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’.


Medieval Fundraiser

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.  

Seeking Volunteers

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.