Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra

Galway’s cathedral may be relatively young, but the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra is unquestionably ancient. It was founded in 1320, and was named for the patron saint of sailors due to Galway’s prominent role as a seaport. This parish church may have once welcomed one of the most famous maritime celebrities of all time. Legend has it that Christopher Columbus stopped here to pray on a visit to Galway in 1477.

St Nicholas’ Church has been through several changes throughout its history. It has switched between Catholicism and Protestantism several times before ultimately settling on Church of Ireland status (i.e. Catholicism). Much of the existing infrastructure was added after its foundation, though some original elements remain.

On-site highlights include a crusader’s tomb that dates to the 1100s, which makes it older than the church itself. The stone-carved lectern is also remarkable. Guided tours can be arranged on request.

Geo-Coordinates:    Latitude: 53.272770    Longitude: -9.053660