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Are you kidding me, this attraction is a bank!

There might be a good monkey story behind the history of Lynch’s Castle but an attraction it is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Now an AIB Bank

This place is literally just a bank now- it's a nice building to walk past on Shop Street, but I... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2018
Dundalk, Ireland
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Lynch's Castle 40 Shop Street, Galway, Ireland
+353 91 567 041
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There might be a good monkey story behind the history of Lynch’s Castle but an attraction it is not! We walked straight past it in our first attempt to see the castle as the reality is that it is now a bank with an ATM...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank FlyingTheCoop
Reviewed 19 November 2018

This place is literally just a bank now- it's a nice building to walk past on Shop Street, but I didn't even realise that it was a historic building of any sort until much later since the AIB sign is on the building

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jessmurphy99
Reviewed 2 November 2018

I don't know what to tell you - the thing is an Allied Irish Bank. ATMs are conveniently located to the side and it is an excellent landmark to meet people at. Also there is a monkey holding a baby.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 474Lee24
Reviewed 21 October 2018

I made an error in my post about the Lynch Castle. I wrote that I did not believe that Lynch hanged his own son but apparently he did hang his son, believed guilty of a local murder.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank magicbird1
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Really interesting history to the AIB Bank building. Fantastic original features still preserved on the outside & the entrance to the bank. Worth a pop-in.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ChiefCrowLeg
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

This Medieval building (now a bank) is interesting to see as you stroll be. I wouldn’t go out of my way for it but since it is on Shop Street bear the Latin Quarter you are likely to walk by it anyhow so pause and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AlexanderD
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

You’ll need a tour guide to explain the history of Lynch Castle - fortunately we had Brian Nolan of Galway Walking tours to give us the stories of the Lynch family and Castle. It’s right on Shop Street so you can’t miss it while walking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 836thomasd
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Fascinating story about the monkey and the infant. Lynch was a prominent family in Galway but Lynch's wife was unable to conceive a child, much to the family's grief. Lynch, who traveled extensively, brought back a monkey as pet. Then 7 years into marriage Lynch's...More

Date of experience: June 2018
5  Thank magicbird1
Reviewed 24 June 2018

You definitely need a travel guide to tell you what this is. It is now a bank so no one goes in unless you are a customer. We walked right by it the first time before realizing that it had historical significance.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Julie Anna G
Reviewed 21 June 2018

it is a very small antechamber of a bank housed in history house, but it was interesting to hear of the Norman occupiers story.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Michelle L
7 February 2017|
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Response from magicbird1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Michelle, Just read your post about being a Lynch descendant. Fascinating story about the Lynch family in Galway! Galway was beautiful, as was all of the area of ireland I saw on my June 2018 trip. I, and I'm sure... More
Nancy H
20 July 2015|
Response from magicbird1 | Reviewed this property |
Dear Nancy, I recently posted an answer to your question about the monkey carving at Lynch Castle, having just been to Ireland myself in June 2018.