16 August, 2pm – 3:30pm

  • The Franciscan Abbey
  • St. Francis Street, Galway
  • H91 C53K
  • Co. Galway – City

A tour of one of Galway city’s most hidden graveyards, which is located in the small enclosed garden behind the Franciscan Abbey. There are 72 burial memorials existing there today. Most of these headstones date to the 18th century, but some date to the 1500’s and 1600’s.

The earliest gravestones and memorials were originally associated with the Medieval Franciscan Friary, which was established by William De Burgo in 1296, and was once located close to where Galway Courthouse now stands.

During the tour visitors will be guided around the graveyard and will be given a brief history of the Franciscans in Galway, as well as being informed about some of the most important memorials in the burial ground.

This is a rare opportunity for anybody that is passionate about history, or is a lover of art, to view and find out something about the many beautiful and unique funerary sculptures that are located behind this church in the heart of Galway city.

We will meet inside the entrance of the church at 2pm.

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Galway Civic Trust / Dúchas na Gaillimhe

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Declan · August 17, 2023 at 3:01 pm

A couple of photos from Tour of the Franciscan Abbey Church Graveyard on 16 August

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