Lynch’s Memorial Window, Local Attraction, Galway

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: June 21, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Galway
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This is one of Galway’s great stories. It is said that in 1493, the mayor and magistrate of Galway James Lynch FitzStephen, hanged his own son from the window of his home. Lynch's son confessed to have murdered a man, a Spanish merchant sailor in the care of the family who had romanced his girlfriend. When no one could be found to carry out the execution, Judge Lynch hanged (or lynched as the practice became known around the world after this event) his son himself, ensuring that justice prevailed, before retiring into seclusion. The memorial is now embedded in stone above a Gothic doorway on Market Street near the graveyard at St. Nicholas’s Church.

1. Lynch's Memorial Window, Local Attraction, Galway

Altitude: 9 m