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About The Galligan College

Careena and Lorraine Galligan

The Galligan College

Established in 1976, The Galligan College of Beauty, Hair & Makeup is one of the longest established third level beauty colleges in Ireland. The College has a nationwide reputation for the quality of our courses and we deliver progressive, innovative and professional courses, with a reputation for creating the next-generation of top Irish beauty professionals.

The College was set up by Kay Galligan in 1976 and is still family owned with Directors, Careena & Lorraine Galligan, running the College.


Over the years Careena and Lorraine have worked hard to increase the standard of training in Ireland. Both have a huge amount of experience in the beauty industry with Lorraine regularly being sought out by CIDESCO to examine internationally. The College, along with our top class tutors, continuously work tirelessly to ensure that the high standards set by the College are continuously maintained.

The dedication from the college and its tutors, has built an outstanding reputation in Ireland and abroad for the high success rates achieved in each of the courses provided. 

Careena and Lorraine Galligan

The college offers a range of full-time and part-time courses accredited to a number of internationally recognised awarding bodies including CIDESCO, ITEC, CIBTAC and City & Guilds, ensuring that Galligan College graduates are among the elite and most in-demand beauty professionals in the industry.

If you are interested in doing a course get in touch to make an appointment and we can show you around!


41 Year History Featured on RTE 


Take a look inside 40 years of The Galligan College that was featured on RTE Nationwide in March 2017. Listen to the founders, Kay Galligan and her daughters Careena & Lorraine Galligan, who reflect on 40 years of being in the beauty industry and training the best of the best.

Our Lecturers

I loved every minute of my time at The Galligan beauty college. The support given to each & every student by our teachers was fantastic. Their passion, skill & knowledge in the world of beauty & well being inspired me to work as hard as I could to ensure great results.

Jo Nugent Doyle

CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Course

Studying in The Galligan College has played such a huge role in where I am in my career. The standard of training is so high it instills standards in you as a therapist before you even start working in the industry. I believe it has shaped the way I am and how I work as a therapist.


Cidesco Beauty Therapy Course

In November 2008 I graduated from the Galligan Beauty College. I completed a full 9 month course at this college leading to be certified by ITEC, CIBTAC AND CIDESCO, during my time here I found the course very interesting and the teaching staff were so professional.

Caroline Thompson

Cidesco Beauty Therapy Course

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