The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum is a very small museum housed in a watchtower for fishermen. It is one of the most historic monuments in the city of Galway. An interesting place, entirely dedicated to the history of fishing in Galway: insight into ancestral techniques, rare objects and period photographs are on display!
Built in 1852 by the Ashworth brothers, this building, unique in Ireland, was originally designed as a station for the manufacture of fishing nets, a technique widely used by the town from the 19th century onwards.
The building also served as a watchtower for the staff responsible for monitoring fish stocks and illegal fishing activities along the river.
Nowadays, the tower is no longer used for these purposes, and has been converted into a local museum, passionately telling the daily life of the town’s fishermen, the way they fish, their ancient instruments and other specific tools…etc. The museum has an incredible amount of information and photos, and offers a magnificent view of Galway, the river and its surroundings.
A nice collection of souvenirs, which will delight fishing enthusiasts in general.
Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Duration time: 30 minutes