Situated just off Cross Street, Kirwan's lane features the best of Galway's medieval heritage. The Lane, which stood in ruins for many years, has been recently revamped and restored to its former splendor. It was here in the late 18th century that Richard Martin built a 100 seat theatre for his wife. The theatre saw many acclaimed performances in its day, and among those to tread the boards were the rebel patriot, Theobald Wolfe Tone, Richard Martin himself, and his wife. Other notable buildings on the Lane were two nunneries. Kirwan's Lane is now home to a number of unique craft shops, including Design Concourse Ireland, which features the best of Irish craftwork.
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