The President of Ireland, Micheal D. Higgins signing the visitors book at the Fisheries Tower Museum.Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust gives free guided tours at two award winning heritage sites in Galway City.

The first site is known as The Hall of the Red Earl, an archaeological site located on Druid Lane containing the remains of a stone hall, built by the Norman deBurgos in the 13th century. The deBurgos are better known today as the Burkes. The site is almost hidden down a side street, yet thousands of visitors manage to find it each year and it has the distinction in 2012 of being listed as the top visitor attraction in Galway City by the Lonely Planet guide. The Hall is a designated national monument.

The second site is The Fisheries Watchtower Museum, at Wolfe Tone Bridge, which was officially opened by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. It is a surprisingly interesting place to visit with many artefacts donated by local people and it boasts an amazing view of the River Corrib together with the Canal and Claddagh basins. President Higgins remarked at the Tower’s official opening ceremony that it was “a typical example of 19th century cultural eclecticism, we see a style that originated in the plains of Northern Italy’s Lombardy find expression in a fishery watchtower on the West coast of Ireland. This reminds us of how architecture can be used to elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary”.

The Hall of the Red Earl is open from 9:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 11am-3.30pm.

The Fishery Watch Tower Museum is open from 12pm to 4pm Monday to Friday.  Admission to both sites is free.

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