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.
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 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.
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.
When you’re sitting under the sun in the beer garden out the back, the historical significance of Murty Rabbitt’s might slip by unnoticed. With origins dating back to the California Gold Rush of 1849, this Forster Street bar, kitchen and garden is one of the oldest watering holes in the city and when we say it’s worth its weight in gold – we mean it.
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.
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…
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.