Kirwan’s Lane is Galway’s best example of it’s old medieval lanes and dates back as far as the 16th century.
It is believed to be one of only 5 remaining medieval lanes in the City, of which there were originally 14. Many relics of 16th and 17th century architecture still remain on Kirwan’s Lane, highlighting the medieval layout and design of the street plans back in the 16 century.
The lane received its name from the Kirwan family, one of the 14 tribes of Galway. In 1783, Dick Martin (whom married a Kirwan) opened a 100 seater theatre on the lane, which played host to many famous actors, most notably, the patriot Theobald Wolfe Tone.
Today, Kirwan’s lane, which still holds it medieval qualities, is home to a number of unique craft shops.