• Ireland's fastest growing city
  • Top micro European city of the future (fDi Magazine, 2014/2015)
  • Second micro European city of the future (fDi Magazine, 2016/2017)
  • The friendliest city in the world (Travel + Leisure, 2015)
  • Home to many ICT multinationals and high-growth startups
  • One of five global hubs in the medtech sector
  • 9 out of the top 10 medtech companies are on its doorstep
  • "Silicon Square": PorterShed, startlab, SuperPixel Labs tech hubs near Eyre Square

Innovation Districts

"Innovation districts constitute the ultimate mash up of entrepreneurs and educational institutions, start-ups and schools, mixed-use development and medical innovations, bike-sharing and bankable investments — all connected by transit, powered by clean energy, wired for digital technology, and fueled by caffeine."

The Rise of the Innovation Districts, Bruce Katz and Julie Wagner, Brookings Institution.

Galway City Innovation District (GCID)

An overview of this proposed innovation cluster in Galway's inner city.


The Innovation District is to be nestled between Galway's transportation gateways: adjacent to the train (Ceannt) and coach stations, and abutting historic Galway Harbour.


We have started with the PorterShed, a downtown innovation hub that houses high-potential startups, entrepreneurs, a coworking space, and an open events area for workshops/talks.


We opened the PorterShed in May 2016, with the aim of showing how well this can work and to make the case for expansion into neighbouring buildings and spaces.


The Innovation District is being led by a group of locally-based entrepreneurs and executives.

John Breslin
NUI Galway

Niamh Costello
Galway Technology Centre

Dave Cunningham

Conor O'Dowd
Port of Galway

Maurice O'Gorman
Galway Chamber of Commerce

Mary Rodgers
The PorterShed


The Innovation District would like to acknowledge the following sponsors and partners.

PorterShed Title Sponsor

Supported by the Community Enterprise Initiative

Platinum Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor


Find out more about the Galway City Innovation District (GCID) as it evolves.