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 TYRONE HOUSE

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Overlooking Kilcolgan River, the solemn skeletal structure of Tyrone House eerily overshadows its surroundings. Let’s take a glimpse into the history of this once great house that saw the rise and fall of the St. George family…

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THE HISTORY OF ARD BIA AT NIMMOS

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Through the eye-catching ruby door of the grey granite building next to the Spanish Arch is Ard Bia at Nimmos. Housed inside an ancient townhouse is the atmospheric Galway restaurant that remains a favourite spot of both locals and visitors alike. Unknown to many, however, is the vast history that is embedded in the roots of this iconic restaurant space. Let us take a glimpse at Ard Bia at Nimmos in days gone by..

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THE HISTORY OF DUNSANDLE CASTLE

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Shrouded by its surrounding woodland, Dunsandle Castle out in Athenry is well hidden from view but once you navigate your way through the 20 acres of tree-lined trails, you’ll be enchanted by this imposing building and its lengthy history.

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THE HISTORY OF THE ARAN SWEATER

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There are few items of clothing more instantly recognisable as intrinsically Galway than an Aran Sweater. Originating on the magnificent islands off the coast of Galway many moons ago, the design has not only gone on to become a beloved part of Irish heritage, but has found its rightful place as a fashion staple for many all around the world. Let’s take a look back at the storied history of this famous jumper…

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THE HISTORY OF THE CLADDAGH RING

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An ancient ring steeped in tradition, there is no doubt about its meaning of love, friendship and loyalty, and yet the origin of the famous Claddagh Ring is steeped in legend and myth, faithfully carrying its tradition and significance through centuries.

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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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