Galway’s new 'Histry' app provides you with the perfect tool to step back in time and discover the tales and characters that are the very essence of this beloved city in the West of Ireland. 'Histry' app provides you with a complementary service to the tourist walking tour, with an informative, self-guided tour of Galway city in your native language. 'Histry' app is a new tourism tool delivering expert historical insight, directly to your device. Tour Galway, your way!

'Histry' app will guide you through Galway's rich history

 

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St. Nicholas’ Church

This ancient limestone building has been classed as the largest parish church still in use in Ireland today, and presents a living history of the city.

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Spanish Arch

This arch is part of the stone fort we see today, which was constructed in 1584 to protect the ancient harbour of Galway, directly upstream.

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Lynch’s Castle

This massive stone tower house, said to be Ireland’s finest surviving town castle, was one of the fourteen fine edifices noted in the famous 1651 Pictorial Map of Galway.

'Histry' app provides you with clear design and easy navigation

 

Learning the history on your doorstep, whether it's as a local or a visitor, will greatly enrich your experience of the city. 'Histry' will provide you with the history of Galway, thoroughly researched by local author and historian Peadar O’Dowd. You'll discover the history of medieval Galway, as well as many other hidden gems. You'll learn about the life of many colourful characters from Humanity 'Dick' Martin, Nora Barnacle (wife of James Joyce), the people of the Claddagh and the Tribes of Galway.

 

 
Galway Cathedral

Galway Cathedral

Fishing families and traditional Claddagh cottages, the Claddagh, Galway

Claddagh fishermen casting nets. Rows of the fishermen's thatched cottages prior to modernisation can be seen in the background

Claddagh fishermen casting nets. Rows of the fishermen's thatched cottages prior to modernisation can be seen in the background

A multilingual experience

 

'Histry' offers you the opportunity to read and listen to a professionally narrated history of the city in the language of your choice (English/ Gaeilge/ Francais/ Deutsch/ Italiano/ Español). Use the built in map to find each historical monument at your own pace and to arrange your own trail around the city.

Histry app to be released July 2016

 

 
Exterior of Lynch's Castle, Galway

Exterior of Lynch's Castle, Galway

Stone carving detail, Lynch's Castle, Galway

Stone carving detail, Lynch's Castle, Galway

Cattle market in Galway's Eyre Square. The plot of land which became Eyre Square was presented to the city in 1710 by Mayor Edward Eyre

Cattle market in Galway's Eyre Square. The plot of land which became Eyre Square was presented to the city in 1710 by Mayor Edward Eyre

10 of Galway's finest historical monuments

 

Allow us to take you on a tour of the old medieval city, to include the city’s left bank and city centre. We’ll tell you the fascinating story of ‘Humanity Dick’ Martin and James Joyce’s love Nora Barnacle. Visit the old city walls, castles, town houses and museums. 'Histry' gives you 10 of Galway’s top historical monuments.

 

 
Interior of Galway Cathedral

Interior of Galway Cathedral

Shop Street view of St. Nicholas' Church, Galway

Shop Street view of St. Nicholas' Church, Galway

Humanity Dick's former townhouse, Cross Street, Galway

Humanity Dick's former townhouse, Cross Street, Galway

A Section of Galway's unusual town walls now sits within a shopping centre

A Section of Galway's unusual town walls now sits within a shopping centre

Joyce's Galway link

 

Nora Barnacle inspired Joyce in much of his literary endeavors. The voice of Molly Bloom in "Ulysses", and the sad memories of Greta Conroy in “The Dead”, in his book of short stories "Dubliners", gained inspiration from this lady from the west of Ireland.

‘The first day they went walking together was June 16, 1904, and Joyce always regarded it so romantically that he made it Bloomsday, the day everything happens in Ulysses.’

The museum/house is currently closed to the public.

 

 
Portrait of James Joyce by Josh Steele

Portrait of James Joyce by Josh Steele

Side Entrance to Tigh Neachtain's, Dick Martin's original town house

Side Entrance to Tigh Neachtain's, Dick Martin's original town house

Ballynahinch Castle, the former home of Dick Martin

Ballynahinch Castle, the former home of Dick Martin

The Spanish Arch and old Galway fish market lies adjacent to the Claddagh, separated by the estuary of the river Corrib

The Spanish Arch and old Galway fish market lies adjacent to the Claddagh, separated by the estuary of the river Corrib