Galways rich heritage is set to be celebrated in a range of events across the city and county as part of National Heritage Week.
Some local free events are available in Galway City Museum.
For a full list of Galway Events for Heritage Week, visit: www.heritageweek.ie
Galway City Museum is located about a 5 minute walk from the Harbour Hotel, just behind the Spanish Arch. Below are some of the highlights of local events for Heritage Week.
Saturday 16 August, 2pm – 3pm
TALK: Sending Out Galway's Workhouse Paupers
In the 1850s, thousands of Irish paupers were shipped from Irish workhouses to North America as part of an assisted emigration scheme. Join Dr. Gerard Moran as he recounts the story of fifty-three girls from Mountbellew Union workhouse who were sent to Canada.
Saturday 23 August, 2pm – 3pm
HERITAGE WEEK TALK: City of the Tribes
Galway is known as the 'City of the Tribes', named after the fourteen merchant families – Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, Darcy, Deane, Font, French, Joyce, Kirwin, Lynch, Martin, Morris and Skerrett – who controlled the medieval town. Join author Adrian Martyn to find out about these tribes and why the city is named in their honour.
Wednesday 27 August, 2pm - 3pm
TALK: The Story of the Connemara Pony
According to folklore, following the sinking of the Spanish Armada off the coast of Connemara, a herd of Andalusian horses came ashore and interbred with native ponies, resulting in the distinct Connemara pony. Join author and pony-expert Pat Lyne as she discusses the history and heritage of Ireland's only indigenous breed of horse.
Thursday 28 August, 3pm – 4pm
HERITAGE WEEK TOUR: Walking Tour of Galway
To celebrate Galway Walled Towns Day, join Jim Higgins, City Heritage Officer, for a walking tour of our historic and architecturally fascinating city. Meeting in museum courtyard. Weather dependent.
Age 12+ (no booking required)
Saturday 30 August, 11am – 12.15pm
HERITAGE WEEK WORKSHOP: Harvest Knots
At harvest time, in some part of Ireland, men and women wove pieces of straw to make ornate harvest knots, which were then exchanged as love tokens. Join Tom Doyle to learn more about this custom and try your hand at making one.
Family Event / Age 7+
Saturday 30 August, 2pm – 3.15pm
HERITAGE WEEK WORKSHOP: Cailleach
There are many harvest superstitions associated with the cutting of the last sheaf, which was sometimes ornately woven to make a cailleach, meaning 'hag'. Join Tom Doyle as he talks about traditions associated with the harvest and demonstrates how to fashion a cailleach using straw. Afterwards try your hand at making one.