"Galway's famous story - part 3" Top 5 Page for this destination Lynch's Castle Tip by sourbugger

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

  Lynch's castle, shop street
by sourbugger

to return to the story of Walter....

Walter in now held in the dungeon of the jail next to his home in Lynch's castle. It is said that most of the town (about 3,000 souls) thronged the streets. They demanded that Walter be set free. James Lynch was certainly the mayor, but the job also meant that he was the chief magistrate and executioner. During the summary trial he found his own son quilty of murder.

The mob shouted that they would kill James if he went ahead with the execution. Many people think that this is the origin of the term 'Lynch mob'. It seems to fit, but it is in fact a Galway myth - the term has American origins.

It is said that on that night James descended into the dungeon.

Walter asked "Father do I have anything to hope for ?" to which the reply was :

"No my son, your life is forfeited by laws, at sunrise you must die".

What happens next ? Find out in part 4

Address: Galway city
Directions: Historical centre
Website: http://www.discoverireland.ie/

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  • Updated Apr 24, 2008
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