Modh Eile House

New home for COPE Galway’s Domestic Abuse Service

A new home for our Domestic Abuse Service

No. 47 Forster Street was donated to COPE Galway by the Sisters of Mercy and is being redeveloped to accommodate a modern state of the art Domestic Abuse Service to meet the needs of women and children in Galway City and County and the wider western region.

Our current facility at Waterside House has been in use since the 1980s and has very limited capacity, accommodating only 6 women and 15 children in single room bedsit type accommodation. It cannot facilitate on-site cooking, or an outdoor play area for children and needs is need of modernisation and refurbishment.

There is an obvious need for a larger, fit for purpose, domestic abuse facility where women and children will have a place of safety away from the violence and abuse in their home.
In 2017, COPE Galway Domestic Abuse Service in Waterside House supported 339 women and 214 children.

With the new, larger domestic abuse refuge and service, we will be able to support more women and children who are looking for a safe refuge.

Modh Eile House

The new facility has been named “Modh Eile”, Irish for Another Way. The name was chosen by women who have experienced domestic abuse who believed it would give hope to others to find a way to rebuild their lives and create a better future for their families.

COPE Galway’s vision is that Modh Eile will provide a safe space where lives are rebuilt and women and children can be free from violence and abuse within their relationships, and supported by communities to access their rights to safety and security.

The new building will have increased capacity and facilities for accommodation and support including;

  • A refuge with 9 self-contained accommodation units with the capacity to accommodate at least 9 women and 20 children
  • A fit for purpose childcare unit with facilities and sufficient space to work with children ages 0 to 18 years
  • One to one consultation rooms, a group meeting/training room and office space for outreach services
  • Office, communal spaces and meeting rooms attached to the refuge to facilitate support work with women and children resident in the refuge

Urgent Funding Appeal

Will you help us create a safe refuge and support service for women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse?

The total cost of redeveloping the Forster Street building into Modh Eile House is €4 million.

To date, COPE Galway has received:

  • €2.34m – Capital Funding from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
  • €600,000 – Lead gift donated by an anonymous donor
  • €195,000 – donation pledged

Construction has started and will be complete in December 2019.

We need to raise €1M in 2019 to complete the project.


Modh Eile House Appeal

Help us create a safe place for women and children in Galway

For more information about the new refuge and opportunities to support the redevelopment project, contact: 

Sharon Fitzpatrick, Head of Development, COPE Galway.
Phone 091 778 750 or email

COPE Galway new Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge fundraising appeal


COPE Galway launched plans for a new Domestic Abuse Service and Refuge for the women and children of Galway. No 47 Forster Street was very kindly donated to COPE Galway by the Sisters of Mercy and is being redeveloped to accommodate a modern state of the art Domestic Abuse Service.

Remember, Respect & Record

COPE Galway Magdalen Women of Galway booklet cover

The Magdalen Women of Galway

COPE Galway respectfully remember and record the history of the Magdalen Laundry in Galway as we prepare to renovate the convent building for its new State of the Art Domestic Abuse Service.

We are very mindful of and respect the history of the Magdalen Laundries in Galway and Ireland and we are conscious that the associations with the Laundry are painful and still very much a part of people’s lives. This project to Remember, Respect and Record is our way of paying tribute to this history.

Read “The Madgelen Women of Galway Booklet”


Read the booklet launch press release for more information on the ‘Remember, Respect & Record’ booklet and the redevelopment of the convent building.