Join Dr.  Roger Derham, A. Prof Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Forensic Physician (retd.), author, ex-publisher and journeyman, on a 4 hour walking tour

of Galway City, exploring 800 years of Healthcare Institutions.

Sunday 13 August, 2023

12.00 Noon – 4.00 PM

Meet at the Archway of Quadrangle building, University of Galway, at 12.00 PM

For more information contact Dr. Roger Derham on 087 1326250


Rihla (The Journey) – was the short title of a 14th Century (1355 CE) book written in Fez by the Islamic legal scholar Ibn Jazayy al-Kalbi of Granada who recorded and then transcribed the dictated travelogue of the Tangerian, Ibn Battuta. The book’s full title was A Gift to Those who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling and somehow the title of Ibn Jazayy’s record of Ibn Battuta’s travels captures the ethos of many of the city and country journeys I have been lucky to take in past years.

This particular Rihla is intensely local to the place where I live. It is an account of an urban walk I organise on the last Sunday of most months, wandering through time and location in Galway to touch upon – to imagine in many instances – the appearance and disappearance of a town’s history of social care/health institutions. It is and will always remain a work and a walk in progress; evolving as new buildings are erected, new care functions established for the future and more information about the past becomes available.

For anybody who is interested I usually conduct this walk on the last Sunday of most months, from August to May. There is no cost involved and if you come and want to make a contribution then the Irish Red Cross or Cope Galway would be delighted to receive them. The walk lasts 3.5 – 4 hrs with a stop for coffee. If you are interested contact me at



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