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 KILMACDUAGH ROUND TOWER

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Surrounded by the ruins of a monastery long since ravaged by the tests of time, Kilmacduagh Round Tower continues to stand tall all these years later. Somehow maintaining its impressive form and original condition since its establishment in the 7th century, this round tower comes in at 34.5 metres – making it the tallest in Ireland! Let’s take a glimpse into the incredibly vast history of this ancient site, which sits at the very edge of the Burren, close by Gort.

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THE HISTORY OF THE HALL OF THE RED EARL

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Frozen in time, The Hall of the Red Earl stands as a tribute to and reminder of the medieval Galway of centuries gone by. Dating back to the 13th century, the archaeological ruins are linked to the founding of the city itself by the Anglo-Norman De Burgo clan. An incredibly significant monument, let’s dust off the history behind the glass panes on Druid Lane…

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THE HISTORY OF ROSS ERRILLY FRIARY

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Known locally as the best preserved monastic Franciscan ruins in all of Ireland, the Ross Errilly Friary has been an imposing presence on the banks of the Black River – just two miles from Headford – for around and about six centuries now! An eye-catching sight with a great deal of history behind it, let’s take a glimpse into the past of this Franciscan friary…

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THE HISTORY OF ABBEYKNOCKMOY’S CISTERCIAN ABBEY

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Ever wondered where Abbeyknockmoy got its name? Well, prepare yourself… It’s from the ancient abbey of Knockmoy! With origins way back in 1190, the spectacular building changed hands many times between then and the late 1980s, when it was given a well-deserved facelift by the Office of Public Works. With 830 years of history stretching out behind it, there’s a lot of ground to cover so let’s just straight into it…

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THE HISTORY OF THE PLASSEY WRECK

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Appearing in the opening sequence of the beloved comedy series Fr Ted, the Plassey Shipwreck is known across the world. Anyone who has set foot on Inis Oirr will have paid a visit to the remains, but may not be familiar with the story of ‘60s steam trawler. Never fear, this week’s history lesson has the low down…

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‘BRING THE OPRHANS HOME’ WITH SCULPTURE

Mountbellew Heritage and Tourism Network have been asked by the Western Australia Irish Famine Commemoration Committee to “Bring the Orphan Girls Home” by erecting a twin of its amazing sculpture ‘Uaigneas’ in Mountbellew

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THE HISTORY OF DONNELLY’S BARNA

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Donnelly’s of Barna has been a local favourite for generations! It has now been given a new lease of life with a snazzy refurbishment, but you can still sense the colourful history behind this famous building that is being kept alive by its current owners. Let us enlighten you…

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THE HISTORY OF NORA BARNACLE HOUSE

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The West of Ireland is known far and wide for its intrinsic link to the country’s most prominent literary names, having set the scene for some of the greats to come to fruition. Looking at the smallest house on Bowling Green today, you couldn’t imagine that such a tiny building could have held the magnificent woman who inspired some of James Joyce’s very best work, Nora Barnacle.

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THE HISTORY OF AUGHNANURE CASTLE

Regarded as one of the most unique castles in Ireland, Galway’s Aughnanure Castle is one of over 200 fortified tower houses built by the most powerful families in Ireland centuries ago. Becoming home to the O’Flaherty clan in the 1500s, you’ll find this castle just about two miles outside of Oughterard at the gateway to Connemara.

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THE HISTORY OF CREGG CASTLE

If you’re one of the lucky few that have a couple of spare millions lying around, perhaps you’d like to treat yourself to a 17th century castle? Located about nine miles outside of Galway city, near the village of Corrandulla, this magnificent building has all the bells and whistles. Thought of as the last fortified mansion built in Ireland, Cregg Castle has over 370 years of history behind it that you should know all about…

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THE HISTORY OF PORTUMNA CASTLE

There’s nothing like a towering castle and rolling gardens to make you feel miniscule and Portumna Castle is one of the most imposing buildings around. Dating back to the 1600s, the castle and demesne sit on the shores of Lough Derg and are a hugely popular visitor attraction for those interested in both Irish architecture and the site’s lengthy history.

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THE HISTORY OF WOODLAWN HOUSE

The sprawling 30,000 square foot of period property at Woodlawn House encompasses 115 acres of estate, stables, a greenhouse, guesthouse and railway station and is one of the largest restoration projects in Ireland.

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