The Lynch Memorial
Stop here in front of the stone ruins on your right, when it’s safe to do so.
This is the Lynch Memorial Window, and I'll tell you an infamous tale which involved one of the city's Mayors, James Lynch. James Lynch was mayor from 1493. The merchant families of Galway grew rich through trade, in particular the importation of wine from Spain. To cement these relationships, a young man named Gomez from Cadiz was invited to Galway. He was naturally muscular, intelligent, and highly gifted and his unusual looks caught the eye of the Galway girls. The mayor’s son Walter was betrothed to a one Agnes Browne. One night, while walking home, he spied Gomez leaving the young girl's house. In a drunken jealous rage, he followed the young Spaniard and in a dark laneway stabbed Gomez to death, disposing of his body by the mouth of the river.
The young Walter could not live with his conscience and soon confessed all. He was hauled in front of his father, who as mayor had the power of life and death. James Lynch ordered that justice must prevail in Galway and ordered him hanged by the neck. However, the citizens of Galway gathered and knowing and liking the young Walter could not bring themselves to execute the sentence. Mayor James Lynch then took control, he tied a rope around the young man and pushed him out of an upper window of his castle! It is said that this is where the word “A Lynching “came about. Now you can believe it or not but as we say in Ireland, never let the truth get in the way of a good story!
Let's keep moving now. Cycle down to the end of the street.