Galway, the capital of Connacht, lies at the mouth of the River Corrib, on the north-east shore of the beautiful Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. Founded by the de Burgh family in the early thirteenth century, Galway was an Anglo- Norman colony within a Gaelic hinterland. A walled town developed and, under the control of fourteen merchant families (the Tribes of Galway), prospered as a result of trade links with the continent. Galway has changed dramatically in recent decades but has still managed to retain much of its historic character. Today, it is a modern and thriving city, and a centre of culture, learning and industry. Galway City Through Time combines archive and contemporary images with informative captions to tell the story of this remarkable city and its people.
Brendan McGowan is a local historian, a freelance writer and Development Officer at Galway City Museum. He holds MA degrees from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Irish Heritage Studies) and the University of Ulster (Museum Practice & Management). Since graduating, he has worked for the National Museum of Ireland and Galway City Museum. He has also worked as a freelance writer for National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland and also co-ordinate's the website and image archive for Untold Stories: The Leeds Irish Community. Last year he self-published Eyre Square 300: Aspects of its History, and is interested in the history of Ireland through both photographic and textual formats. Tanya Williams is a local freelance photographer. After graduating from the Crawford Art College, Cork, with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, she followed on to complete the H-Dip for Art & Design and now pursues a career in professional photography and teaching. Tanya recently worked with Brendan on the book Eyre Square 300: Aspects of its History, in which she provided contemporary shots to compliment archive images.