TY Trip to Galway

TY Trip to Galway
Denis Hooper

On Tuesday, January 28th, a Transition Year group went on a tour of medieval Galway with Br Colmán and Mr Ross.

The trip explored the history of settlement in the from the twelfth century to the present day and examined how the city's situation at a strategic crossing point on the River Corrib combined with access to Atlantic seaways contributed to its prosperity from the mid-fifteenth century to the present day.

Mr Frank Coyne of Aegis Archaeology met the group and showed them around his excavation of the city's medieval Watergate at the Spanish Arch and Bishop Brendan Kelly, Br Colmán's former history teacher, greeted them at the Cathedral.

Highlights of the trip included a visit to St Nicholas's Church, discovering how the 'Hole in the Wall' pub got its name and seeing where the first Mayor of Galway hanged his own son in order to protect the city's reputation for impartial justice.

The next outing will be to Clonmacnoise in March as part of programme looking at the cult of St Patrick and the spread of Christianity in Early Medieval Ireland.