Galway City

On Tuesday 6th June Paul Walsh, a senior archeologist working for the Irish public service, took the group on a guided tour of Galway in the morning. Before the tour Paul, a native of Galway himself, gave us a short history of Galway city as a background to the tour. 

Two of the highlights of the tour was a visit to Lynch's castle, the oldest occupied medieval town house in Ireland and Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church

Paul also brought us down to the Claddagh which was once a well-known fishing village outside the city walls.  He told us the story of the Claddagh ring which was used as both an engagement and wedding ring.

The visit ended at the Galway City Museum and people were free for the afternoon to go shopping or have afternoon tea or a  quiet pint of Guinness.

In the evening we all headed for Munroe's pub for dinner followed by the weekly session of traditional music and dance.  At the very end of the evening some of us plucked up the courage to join the dancers on the floor.  Unfortunately we did not film ourselves but here is a You Tube video of Annette's sister Marguerite (the woman with the red hair) dancing in Munroe's a couple of years ago: Marguerite set-dancing