Galway Cathedral is home to two superb organs which play different roles both in the liturgy and in concert performances.
The Gallery Organ
The Gallery Organ was originally built in 1966 by the Liverpool firm of Rushworth & Dreaper. Between 2006 and 2007, it was rebuilt by Irish organ-builder Trevor Crowe, making it one of the finest instruments in the country.
The organ has three manuals and pedals, and 59 speaking stops. It is located on the north wall of the Cathedral, directly above the choir gallery, with portions housed also in chambers within the Cathedral's two towers.
More information and photographs are available on the Irish Pipe Organ Website.
Rushworth & Dreaper (Liverpool), 1966
Trevor Crowe (Donadea, Co. Kildare), 2007
Double diapason 16
Swell to Great
Swell to Positive
Swell to Pedal
Manual compass: 61 notes
Pedal compass: 32 notes
16 general combinations, with 96 levels of memory
8 combinations to each division, with 16 levels of memory
Sequencer with 999 memory slots
The Choir Organ
In 2006 the Cathedral acquired a moveable one-manual instrument with four registers. This organ resides normally in one of the side-chapels, where its primary use is in smaller-scale liturgies held in these chapels; however, it can be moved anywhere on the the floor of the Cathedral, and is capable of accompanying a good-sized congregation. It is also used in a continuo role in concerts. More information and photographs are available on the Irish Pipe Organ Website.
Trevor Crowe, 2006
Stopped Diapason 8
Manual compass: 56 notes
Key- and stop-action: mechanical