As part of Heritage Week 2022 – A Medieval reenactment held on Monday 15th August 2022, at the Hall of the Red Earl, Druid Lane, Galway.

Appearing in the video are Maura Walsh (Recorder) and Natalie Surina (Early Irish Harp) from Galway Early Music. Sean Shiels and Martyn Merlehan as medieval knights in armour. Melissa Shiels as medieval lady, James McKeon and David Henegen in medieval attire. Declan O’Shea as messenger from past and Valerie Kelly as modern day visitor to the Hall of the Red Earl.

Link to event on Heritage Week 2022 website:

Galway Civic Trust / Dúchas na Gaillimhe is supported by the Heritage Council of Ireland, The Office of Public Works (OPW), Inland Fisheries Ireland, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Frozen in time, The Hall of the Red Earl stands as a tribute to and reminder of the medieval Galway of centuries gone by. Dating back to the 13th century, the archaeological ruins are linked to the founding of the city itself by the Anglo-Norman De Burgo clan. An incredibly significant monument, let’s dust off the history behind the glass panes on Druid Lane…

An opportunity to glimpse an accurate depiction of medieval life as experienced by Anglo-Normans at the Hall of the Red Earl, Druid Lane, Galway. We will be hosting two full day events of medieval reenactments, played out by a cast under the direction of archaeologist James McKeon, along with scripts that have been professionally written based upon real historical events during the DeBurgo over-lordship of the region. We will also be giving free guided walks of Medieval Galway from the Hall of the Red Earl.

With origins in the 1200s, The Hall of the Red Earl was Galway’s very first municipal building and was utilised for tax collection, banquet hosting and the general administration of justice. Essentially a town hall, courthouse and tax office all under one roof, the building took its name from Richard de Burgo who just happened to be the Earl of Ulster, the grandson of the town’s founding father.



Galway Civic Trust / Dúchas na Gaillimhe project work is supported by the Heritage Council of Ireland. 

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