• LOCATION 12 | A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas

    Tig Neachtain's and the venerable Richard Martin

    Tig Neachtain's and the venerable Richard Martin on Galway audio tour A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas

    Stop here, where it safe to do so and you don't obstruct pedestrians. I'll tell you about Tig Neachtain's.

    The pub was originally the townhouse of Richard Martin. The Martins were large landowners and one of the Tribes of Galway. The Martins were one of the 14 Tribes of Galway. The 14 tribes were merchant families who benefited most from the incorporation of the city in 1484. Of the 14 families, 12 were of English origin and two were of Irish origin. They often intermarried in order to hold power. Their stately home was at Ballynahinch Castle set in the rugged beauty of Connemara. Richard Martin was a member of parliament for Galway and his townhouse was located where Tig Neachtain’s Pub is today. Martin built also built theatre just around the corner from here. This was to occupy his wife Elizabeth and indulge her passion for acting.

    Let's keep moving. I'll tell you more as we walk. Just continue walking straight ahead.

    Martin was renowned for his love of animals and founded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals RSPCA, for which he received the nickname, Humanity Dick! However, Martin was also known for his temper and was notorious for the many duels he participated in during his life, earning his other nickname, Hair Trigger Dicky!

    Keep going, through the roundabout ahead to Market Street, where we will visit the most historic building in Galway, Saint Nicholas Church.

A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas