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.
In support of Galway’s bid for European City of Culture 2020 Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust has donated a stone sculpture to the City of Belfast on behalf of Galway City. The aim is to foster long term cross border friendships while at the same time thanking the families of donors for their extraordinary generosity and commemorating those who have given the gift of life through organ donation.
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.
Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust welcomes members with prices starting as low as €20 and are grateful for your support.
The walks are a leisurely and informative introduction to the medieval history of the city. The walk starts at the Hall of the Red Earl in Druid Lane (off Quay St.) and continues through the narrow medieval streets via St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church and Lynch’s Castle to the Eyre Square Shopping Centre where some of the remains of the old City walls are located.
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