Welcome to our Summer edition of the Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust newsletter. As the summer season reaches full swing we look forward to welcoming visitors to Galway on our regular walking tours of historic Galway as well as planning our extensive Heritage Week 2017 programme. We also look back at another successful annual Transition Year competition and a heritage related fundraiser which we organised on behalf of local homeless charity, Galway Simon.
Galway Historic Walks
The Trust's regular medieval walks of Galway are now in full swing for the summer season. This free tour of our city’s medieval highlights in the company of our experienced guides leaves from the Hall of the Red Earl twice weekly. So, if you have any visitors, or would like to brush up on your own history of the City of the Tribes come on down to the Hall any Tuesday or Thursday at 2pm up until the end of September. Our guides also continue to welcome to vast numbers of visitors to the City of the Tribes to the Hall of the Red Earl and the Fisheries Watchtower Museum both of which are also free of charge.
'Capturing Galway's Heritage' Transition Year Competition' 2017 Result
Now in its ninth year, the winners of this year’s Dúchas na Gaillimhe – Galway Civic ‘Capturing Galway’s Heritage’ Transition Year Competition was Clarin College, Athenry. This competition encourages our younger generation to explore their local heritage and this year schools were asked to examine the experiences of past pupils and relatives who now make up Galway’s worldwide diaspora. All entries were displayed in GMIT who also kindly hosted the awards ceremony. All school's finding will now feed into the Galway Tribal Diaspora Project which is being conducted by the Trust (www.galwaytribe.com). The standard was once again high with the winners looking at a number of locals who are now scattered across the globe. Congrats and well done to the Transition Year Students of Clarin College who are pictured below with the ‘Fisheries Watchtower Sculpture Perpetual Award’.
The Trust was delighted to be involved with a recent heritage themed raised which raised over €1,000 for Galway Simon Community. The event involved a walk of Galway’s medieval sites followed by a sumptuous banquet in the historic surrounds of the King’s Head. The initiative was a collaboration between the Trust, Galway Early Music, Cláoimh Living History Group and the King’s Head all of whom gave their services for free in the battle to combat homelessness in our city.
Heritage Week 2017 Priority Booking Offer
Planning for Heritage Week 2017 is now underway and as always Dúchas na Gaillimhe – Galway Civic Trust will be hosting one of the most extensive programmes throughout the country. As in previous years we have teamed up with a number of local groups and organisations to open up some of Galway’s ‘hidden heritage’ gems to the public. Other highlights include a talk by local historian, Tom Kenny on the history of Galway’s iconic public houses, a traditional music and dance session on the streets of Galway and a cycle tour of Galway’s heritage sites. Our programme booklet will shortly be available from our office but in the meantime we are delighted to offer you, as a subscriber to our newsletter, priority booking to any of our events which can be viewed at www.heritageweek.ie You can call us direct at 091-564946 to make your booking.
With our two major visitor attractions, The Hall of the Red Earl and The Fisheries Watchtower Museum at full tilt for the summer season the Trust is seeking to recruit volunteers who might like to give a few hours to welcoming visitors to these iconic Galway sites. Full training will be given and a basic knowledge of Galway’s heritage along with a pleasant disposition is all that is required! Contact Development Officer, Michael Quinn on 091- 564946 for further details.
Welcome to our first quarterly newsletter of 2017, a year in which Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust reaches a milestone birthday of 25! Since our inception, the Trust has been involved in over 80 projects which aim to make Galway a better place to live, work in and visit. With some restructuring to our Community Employment Schemes as the summer season approaches, our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides are once again ready to welcome thousands of visitors to our two major free attractions, The Hall of the Red Earl and the Fisheries Watchtower Museum. It is hoped that we can enhance the visitor experience at the Hall of Red Earl through the use of new technologies and our Chair, Gerry Hanley reports good progress in planning ‘a wow factor’ at the site! These two charming sites provide a fascinating insight into Galway’s unique heritage and have been highly recommended by visitors and locals alike. If you haven’t paid us a visit us yet, be sure to pop in!
Heritage Walks and Talks
Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust is always delighted to provide heritage themed walks and talks for interested groups, and early 2017 has been a busy period for us. Amongst others we were happy to welcome local Presentation Primary School on a walk of historic Galway with our tour guide, Karen O’Leary. We also provided a walking tour to Nebraska University and gave a heritage talk to Doughiska, Roscam and Ardaun Active Retirement Association. Our Development Officer was also pleased to give a talk on Galway’s waterways heritage to the Engineer’s Ireland West as part of their spring lecture series in GMIT. If your group is interested in a talk/walk please feel free to give us a buzz!
Our Galway Tribal Diaspora Project which is gathering personal stories from Galway emigrants around the world continues to grow. Recent additions to our list of diaspora stories include Sharon Nesbitt, nee Shannon who left Galway in the 1980s and found herself driving a London Underground Tube a year later! We also compiled a story from Grainne Kearney who has been living in Sydney since 1992, and who feels a sense of duty to the new wave of Irish emigrants who have arrived in Australia in recent years. You can see more of these stories at www.galwaytribe.com and we are delighted to hear from anyone who would like to nominate either themselves, or someone else, to have their story of emigration recorded. Keep an eye out too for our new website and exhibition which will be launched shortly.
Grainne Kearney & family
Transition year competition and exhibition
Our annual ‘Capturing Galway’s Heritage’ competition for Galway transition year students is reaching its conclusion and we invite all members of the public to join us in GMIT on Thursday 4th May at 2pm for the awards ceremony and to view the exhibitions of participating schools. The competition which is now in its ninth year encourages secondary school students to examine and appreciate aspects of their local heritage. This year’s competition feeds in to our Galway Diaspora Project as we are asking schools to chart the lives of past-pupils who have since emigrated. We are once again anticipating a high standard of entries and the awards ceremony is an ideal opportunity to view the fruits of the student’s labours. All welcome and refreshments will be served.
A night of medieval mirth and merriment…all for a good cause!
The Trust is delighted to announce that we are participating in a fundraising event with a very heritage related theme on behalf of Galway Simon Community. This novel event comprises a guided walk of Galway’s medieval treasures followed by a banquet and entertainment in the historic surrounds of the King’s Head. The event takes place on Wednesday 10th May, commencing with a reception from the Hall of the Red Earl at 5.30pm. Following a walking tour of Galway's medieval treasures in the company of our own Development Officer, Michael Quinn, the group will then arrive at the King’s Head at 7.30pm where a medieval feast and music will be laid on. Tickets are priced €50. To reserve your place on what promises to be a fun and informative evening in aid of a very worthy cause visit www.galwaysimon.ie or for further information call us on 091 564946.
Local heritage related events
The Galway Archaeological and Historical Society’s 2017 lecture series is currently in full flight with the next talk entitled ‘Portraits, Family and Estate Papers of the Eyres of Eyreville, Kiltormer, Co. Galway’ by Donal Burke scheduled for April 10th in the Harbour Hotel at 8pm. All are welcome.
The Galway Theatre Festival galwaytheatrefestival.com runs from 18-23 April and hot on its heels comes the Cúirt International Festival of Literature www.cuirt.ie which runs from 23-30 April.
Love Galway and it's heritage? Why not give the gift of membership to Galway Civic Trust. Becoming a member has many benefits which include free entrance to selected fee-paying OPW Heritage sites, priority booking for Heritage Week and other events, copies of the Trust’s publications, newsletters and advance notice of events and selected discounts (see our website for up-to-date discounts).
Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust was delighted to be nominated as finalists in the category of ‘Promoting Galway’ at the recent Chamber of Commerce Awards ceremony. We had stiff competition from Food on the Edge and eventual winners Druid Theatre. The Trust’s entry was spearheaded by Community Employment Supervisor, Caroline McNeill.
We recently published our Annual report for 2016. You can pick up a copy from our office in Druid Lane or view it online here.
The House Hotel was the location for the recent launch of the third in our series of guided booklets to Galway’s heritage. Entitled ‘Galway City Walks: Medieval Galway’, this booklet is an informative guide to Galway’s medieval sites such as Lynch’s Castle, St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church and Kirwan’s Lane. Written by the Trust’s Development Officer, Michael Quinn and printed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, this user-friendly booklet is available at €4 from the Trust's office on Druid Lane, and is the ideal stocking-filler for Galwegians at home or abroad looking to brush up on the history of their native city. The booklet was kindly launched by Mayor of Galway, Noel Larkin, who is seen here with Dr. Chris Coughlan, Michael Quinn and Gerry Hanley.
Congrats to Rosanne Dowling who was the recipient of the Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust sponsored Student of the Year Award for Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Heritage Studies at GMIT. Rosanne, who graduated with first class honours, was presented with her award by the Trust’s Development Officer Michael Quinn at GMIT’s Conferring of awards which took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel on the 17 ^th November. We wish Rosanne well in her future endeavours.
The Trust was delighted to assist Galway City Heritage Officer, Jim Higgins with the running of the 6 ^th Galway International Heritage Conference which took place in the Harbour Hotel on October 20^th. Based on the events and memory of the 1916 Rising the conference was entitled ‘Talking About a Revolution’ and featured a programme of highly informative speakers. The day concluded with a performance of music and poetry with Gerry Hanley on accordion and Aine Sheridan.
In November, we were honoured to provide a historic walking tour of Galway for former NBA player Charles D Smith. The 6’ 10’’ American, who played for the New York Nicks and also represented the USA at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, was in town to play in the Galway Master Basketball Tournament at NUIG. Charles is pictured here accompanied here by our tour guide Karen O'Leary and chairman,Gerry Hanley.
Dúchas na Gaillimhe – Galway Civic Trust was pleased to attend a recent unveiling of a plaque commemorating the Connaught Rangers and their role in World War 1 in the Renmore Garrison Church. The unveiling, which took place on the centenary of the battle of the Somme, gave us a chance to meet up with old friends including Sgt PJ Maloney (seen below with the Trust's Michael Quinn) who is responsible for the Renmore Military Barracks Museum. The Trust regularly partner with the museum to run tours during Heritage Week.
Farewell to Hank
The House Hotel was the location for the recent launch of the third in our series of guided booklets to Galway’s heritage. Entitled ‘Galway City Walks: Medieval Galway’, this booklet is an informative guide to Galway’s medieval sites such as Lynch’s Castle, St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church and Kirwan’s Lane. Written by the Trust’s Development Officer, Michael Quinn and printed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, this user-friendly booklet is available at €4 from the Trust's office on Druid Lane, and is the ideal stocking-filler for Galwegians at home or abroad looking to brush up on the history of their native city. The booklet was kindly launched by Mayor of Galway, Noel Larkin. Seen here with Dr. Chris Coughlan, Michael Quinn and Gerry Hanley.
We were delighted to be nominated as finalists in the category of ‘Promoting Galway’ at the recent Chamber of Commerce Awards ceremony. We had stiff competition from Food on the Edge and eventual winners Druid Theatre. The Trust’s entry was spearheaded by Community Employment Supervisor, Caroline McNeill.
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