Eyre Square is located right in the heart of Galway City. It dates back to medieval times when food and livestock markets took place on the open space in front of the city walls. In 1710, Mayor of Galway, Edward Eyre, gifted the plot of land to the city.
The Square's official name is the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park and there is a statue of President Kennedy, a Freeman of the city, in the area where he made a speech to 100,000 Galwegians in 1963, which was to be his last trip to Ireland before his assassination.
The Galway City Museum is located in one of the most historic parts of Galway, Spanish Arch, near the old city quays. It was built behind the famous Spanish Arch and houses exhibitions exploring aspects of the history and heritage of Galway City.
Ongoing exhibitions include Galway, Within the Walls (Medieval Galway), Routes to the Past (Prehistoric Galway); Pádraic Ó Conaire: the Man and the Statue, The Galway Hooker and SeaScienc, all worthy of a visit. The Museum is also home to two iconic symbols of the city, the statue of Padraic Ó Conaire and a traditional sailing vessel (Galway Hooker), named ‘Máirtín Oliver’, which was built specifically for the Museum.