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The Lynch Memorial

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Address: Market Street, Galway, Ireland
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+353 91 563 081

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Interesting story

This is an interesting wall/memorial. It's just off the main tourist street in Galway, so there is really no reason to not stop by and see it before deciding on somewhere to eat... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 December 2016
Novato, California
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Novato, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is an interesting wall/memorial. It's just off the main tourist street in Galway, so there is really no reason to not stop by and see it before deciding on somewhere to eat or whatever it is you're doing. It's also a pokestop if you or your kids are playing that game.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The Lynch Memorial commemorates the hanging of his own son by Mayor Lynch in the late 15th century for the murder at sea of a young Spaniard. Unable to reach the public gallows due to a crowd wishing to have the son reprieved, Mayor Lynch hanged his son from a window of his own home in full view of the... More 

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Mayor of Galway in the 15th Century hangs his condemned son for murder and this memorial marks the spot

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Lynch Memorial, situated in the vibrant Market Street, is of passing historic interest and has a story behind it from which the word 'lynch' has taken its meaning.

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La Quinta, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2014

Easy to walk by without noticing, but I found it to be an interesting part of the history of Galway. The church that is close by is beautiful.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Sad story of how The Lord Mayor (also town judge) had to lynch his own son after he murdered another man. This mock up shows the window in which it carried out, located behind St Nicolas' Church.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Hearing the history of the Lynch family and their importance in the city of Galway throughout decades and decades, the term lynching definitely comes to mind. In the 15th century, Galway Mayor James Lynch, found out that his son had not only done some embezzlement of family monies while being sent to secure a large amount of wine but also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

Every city has good and bad people... And sometimes bad things happen to good people. Turns out the mayor and his ill-fated son were loved and beloved, but justice needed to be served and since the city people wouldn't allow the mayor to bring his son to justice (hanging), he carried out the law and hung him outside the window... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

The famous window is set in a stone facade. There is a local tradition that on of the Galway's former mayors James Lynch FitzStephen, hanged his son from the window of his home in 1493. Lynch's son had murdered a Spainish man in the care of the family. Lynch's Window stands in Market Street at the side of St. Nicholas'... More 

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