different skills, as well as an insight into new developments in circus arts. We also bring in artists from other fields such as dance, theatre, visual arts and gymnastics

We have worked in partnership with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre and Tumble Circus for a number of years. Galway Community Circus and Fidget Feet have created nine large-scale productions together: CirComics (2016), Grimm’s Circus and Once Upon a Circus (2015), Circopolis and Circopolín Children (2014), The Circus of Lir (2012-13), The Lost Circus (2011), The Attack of the Circus (2010) and Hanging Out (2008).

Board of directors

Our directors bring a range of expertise and skills to the board. Board members make a commitment of two to three years and, as well as attending the board meetings, they work on specific tasks and projects throughout the year. If you would like more information about how we work or what being a board member involves, you can email the chair, Reg Gordon, at

A heartfelt thank you to all former board members for their tremendous support over the years.

Reg Gordon

Ian MacLochlainn

Claire Carroll

Tracy Lohan

Pauline O'Reilly



Galway Community Circus was founded in 2002 by Karin Wimmer, Lisa O’Farrell and Mariosa Hume as the first youth circus in the Republic of Ireland. Karin (Clown Pipa) worked as the Project Manager from the circus’s inception until July 2009, promoting the benefits of circus training for young people and giving her energy and commitment to the project. Today we continue to serve and build on the founders’ original mission of teaching circus skills to young people. Please see our Mission for further information about the aims and objectives of our circus.


Supported by


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