Friday, June 19, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 24: Galway's Spanish Arch and Downtown Castle Ruins

The Spanish Arch and museum
This is Part 24 of our Ireland Trip blog, when we were still in Galway. This is about the Spanish Arch and an old castle located downtown near the waterfront.

WHAT IS THE SPANISH ARCH? -(Thanks to http://galwaycity.galway-ireland.ie): The Spanish Arch built in 1584, stands on the left bank of the River Corrib, where Galway's river meets the sea.  The arch is the remainder of a 16th century bastion, added to the town's walls to protect merchant ships from looting. At this time, it was known as Ceann an Bhalla (Head of the Wall).

Sign over the Arch
It was originally an extension of the famous city walls, designed to protect the quays. The Spanish Arch is, in fact, a misnomer, as there is no proven association between the Spanish in Galway and the building of the Arch.   The Arch features a wooden sculpture, called Madonna of the Quays, which was sculpted by the well known artist, Claire Sheridan, who lived in the adjacent building during the 50's.
Today The Spanish Arch is home to the Galway City Museum, which nestles into one of its impressive walls. Its current title Spanish Arch dates from the last century - a reference to the former merchant trade with Spain, whose galleons often docked under its protection.

SO WHAT HAPPENS TO OLD CASTLES? Well there was part of an old castle near the waterfront  at 21 Quay Street, Galway. It's  near the Spanish Arch. It's now "Costa Coffee!" Sadly, I couldn't find out anything about the former castle.
 NEXT: A LAST LOOK AT GALWAY, OLD BUILDINGS AND THE STORY OF THE CLADDAGH RING


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

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