Galway - Within the Walls
17th Century Galway 'Street View'
RealSim’s team of archaeological researchers and 3D artists have turned the extraordinarily detailed 1651 Pictorial Map of Galway into a highly realistic and interactive 3D representation now on display at Galway City Museum. What sets this model apart is a simple interchange which allows users to travel back to the future by seamlessly toggling between the modern and medieval streets. One viewer has described this as “17th century Street View”. Visitors can experience this magical addition to the Medieval exhibition on the ground floor of museum.
A Portugese Faience vase* found at Quay St, Galway and dated to 1600-1650 features in the Galway - Within the Walls exhibition
Little is known about Galway prior to the 12th century. Galway first appears in recorded history as the place where Toirdhealbhach Ó Conchobhair, king of Connacht erected a fortification at Bun na Gaillimhe (the mouth of the River Galway).
In 1230 the Anglo-Norman Richard de Burgo fought with Gaelic Irish at Galway but was forced to withdraw. Richard returned in 1232 and built the first stone castle in Galway. Richard's son Walter is credited with establishing the walled town at Galway having granted the citizens their first mural charter c. 1270, which allowed them the right to levy tolls on goods to finance the building of the town walls.
This exhibition tells the story of life in medieval Galway and its residents, in times of fortune and strife. It features a large selection of archaeological artefacts found in the City in recent years.
*Image courtesy of the Dept. of Archaeology, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI, Galway and the National Museum of Ireland