TASTING ROOM

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WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT OPENING OUR TASTING ROOM AND SHOP IN GALWAY CITY. WE ARE HOPING TO BE OPEN THIS SIDE OF CHRISTMAS AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THE JOURNEY AND PROCESS WITH YOU. FIRST AS WAY OF INTRODUCTION - A BREIF INSIGHT INTO THE AREA AND THE HISTORY OF OUR NEW COMMUNITY ON DOMINICK STREET. 

LOCAL COMMUNITY HISTORY 

THE TASTING ROOM WILL BE LOCATED ON LOWER DOMINICK STREET ON THE WEST SIDE OF GALWAY CITY.  THE ENTIRE LOWER DOMINICK STREET AREA IS AN ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION AREA. THE STREET WAS NAMED AFTER THE DOMINICANS WHO ESTABLISHED A MONASTERY IN THE WEST OF THE MEDIEVAL CITY OF GALWAY IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY.

MAPS DATING FROM 1610 AND 1651 SHOW DOMINICK STREET AS A NARROW LANE LINED BY CABINS. THESE CABINS WERE BURNT DURING THE UNREST OF 1651. LATER MAPS, SUCH AS THE ONE BELOW, DATING FROM THE 1800'S SHOW THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF THE STREET AS AN ALMOST CONTINUOUS TERRACE, WITH MOST BUILDINGS WHICH FORM THE MODERN STREET IN PLACE AT THIS TIME.

EXTRACT OF GALWAY CITY MAP 1872

EXTRACT OF GALWAY CITY MAP 1872

THE BUILDING IN WHICH NO. 31 IS LOCATED IS DATED IN THE NATIONAL INVENTORY OF ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE BY DÚCHAS (THE NATIONAL HERITAGE SERVICE) TO c.1800 AND GIVES THE BUILDING LOCAL SIGNIFICANCE.

THE AREA OF THE TASTING ROOM FORMS PART OF A TERRACED 5 BAY, 3 STOREY BUILDING, CLAD WITH LIMESTONE. THE TASTING ROOM WAS ORIGINALLY THE KITCHEN OF THE LARGE HOUSE, WITH THE OLD STOVE STILL PRESENT IN THE WALL. 

WHEN THE O'BEIRN FAMILY, WHO STILL OWN THE BUILDING, OPENED A PHARMACY IN THE 1900'S, THEY DID SO IN THIS ROOM. NO.31 OPERATED AS O'BEIRN'S PHARMACY FOR MOST OF THE LAST CENTURY. 

PHOTO c 1865 (GALWAY ADVERTISER)  NO.31 IS ON THE LEFT OF THE PICTURE JUST OUT OF SHOT, IT IS THE SECOND BUILDING UP. 

PHOTO c 1865 (GALWAY ADVERTISER) 

NO.31 IS ON THE LEFT OF THE PICTURE JUST OUT OF SHOT, IT IS THE SECOND BUILDING UP. 

A PICTURE FROM 1971 (CONNAUGHT TRIBUNE)  YOU CAN SEE THE 'CHEMIST' SIGN HANGING ABOVE THE SHOP FRONT.  

A PICTURE FROM 1971 (CONNAUGHT TRIBUNE) 

YOU CAN SEE THE 'CHEMIST' SIGN HANGING ABOVE THE SHOP FRONT.  

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