Wednesday 13 December 2017

Tribal war

• I watched with interest last Monday night's 'Creedon's Cities' programme on Galway, and particularly enjoyed the segments on the Claddagh and the Poor Clares.

However, the programme was let down by some particularly poor research. Mr Creedon refers to Galway's "Tribes" as Gaelic Chieftains (mentioning the Joyces, Martins and Blakes). On the contrary, Galway was very much an Anglo-Norman town. In fact, in 1518, Galway Corporation enacted a bye-law prohibiting interaction with the Gaelic Irish.

And indeed, the Blakes of Galway were of British extraction. The Blakes, according to 'Hardiman's Definitive History of Galway' (1820), came to Ireland with Strongbow during the reign of Henry II.

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