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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.