Currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway, Jillian is thrilled for this opportunity to share the city that she’s fallen in love with with guests from all over the world.
From the small state of Vermont in the U.S., Jillian first fell in love with photography at the age of 13, and it has only grown stronger since. Wherever she goes, she always has a camera in hand, as she loves to capture moments for her memories later.
When she’s not adventuring around Galway, you can find her by the sea reading a book; knees-deep in homework; cross-stitching with a cup of tea nearby; or near a stage somewhere.
She is excited to be your tour guide, and show you some of her favorite spots to be and take photos of!
Located on Dominic Street in the West end of Galway City is one of the most respected music venues in Ireland. “Roisin Dubh” is a Gaelic term meaning Black Rose in English. It was the symbol of Ancient Druids from the area and also a famous political song in Irish History. Pronounced Row sheen Dove, the list of people to have played in this intimate venue is astounding. Greats such as Ray Manzarek, John Paul Jones and Steve Earle have all played here as well as Irish legends such as Christy Moore, The Frames, The Saw Doctors and Andy Irvine.
Was built in 1584 but is an extension of the 12th century Norman -built town wall, which stretched from Martin’s Tower to the riverbank. It housed soldiers who kept watch and manned cannons on the roof. Constructed by Wylliam Martin, the 34th mayor of Galway, it was first known as Ceann an Bhalla (‘the head of the wall’) but later became known as the Spanish Arch. This misnomer is thought to be a reference to the former merchant trade with Spain and Spanish galleons, which often docked here. In medieval times, European ships carrying cargo of wine and spices sold their goods at the docks. In fact, Christopher Columbus visited in 1477.
Was built is the oldest surviving bridge over the River Corrib. The original purpose of the structure was to link the county courthouse with the county gaol on Nun’s Island, the latter having stood where Galway Cathedral now stands. It was also to provide a connection with the main road to Connemara. Between April and July the bridge offers a great viewing point to watch the silvery salmon below, fight their way upstream, back to their traditional spawning grounds on Lough Corrib.
Of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, commonly known as Galway Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Galway, Ireland, and one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city. Construction began in 1958 on the site of the old city prison.
Contains many relics of 16th and 17th century architecture. It is located in the centre of the area that was originally within the city walls, and is named after one of Galway’s fourteen “tribes” – the families who ruled the town for several centuries. Its complete restoration has pumped life back into the heart of the historical town centre. Now home to cafes, restaurants and craft-shops, the lane captures the atmosphere of old Galway.
Has a rich history dating back to medieval times when markets took place on the green in front of the town gates. In 1710, Mayor Edward Eyre officially presented the plot of land to the city. It remains a popular gathering place for visitors and natives alike and the grass areas are often packed on sunny days. There is also a playground here and seasonal markets take place throughout the year.
Discover mystery locations on your tour, this will be decided on the day with the weather, fresh Grafitti, preference of the guests on the tour and new Instagrammable locations being found by our InstaGuides. You will find out at the start of each tour where you’ll find the best hidden gems.