"Galway's famous story - Part 1" Top 5 Page for this destination Lynch's Castle Tip by sourbugger

Lynch's Castle, Galway: 8 reviews and 7 photos

This story is always told to vistors of Galway :

In 1493, James Lynch became the mayor of this fair city. He subsequently spent a year in spain staying with a merchant family, to build up his merchant business. At the end of the year, he returned the compliment by bringing back a young Spanish lad, Gomez, to Galway.

James puts up Gomez with his own son. His son is regarded as a bit of a playboy, with legions of women swooning at his feet. He thought that the presence of this good catholic boy would quiten his offspring down. And the name of this sex god ? - Walter.

James was also trying to arrange a marriage between Walter and Agnes of the Blake family. As these stories always go, she was the most beautiful woman in all of Galway.

A dance was arranged at the Blake family castle. This building still exists (next to Jury's inn) and runs as KC' Blakes Brasseries. Unfortunately nothing remains of the old interior.

To return to the dance. Agnes is standing in the middle in all her finery, and who should appear at the door ? Gomez looking radient. She is gob-smacked - it's love at first sight. Walter (as you can imagine) is not exactly impressed. He marches over to her and demands an explanation. They depart from each other, both angry and annoyed.

What happens next ? Find out in Part 2

Address: Corner of Upper Abbeygate Street and Shop Street,
Directions: Historical centre
Website: http://www.discoverireland.ie/

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  • Written Nov 1, 2007
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