We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cúirt Literary Trail

Cúirt tour of Galway's poetry and prose plaques
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 3.3 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview :  Enjoy a tour celebrating great writing on Galway, which features prose and poetry cast onto bronze plaques and erected for public... more »

Take this guide with you!

Save to mobile
Get this guide & thousands of others on your mobile phone
EveryTrail guides are created by travelers like you.
  1. 1. Download the EveryTrail app from the App Store
  2. 2. Search for the Cúirt Literary Trail guide
  3. 3. Enjoy your self-guided tour
Get the app

Points of Interest

1. Start - Quadrangle building NUIG

The historic 19th century Quadrangle building at the National University of Ireland, Galway, which first opened its doors to 63 students on 30th October 1849.

2. Uncle Phillip by Roger McGough

The first plaque on the tour presents ‘Uncle Philip’ by the renowned English poet Roger McGough, and features illustrations by Tom Matthews. It is located in the Children’s Millennium Playground on the wall by the end of the entrance ramp.

3. Bright City by Moya Cannon

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the canal to where Moya Cannon’s ‘Bright City’ can be found on the Claddagh side of Wolfe Tone Bridge. Some of the swans mentioned in the poem might be encountered on your way to the next stop.

4. The Rain on the Wind by Walter Macken

Situated in the Claddagh area is an extract from Walter Macken’s The Rain on the Wind. This plaque was unveiled during Cúirt 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Galway writer’s passing.

5. Galway by Louis McNeice

A plaque dedicated to Louis McNeice, featuring his poem ‘Galway,’ is impressively located at the end of Nimmo’s Pier. Louis wrote this poem on the pier in 1939 after hearing the news of the beginning of World War II.

6. Girl's Bathing by Seamus Heaney

From Nimmo’s Pier the tour takes in the beautiful seaside sights and sounds of the Long Walk and the Salthill Promenade. Seamus Heaney’s ‘Girls Bathing, Galway, 1965’ is located by Ladies’ Beach across the road from the Galway Bay Hotel.

7. Fear na Lasraí by Máirtín O’Direáin

Just a short walk further down the promenade will bring you to the final stop on the tour. Across the path from the yellow swimmer’s shelter is a plaque featuring ‘Fear na Lasraí’, or, ‘The Lamplighter’, by Máirtín O’Direáin, who was once known as Ireland’s unofficial ‘Poet Laureate’.