Eyre-Square

Brownes Doorway

Brownes Doorway has an interesting history. It stands rather out of place on Galway’s Eyre Square, but this wasn’t always the case. It’s actually all that remains of an old mansion that originally presided over Lower Abbey Gate Street. Specifically, Browne’s Gate is the doorway and window of the house.

The original house was built in the early 17th century (possibly even earlier than that), and it housed a prominent merchant who lived and conducted business in Galway. The house was ultimately destroyed, but the doorway and window were moved here to Eyre Square in 1905.

On the left-hand side of the doorway, you’ll see the crest and coat of arms of the Browne family. The carvings on the opposite side of the door pay tribute to the Lynch family (of Lynch Castle fame). The Brownes and the Lynches were two of the most influential families in Galway.

Geo-Coordinates:    Latitude: 53.273910    Longitude: -9.049473