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Lynchs Castle
11-OCT-2010 Frank Brault

Lynch's Castle

Galway City, County Galway, Ireland

Built in the early 16th century Lynch's Castle was the historic home of Galway's most powerful family. A limestone building, it is an example of the Irish Gothic style. Its heavily carved facade bears the arms of Henry VIII. It is located at the corner of Shop Street and Abbeygate Street. The 1651 Pictorial Map of the city shows fourteen lavish merchant homes. Lynch's Castle alone survives intact.
It is alleged that the son (who was found guilty of murdering a Spaniard who winked at his girlfriend) of Mayor James Lynch Fitz Stephen, was hanged there by his father. That story may not be true, but many believe it is the the origen of the word "lynching". (Sources from the Web.)

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j>a>e>17 :):):)29-Apr-2011 00:25
LOL!!!! another bank takeover!!!! LOL!!!! :):):):)
bill friedlander19-Nov-2010 17:53
Interesting story behind the the old castle. Looks in pretty good shape for its age. V
Martha Albuquerque19-Nov-2010 02:04
Thanks for the history of it, Frank! Lovely façade! <3