The Tribes of Galway

“the merchants are rich, and great adventurers at the sea; their commonaltie is composed of descendents of the ancient English families of the towne; and rarely admit any new English among them, and never any of the Irish; they keep good hospitalitie, are kind to strangers, and in the manner of entertainment , and in fashinninge, and appraralinge themselves and theire wives, do most preserve the ancient manner and state, as much as any town I ever saw” (Oliver st. John’s description of Galway c.1614).Want to know more?