Medieval and Post Medieval

Home/Medieval and Post Medieval

Spandrel with Rose and Foliage

Spandrel with Rose and Foliage Late 1400s/Early 1500s window spandrel. The left panel is decorated with leaf-like motifs, while the right bears a rose with three concentric rows of petals. A small central dot shows that the flower was laid out with the help of a compass. The rose is one of the [...]

Spandrel with Piper and Dog

Spandrel with Piper and Dog Late 1400s window spandrel, the left side of which shows a dog on its hind legs and the right side shows a man in robes playing the bagpipes, a wind instrument. Museum Reg. Comerford House Collection Location: Display  

Lion Head Fragment

Lion Head Fragment Limestone block with a lion head from a chimney piece at Quay Lane, Galway dating to the late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century.. Museum Reg. Comerford House Collection Location: Storage

Chalice Veil

Chalice Veil Chalice veil with metal thread and silk embroidery. Initialled’ B.K.’ (Bridget Kirwan) and dated 1683 in Roman numerals. This piece was most likely completed in Spain and brought back to Ireland by Sr. Julian Nolan and Sr. Mary Lynch in 1686. A note was discovered inside the veil when [...]

Heraldic Fireplace Keystone – 1641

Heraldic Fireplace Keystone, 1641 Heraldic chimney piece, 1641 which displays the arms of the Martin or Martyn family, one of the fourteen so-called ‘Tribes of Galway’. The arms feature a Calvary cross between a shining sun and crescent moon. Although this grey stone fragment may appear drab, heraldic chimney pieces such as this [...]

Heraldic Fireplace Keystone – 1626

Heraldic Fireplace Keystone, 1626 Heraldic chimney piece, 1626 which formed the central keystone over a fireplace. This ornate example is carved with the arms of the French or Ffrench family, one of the fourteen so-called ‘Tribes of Galway’. The arms feature a chevron (an upside-down V-shape) and an ermine, symbolising the white winter [...]

Gun Money

Gun Money James II gunmoney so-called as it is believed to have been produced from brass cannons. Gunmoney was essentially token coinage which could be redeemed if and when James II was successful in his struggle with William III during the Williamite War (1689-91). In the end, the [...]

Statue of Our Lady

Statue of Our Lady Seventeenth-century wooden statue of Our Lady with the infant Jesus, in the baroque style, known as Our Lady of Galway, possibly of Italian origin. The statue, which belonged to the Dominican Sisters, Galway has been adorned with a much later jeweled crown and set of [...]

Cannon Ball

Cannon Ball Late medieval limestone cannon ball which had been re-used at High St, Galway as a building stone. Museum Reg. Comerford House Collection Location: Storage

Chalice Veil

Chalice Veil Embroidered chalice veil with the initials 'B.L' believed to be Bridget Lynch and the date 1708. Bridget Lynch and her sisters were professed in 1691. Donation Museum Reg. GCM2011:011:008 Location: Storage

Galway City Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday

Admission is FREE but TICKETS are an essential requirement. By clicking BOOK TICKET on this page, visitors can choose from one of four daily time slots, 10am; 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm. Tickets will need to be presented as a printout OR on your mobile phone at the main entrance.  Visitors are asked to review the museum’s reopening guidelines on Eventbrite when making their booking.

Museum Information