The perfect Christmas gift!

Love Galway and it's heritage? Why not give the gift of membership to Galway Civic Trust. Becoming a member has many benefits which include free entrance to selected fee-paying OPW Heritage sites, priority booking for Heritage Week and other events, copies of the Trust’s publications, newsletters and advance notice of events and selected discounts (see our website for up-to-date discounts).



Finalist in Galway Chamber Business Awards 2016

Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust was delighted to be nominated as finalists in the category of ‘Promoting Galway’ at the recent Chamber of Commerce Awards ceremony. We had stiff competition from Food on the Edge and eventual winners Druid Theatre. The Trust’s entry was spearheaded by Community Employment Supervisor, Caroline McNeill.



Annual Report

We recently published our Annual report for 2016. You can pick up a copy from our office in Druid Lane or view it online here.


'Galway City Medieval Walk' book launch

The House Hotel was the location for the recent launch of the third in our series of guided booklets to Galway’s heritage. Entitled ‘Galway City Walks: Medieval Galway’, this booklet is an informative guide to Galway’s medieval sites such as Lynch’s Castle, St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church and Kirwan’s Lane. Written by the Trust’s Development Officer, Michael Quinn and printed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, this user-friendly booklet is available at €4 from the Trust's office on Druid Lane, and is the ideal stocking-filler for Galwegians at home or abroad looking to brush up on the history of their native city. The booklet was kindly launched by Mayor of Galway, Noel Larkin, who is seen here with Dr. Chris Coughlan, Michael Quinn and Gerry Hanley.



Student of the Year Award

Congrats to Rosanne Dowling who was the recipient of the Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust sponsored Student of the Year Award for Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Heritage Studies at GMIT. Rosanne, who graduated with first class honours, was presented with her award by the Trust’s Development Officer Michael Quinn at GMIT’s Conferring of awards which took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel on the 17 ^th November. We wish Rosanne well in her future endeavours.



Galway International Heritage Conference

The Trust was delighted to assist Galway City Heritage Officer, Jim Higgins with the running of the 6 ^th Galway International Heritage Conference which took place in the Harbour Hotel on October 20^th. Based on the events and memory of the 1916 Rising the conference was entitled ‘Talking About a Revolution’ and featured a programme of highly informative speakers. The day concluded with a performance of music and poetry with Gerry Hanley on accordion and Aine Sheridan.



Walking with Charles D Smith

In November, we were honoured to provide a historic walking tour of Galway for former NBA player Charles D Smith. The 6’ 10’’ American, who played for the New York Nicks and also represented the USA at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, was in town to play in the Galway Master Basketball Tournament at NUIG. Charles is pictured here accompanied here by our tour guide Karen O'Leary and chairman,Gerry Hanley.



Connaught Rangers Plaque

Dúchas na Gaillimhe – Galway Civic Trust was pleased to attend a recent unveiling of a plaque commemorating the Connaught Rangers and their role in World War 1 in the Renmore Garrison Church. The unveiling, which took place on the centenary of the battle of the Somme, gave us a chance to meet up with old friends including Sgt PJ Maloney (seen below with the Trust's Michael Quinn) who is responsible for the Renmore Military Barracks Museum. The Trust regularly partner with the museum to run tours during Heritage Week.


Farewell to Hank

In October, Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust board member, Hank O’Mahony passed away after a short illness. A hugely popular figure who was renowned for his good humour and honesty, Hank lived a colourful life which is outlined here by his good friend and fellow board member, Bartley Fannin: Hank O' Mahony was born and grew up in Queens in New York City in a very strong large Irish American family. At 16 he joined the Capuchin order and eventually was ordained. During his time with the Capuchins he worked with Native American Indians, the civil rights movement and the antiwar movement. This brought him into contact with figures such as Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson and Andrew Young, who later became the USA Ambassador to the UN. He also had strong association with Daniel Berrigan and his brother Phillip. These activities landed him in jail on five occasions. His strong Irish connections led him to these shores in 1973. During his earlier years in Ireland he worked with underprivileged communities here and in Liverpool. With Joan O’Leary he founded the Irish Gestalt Centre. This was a direct follow on from his work with John O’Leary in England (Joan’s husband). Subsequently Hank and Joan developed a highly respected psychotherapy and training programme. Hank continued to be involved with the Irish Gestalt Centre up to his death. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him. He is survived by his wife Sheila McCrann, children Sadhbh and Ferdia McCrann, brother Henry, grandaughters Mella and Heidi, son-in law Sammy, his nieces and family in New York. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.