Information about Galway Town
Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
Galway Beauforts Map of Irel.
Galway County Map
Galway County Registry
villa Galivia Inq. Temp. Eliz
villa Galwie or Galvie Inq. Temp. Eliz
Galwaye Inq. Temp. Eliz
villa Galway Inq. Temp. Hen. VIII
Galway Town Sketch Map
Gaillimh was the name of a woman who was drowned in the river
This Town in its greatest extent from East to West is 1 British Mile nearly and from North to South ½ a mile British. A list of the principle streets, lanes , etc. will be seen in the following pages.
S.W. of the parish.
N.B. for the names of streets and L (lanes) in Galway see pages 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 & 99
- Abbeygate Street Upper
- Abbeygate Street Lower
- Bri1. dge Street
- Back Street
- Bowling Green
- Boherbeg – bóthar beag, little road
- Bohermore – bóthar mór, large road
- Ball Alley Lane
- Buttermilk lane
- Cross Street
- Cladagh – Cladach?, a stony shore
- College road
- Earl Lane
- Church Lane
- Church Yard
- Costoelloe’s Lane
- Dominick St. Upper
- do Lower
- Eyre Square
- Flood Street
- Fallon’s Lane
- French’s do
- High Street
- High Street Upper
- do Lower
- Kirwins Lane
- Kelly’s Lane
- Lombard Street
- Middle Street
- Main Guard St.
- Market St.
- Merchants Road
- Madeira Island
- Mary’s Street
- Mendicity Lane
- Nun’s Island
- Nun’s Street
- Newcastle St.
- New Road West
- Court House Lane
- Presentation Street
- Presentation Road
- Parkavera – Páirc a Mhéara, the mayor’s park or field
- Quay Street
- Quay and Docks
- Rose Mary Lane
- Sickeen St. – Chicken’s Street
- Spanish Parade
- Shell Lane
- William St. E.
- William St. West
- White Hall
- White Strand
- Wood Quay
- Wood St.
- Shop Street
A List of Public Buildings and Establishments in the Town of Galway
|Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas||Lombard St|
|Mr. French’s Brewery||Madeira Island||1816|
|Mr. Fitzgerald’s Brewery||Nun’s Island||1817|
|Mr. Burke’s Brewery?||Newtown Smith||1826|
|Custom House||Flood St.||1807|
|Excise Office||Presentation St.|
|Stamp Office||Lombard St.|
|Bank of Ireland||Eyre Square|
|Provincial Bank||Eyre Square|
|National Bank||Back St.|
|Agricultural Bank||Back St.|
|Castle Barracks||Back St.||1734|
|Shamble Barracks||Back St.||1749|
|Constabulary Barracks||Dominick St.||1828|
|Constabulary Barracks||Rose Mary Lane||1828|
|Coast Guard Station||Fair Hill|
|County Court House||Newtown Smith||1815|
|Town Court House||Newtown Smith|
|Town Gaol||Nun’s Island||1808|
|County Gaol||Nun’s Island||1810|
|Erasmus Smith’s College||Boherbeg||1813|
|Erasmus Smith’s Male School||Newtown Smith|
|Erasmus Smith’s Female School||Newtown Smith|
|Town Infirmary||Abbeygate St.|
|Fever Hospital||Nun’s Island|
|Lying in Hospital||Presentation St.|
|Post Office||Dominick St.|
|Club House||Dominick St.|
|Paper Manufactory||Presentation St.|
|Kilroy’s Hotel||Eyre Square|
|Nolans Hotel||Eyre Square|
|Messrs. Joyce||Eyre Square||1800|
|Lion’s Tower||Town Wall||1646|
|Lynch’s Castle||Shop Street|
|West Bridge||Leading to Dominick St.||1342|
|New Bridge||Leading to Gaol||1819|
|Parish Chapel||Middle Street|
|Abbey Chapel||Wood Quay St.|
|Franciscan Friary||Wood Quay St.|
|Augustinian Friary||Middle St.|
|Augustinian Chapel||Middle St.|
|Dominican Nunnery||Cross Street|
|Dominican Chapel||Cross Street|
|Franciscan Chapel||Nun’s Island|
|Franciscan Nunnery||Nun’s Island|
|Augustinian Nunnery||Market St.|
|Augustinian Chapel||Market St.|
|Presentation Convent||Presentation St.|
|Presentation Chapel||Presentation St.|
|Magdalen Asylum||Lombard St.|
|Magdalen Chapel||Lombard St.|
|National School||Market St.|
|National School||Presentation Nuns|
|Roman Catholic College House||Market St.|
|New Augustinian Friary in progress of building||Back Street|
Information from the Ordnance Survey Letters:
The Ordnance Survey Letters are letters between John O'Donovan and his supervisor, Thomas Larcom, regarding the work of compiling the Field Books. These letters provide further discussion on many of the places listed in the Field Books.
References to this place can be found in the following letter.
What is a townland?:
A townland is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. They range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. Many are Gaelic in origin, but some came into existence after the Norman invasion of 1169
Information From Maps
Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
(Click on place name to view original map in new window.)
This link is not a link to the townland that you are currently researching; however, if you follow this link, you will see a search box near the top of the page which you can use to search for your townland.
Having followed this link, you will see several expandable links - each link has a plus sign on its left - on the top left of the page. Expand 'Base Information and Mapping'. Now it is possible to select the maps that you wish to view by clicking on the checkbox that is on the left of each map; this list includes the original Ordnance Survey maps.
You can select more than one map and you can use a slider to make one map more transparent than another. This allows you to view what features were present or absent at different points in time.
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Information from the National Monuments Service.
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You can use this link to view a map of archaelogical features.
This link brings you to a website wherein you will have to search for your townland.
If you notice any inaccuracies with any of the above, please e-mail
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