The perfect Christmas gift!
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).
Finalist in Galway Chamber Business Awards 2016
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.
'Galway City Medieval Walk' book launch
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.
Student of the Year Award
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.
Galway International Heritage Conference
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.
Walking with Charles D Smith
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.
Connaught Rangers Plaque
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