Galway History Archives - This is Galway

GALWAY has so many stories to tell

Having found your favourite spots to see on your next visit to Galway, it’s time to put the wheels in motion. Share your discoveries with your friends and family, get booking and prepare for an incredibly memorable trip.

 

THE HISTORY OF BALLYKINE CASTLE

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Hidden deep off the trail inside the dense Clonbur Woodland, pass the deer wandering through the bright wildflowers and you’ll find the enchanting ruins of Ballykine Castle, completely concealed by the surrounding emerald foliage. Follow the overgrown pathway into the depths of the rich forestry which has enveloped the building over time, leaving it submerged in an eerily quiet atmosphere.

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THE HISTORY OF THE BRIDGE MILLS

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Marking the starting point of Galway’s Westend, the commanding Bridge Mills on the banks of the River Corrib is one of the oldest landmarks in Galway. The ancient building stands testament to the long history of milling in the area during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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THE HISTORY OF MENLO CASTLE

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Known as Menlo Castle or Blake’s Castle, this picturesque ruin of a 16th century castle sits on the banks of the River Corrib. The serenity of its surroundings masks its rich folklore and tragic history, which remains shrouded in mystery. Once a home of grandeur and tradition, time has taken over at Menlo Castle, preserving the stone walls as a memoir of its past.

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THE HISTORY OF THE IRISH WORKHOUSE CENTRE

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Described as “the most feared and hated institution ever established in Ireland”, the story of the Irish Workhouses is not a pleasant one. Today, the haunting aura of the old stone remains serve as a chilling reminder of some of Ireland’s darkest history. Let’s take a step back into the tragic history of The Irish Workhouse Centre and explore the heartbreaking tale of a system that was tied up in shame and embarrassment that spans a period of some 80 years.

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THE HISTORY OF THE BATTLE OF AUGHRIM

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The bloodiest battle to have been fought on Irish soil to this day, the Battle of Aughrim took place on 12 July 1691 and has been a source of great intrigue ever since. Quite the haunting tale, the bloodshed that took place on that fateful day has not been forgotten and today, 329 years later, we will recount the tale once more.

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THE HISTORY OF THE SKEFF

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The phrase “meet you at The Skeff” has been in circulation for centuries here in Galway. Uttered from our parents to our parent’s parents and from visitor to visitor, this family-run late bar, restaurant and boutique hotel has been a rendezvous point for as long as any of us can remember. Built as a stately home back in the mid-17th century, established as a hotel in 1850 and now the largest bar in the city, there’s 170 years of history ingrained in the walls of The Skeffington Arms.

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THE HISTORY OF FORTHILL CEMETERY

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There’s something inherently spooky about graveyards of any description, and Forthill Cemetery is no exception. Established back in the 1500s, this burial ground has been the site of slaughter, sympathy and the sound of silence for over 520 years now, so we thought it’s about time we took a journey through yesteryear at this haunting heritage site.

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THE HISTORY OF LYNCH MEMORIAL WINDOW

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Since we know our readers love a good ghost story, we thought it’s about time we took a wander down Market Street to the Lynch Memorial Window. Located right at the edge of the St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church graveyard, you’ve more than likely passed this historical monument by many’s the time without realising the meaning attached to it. Spoiler: it’s quite the haunting tale.

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