Welcome to our first quarterly newsletter of 2017, a year in which Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust reaches a milestone birthday of 25! Since our inception, the Trust has been involved in over 80 projects which aim to make Galway a better place to live, work in and visit. With some restructuring to our Community Employment Schemes as the summer season approaches, our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides are once again ready to welcome thousands of visitors to our two major free attractions, The Hall of the Red Earl and the Fisheries Watchtower Museum. It is hoped that we can enhance the visitor experience at the Hall of Red Earl through the use of new technologies and our Chair, Gerry Hanley reports good progress in planning ‘a wow factor’ at the site! These two charming sites provide a fascinating insight into Galway’s unique heritage and have been highly recommended by visitors and locals alike. If you haven’t paid us a visit us yet, be sure to pop in!
Heritage Walks and Talks
Dúchas na Gaillimhe - Galway Civic Trust is always delighted to provide heritage themed walks and talks for interested groups, and early 2017 has been a busy period for us. Amongst others we were happy to welcome local Presentation Primary School on a walk of historic Galway with our tour guide, Karen O’Leary. We also provided a walking tour to Nebraska University and gave a heritage talk to Doughiska, Roscam and Ardaun Active Retirement Association. Our Development Officer was also pleased to give a talk on Galway’s waterways heritage to the Engineer’s Ireland West as part of their spring lecture series in GMIT. If your group is interested in a talk/walk please feel free to give us a buzz!
Our Galway Tribal Diaspora Project which is gathering personal stories from Galway emigrants around the world continues to grow. Recent additions to our list of diaspora stories include Sharon Nesbitt, nee Shannon who left Galway in the 1980s and found herself driving a London Underground Tube a year later! We also compiled a story from Grainne Kearney who has been living in Sydney since 1992, and who feels a sense of duty to the new wave of Irish emigrants who have arrived in Australia in recent years. You can see more of these stories at www.galwaytribe.com and we are delighted to hear from anyone who would like to nominate either themselves, or someone else, to have their story of emigration recorded. Keep an eye out too for our new website and exhibition which will be launched shortly.
Grainne Kearney & family
Transition year competition and exhibition
Our annual ‘Capturing Galway’s Heritage’ competition for Galway transition year students is reaching its conclusion and we invite all members of the public to join us in GMIT on Thursday 4th May at 2pm for the awards ceremony and to view the exhibitions of participating schools. The competition which is now in its ninth year encourages secondary school students to examine and appreciate aspects of their local heritage. This year’s competition feeds in to our Galway Diaspora Project as we are asking schools to chart the lives of past-pupils who have since emigrated. We are once again anticipating a high standard of entries and the awards ceremony is an ideal opportunity to view the fruits of the student’s labours. All welcome and refreshments will be served.
A night of medieval mirth and merriment…all for a good cause!
The Trust is delighted to announce that we are participating in a fundraising event with a very heritage related theme on behalf of Galway Simon Community. This novel event comprises a guided walk of Galway’s medieval treasures followed by a banquet and entertainment in the historic surrounds of the King’s Head. The event takes place on Wednesday 10th May, commencing with a reception from the Hall of the Red Earl at 5.30pm. Following a walking tour of Galway's medieval treasures in the company of our own Development Officer, Michael Quinn, the group will then arrive at the King’s Head at 7.30pm where a medieval feast and music will be laid on. Tickets are priced €50. To reserve your place on what promises to be a fun and informative evening in aid of a very worthy cause visit www.galwaysimon.ie or for further information call us on 091 564946.
Local heritage related events
The Galway Archaeological and Historical Society’s 2017 lecture series is currently in full flight with the next talk entitled ‘Portraits, Family and Estate Papers of the Eyres of Eyreville, Kiltormer, Co. Galway’ by Donal Burke scheduled for April 10th in the Harbour Hotel at 8pm. All are welcome.
The Galway Theatre Festival galwaytheatrefestival.com runs from 18-23 April and hot on its heels comes the Cúirt International Festival of Literature www.cuirt.ie which runs from 23-30 April.