Heritage Week 2017 Review:
The Trust once again put together one of the largest Heritage Programmes throughout the entire country hosting over 40 local events in 30 separate location from the 19th – 27th August. We were delighted to partner with friends old and new as we shone a light on the richness of our natural, built and cultural heritage here in Galway. Highlights of the programme included a talk on historic Galway pubs by local historian, Tom Kenny, a family-friendly beach safari held in conjunction with Galway Atlantaquaria, and a series of lunch-time crafting demonstrations held at the Hall of the Red Earl. With over 1,800 attendees at our events over 9 days, the programme was a massive success and we thank both participants and partners for their continued support. Having drawn breath, we are already planning for Heritage Week 2018!
Culture Night, which was held on the 22nd September, has become a firm favourite in Galway’s calendar. The Trust was delighted to contribute to its success again this year as we opened both the Hall of the Red Earl medieval site and the Fisheries Watchtower Museum later than normal to facilitate scores of visitors of all ages who called into us. Our tour-guides were on hand to welcome and inform visitors about the two sites and we were particularly delighted to host a traditional music session in the historic surrounds of the 13th century archaeological remains of the Hall of the Red Earl – Galway’s original town hall.
JCI Award Nomination:
The Trust was delighted to be nominated for a Junior Chamber ‘Friendly Business Award’ which took place in September. Selected in the category of ‘Community Impact’, the nomination recognises the warm welcome we provide to thousands of visitors to our fair city each year. Well done to Colleran’s Locksmith who were winners in our category and also to our good friend and long-time supporter, Mary Bennett of Treasure Chest who was also a category winner.
Old Galway Society Talk:
The Trust’s Development Officer, Michael Quinn will give a talk on ‘Galway’s Distilling History’ to the Old Galway Society on Thursday 12th October at 8pm in the Victoria Hotel. All are welcome and entrance is €5 to non-members.
Galway Medieval Walk:
We have just finished our scheduled walks of medieval Galway for the summer months. The walks which are free of charge take place each Tuesday and Thursday from May to September see us introduce hundreds of visitors and locals alike to the wonderful medieval sites and history of our town on an annual basis. For any interested parties, we continue to provide pre-booked tours to groups and schools throughout the year.
The Dúchas na Gailliimhe – Galway Civic Trust AGM took place on Thursday 28th September. We say farewell to a number of outgoing board members and welcome new and returning members. The board now comprises: Billy Cameron & Frank Fahy (both Galway City Council representatives); Gerry Hanley; Orlaith Keegan (Trade Union representative); Peter Kenny; Valerie Moriarty; Jack Mulveen; Maurice O’Gorman (Galway Chamber of Commerce Representative); Tom Quinlivan.
Our Galway Tribal Diaspora Project www.galwaytribe.com will be officially launched by Ciaran Cannon, T.D. on Monday 23rd October. We will be in touch with an official invitation to all of our newsletter subscribers in due course.