Spanish Arch, Galway (must see)
The term "Spanish Arch" may refer to Galway's close trade relationship with Spain in the middle Ages. In the 1700s the Eyre family built an extension of the quays called the Long Walk. They created an arch to provide access from the town to the quays. The Arch was called the "Eyre Arch" at the time it was built, but "Spanish" is the name that stuck.
A Tsunami from the 1755 Lisbon earthquake heavily damaged the arches. The arches and the walk survived. In 2006 the Galway City Museum no longer was housed at the arches. The new, dedicated museum was located behind the arches. The Spanish Arch appears in the 1957 film "The Rising of the Moon."
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