The Splendor of Eyre Square (Irish: An Fhaiche Mhór), also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park)...
Erected in 1984, the Galway Hooker statue commemorates the 500th Anniversary of the incorporation of Galway City as a borough with Mayoral Status. It symbolises the importance of the sea for trade in Galway. The hooker sails were designed by renowned architect and sculptor Éamonn O'Doherty as part of a fountain erected to mark the quincentennial of Galway's incorporation. However, the fountain under the sculpture is no longer functioning.
The Browne Doorway may seem out of place on Galway’s Eyre Square, but this wasn’t always the case. It’s actually all that remains of an old mansion that originally presided on Abbeygate Lower Street. Specifically, Browne’s Gate is the doorway and window of the house.
The original house was built in the early 17th century, and it housed a prominent merchant who lived and conducted business in Galway. The house was ultimately destroyed, but the doorway and window were moved to Eyre Square in 1905.
On the left side of the doorway, you’ll see the crest and coat of arms of the Browne family. The carvings on the right side pay tribute to the Lynch family (of Lynch Castle fame). The Brownes and the Lynches were two of the most influential families in Galway.