Found at the entrance to Claddagh and near the bridge over the River Corrib is a statue of Thomas Burke (Tomas de Burca).

Thomas Nicholas Burke (1830-1883) was a famous Dominican preacher and writer. He was born in Galway and was educated in Italy. He was a strong Nationalist and attracted great attention for his preaching and lectures. He died in Dublin.

His chief writings included "Ireland's Vindication: Refutation of Froude and Other Lectures" (1872) and "Lecturer on Faith and Fatherland" (1874).

The Spanish Arch is found on the other side of the bridge.

Burke statue 

Claddagh Welcome Sign