Ireland — More on Galway, including lunch


Galway, Ireland

We’ll start this week still in Galway, where I’ll also show off our choice of lunch restaurants. As you may recall from last week, we were on our own time during this visit to the picturesque Shop Street and Quay Street areas of Galway. Down on Quay Street we found quite an array of restaurants and eating establishments.

The Quays Bar and Restaurant
Riordan’s Irish Café is now Galway Oyster House
Another view of . . .
. . . The Quays

You would think that with all the photographs I took of The Quays that it was our choice. Alas, no. We were actually salivating over a place called McDonagh’s, which featured fish and chips. But the wait was uncomfortably long for our be-back time to the bus. So, instead, we hit this place:

The Quay Street Kitchen

We were not disappointed. The food was excellent.

The Quay Street Kitchen

Unfortunately, I neglected to photograph our menu choices, but here’s a view of that day’s specials:

I had the battered cod and chips

As you can see, I still managed to get my battered cod and chips. Time to head back up Quay Street toward Shop Street and rendezvous with our bus.

Quay Street

Back again on Shop Street is this famous building:

Lynch’s Castle

Lynch’s Castle has quite the history. While the structure you see today dates back to the 16th century, portions of it go back to the 14th century. Today it houses a bank, but it originally it was a mansion built for the powerful Lynch family.

Lynch’s Castle

You may be familiar with the legend of Galway Mayor James Lynch fitz Stephen. In 1493 Mayor fitz Stephen had the unpleasant task of sentencing his son to hang for murder. The mayor personally carried out the sentence.

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