Amach! and
Teach solais


AMACH! LGBT Galway aims to reflect equally the diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by encouraging positive participation from the community. We actively advocate to achieve a solid and safe support structure for the LGBT+ community in Galway. We aim to provide awareness, educational and training events and workshops, and endeavour to support and promote a socially inclusive society.



AMACH! LGBTI+ Galway's vision is to see an Ireland where LGBTI+ people are equal, safe and supported as valued members of society.

AMACH! LGBTI+ Galway’s mission is to achieve our vision through advocacy, providing supports and services and delivery of education, training and health programmes, for the benefit of the LGBTI+ community.



AMACH! LGBT Galway CLG. was launched by Senator David Norris on Monday 5th July 2010 in the City Museum, Spanish Arch, Galway. This auspicious day and important milestone in the history of Galway’s LGBT community was attended by guests including Galway County Mayor Jimmy McClearn, Chris Robson, Founder and Board Member of GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network), Michael D. Higgins T.D. and local councillors. In addition a large number of people from the local and national LGBT community attended the launch along with family, friends and supporters.


A community meeting held in July 2009 was attended by over 300 people from the gay community in Galway. The formation of a company limited by guarantee was identified as the best way to create a sound structure for the community. AMACH! LGBT Galway was set up following a further community meeting in November 2009. At that meeting 12 people expressed an interest in becoming directors of a new umbrella company for the Galway LGBT community.

Since our first meeting on December 12th 2009 the group has met every 2 weeks. Work on documentation & formalities required for registration as a company, including constitution and ground rules, have been developed, facilitated by West Training & Development. AMACH! LGBT Galway CLG. was registered as a company on March 19th, there are 10 people on the Board of Directors, and three sub-groups have been set up: Pride, Finance and PR.

AMACH! was registered as a company limited by guarantee with no share capital in March 2010.

AMACH! operates as a non-profit organisation.

AMACH! is not affiliated to, nor does it campaign on behalf of any political party, group or campaign.

As an organisation that was formed from the community, by the community and is a part of the community, we rely on the support, commitment and contribution of the LGBT community in Galway. Your feedback is appreciated, welcome and NEEDED!


Cameron Keighron (Chairperson)

(They/Them) is the current Chairperson of the AMACH! LGBT+ Galway Board. Cameron has been involved in LGBT+ activism for the best part of a decade with a heavy focus on developing services and resources in the West of Ireland. You can contact Cameron on cameron@amachlgbt.com.

Maria Molloy (Vice-Chairperson)

Maria Molloy is currently Vice-Chairperson of the AMACH! LGBT+ Galway Board.  As well as a background in science and management, Maria holds a Certificate in Family and Community Studies, NUI Galway.  She is also a board member of Sexual Health West (formally AIDS West). Maria has volunteered for several charities over the years including Oxfam, Amnesty International, Samaritans, Simon community (London) and she was a founding member of the Ecology society in GMIT.

Alex O' Meara (Secretary)

Alex is currently working in HR and studying for an MA in Film Studies, with a focus on gender. He became inspired to join the board upon learning of all the essential services AMACH! LGBT+ Galway provides to the LGBT+ community.


Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre is a hub of activity located at our new office in 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, hosting a wide variety of events open to the public.


Welcome to Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre, the first of its kind in the West of Ireland! If you fancy a cuppa and a chat why not pop in to our drop in on Saturdays? We would love to see you.


Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre is located at 1 Courthouse Square, Galway. This City Centre location is a hub of activity, hosting a wide variety of events open to the public. It is a focal point for delivery of education, training and health programmes in addition to support for individuals identifying as LGBT+ and for those who are 'coming out’.

Activities and support groups currently taking place are: Saturday LGBT+ Drop-in, Free Rapid HIV Testing with Sexual Health West, shOUT! LGBT+ Youth Group 18-25yrs, Anseo & Aiteach (Irish Language LGBT+ group), Queer & Crafty (Arts & Crafts Group), Queer Games Night, Silver Rainbows (for older LGBT+ people), and Parents Support Group (for parents/guardians of LGBT+ young people). Find all our upcoming events/groups/programmes on the 'Events' page.
We also run other activities such as health and wellbeing programmes - keep an eye on our social media to keep up to date!

Saturday drop-in is from 2-4pm every Saturday. It’s a great place to chill, bring your friends, meet new friends, have a cup of coffee/ tea and a snack! It currently runs in-person every second week at Westside Resource Centre and online on Zoom every other week. See upcoming drop-in sessions on our 'Events' page.