Along the River Corrib, one can find the Irish city of Galway. With a chronicle dating back to 12th century, it is no surprise that there are several historical sites in Galway City. Here are some of them:
Galway is home to a medieval house of worship that was founded in the 14th century and dedicated to St. Nicholas of Myra. It was where Duḃaltaċ MacḞirḃisiġ produced the Leabhar na nGenealach in 1650. It was also where the mayoralty and city council elections were held during the time of the Tribes of Galway.
remains of the now defunct Natural History Museum of the National University of
Ireland, Galway is a museum that features rock, mineral and fossil collections.
Founded in 1852, among the first exhibits were rocks, mineral and fossil
collections of William King.
to legend, the Lynch Memorial Window is where James Lynch FitzStephen hanged
his own son in 1493 for murdering a merchant sailor from Spain. The Spanish
merchant sailor is said to be a rival romance to the girlfriend of James Lynch
FitzStephen’s son. At the time, James Lynch FitzStephen was Galway’s mayor and
magistrate. It is said no one wanted to perform the execution, so the mayor
carried out the deed himself to make sure justice prevailed. After this, the
mayor retired into seclusion.
junction of Abbeygate Street and Shop Street in Galway City, one can find Lynch’s
Castle – a fortified house from the medieval era. It was home to the Lynch
family, one of the Galway tribes, and it is believed that parts of the
limestone structure date back to the 14th century. Today, the castle
houses AIB Bank.
NUI Galway was established in 1845 and opened in 1849 as Queen’s College Galway. Stretching along River Corrib, its oldest part is its quadrangle and the nearby Aula Maxima. Among the notable faculty of NUI Galway include Nicholas Canny, Michael Daniel Higgins, George Johnstone Stoney and William King.
the Caoċ Arch, the Spanish Arch is what remains of the Ceann an Bhalla or Front
Wall that protected Galway City’s quays. The Front Wall was constructed in 1584
and during the 18th century, the two arches were added to provide
access between the town and the Long Walk.
Doorway can be found in Eyre Square in Galway City. This freestanding monument
was the entrance to the 17th century Browne family house. Today, the
Renaissance doorway is a commemoration of the architecture during the glory days
of the civic opulence in Galway.
19th century Victorian watchtower is one of the historic landmarks
in the city of Galway. Originally built to be a draft netting post, it was also
utilized as a watchtower for monitoring fish stocks and unlawful fishing
activity. It is presently home to The Fisheries Watchtower Museum that showcases
vintage photographs and fishery memorabilia.
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