Thomas Dillon’s at no.1 Quay Street also presents to the public, at no charge, a beautiful collection of photos from the owner’s private collection of Old Galway. Artefacts of the cities past include stone axe heads from the stone age and relics from the penal times when the Irish were forbidden to celebrate their religion. Memorabilia from the famine and the years that followed show again a city that struggled as it grew and succeeded in the end in becoming the city that it now is. Galway is now a lively, exciting and prosperous city. Its modern efficiency blends well with its air of historical importance and it is a model of how past and present, Irish and Anglo-Irish, culture and industry, scholarship and technology, may be combined in one vibrant living space.
The Original Claddagh Ring is appropriately on sale in Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Gold as it is one of the town’s symbols for its capacity for resurrection.