Survey Data

Reg No

30314030


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Social


Original Use

Post office


In Use As

Post office


Date

1840 - 1880


Coordinates

129865, 225366


Date Recorded

04/09/2008


Date Updated

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Description

Corner-sited attached five-bay three-storey post office, built c.1860, having arcaded ground floor to front, four-bay side elevation and multiple recent additions to rear. Flat roof with concealed rainwater goods, and having oversailing eaves with render brackets. Front elevation has painted tiled walls to upper floors, and chamfered limestone plinth. Square-headed window openings having raised render surrounds and replacement timber casement windows to upper storeys and to south-east side elevation. Camber-headed recessed openings to ground floor of front elevation, windows having stall risers with brass-framed tiles and raised tooled limestone reveals, timber sills with metal-framed casement windows. Main entrance doorway with timber canopy and replacement double-leaf battened timber doors with paned overlight and limestone steps. Marble tile pilasters between openings with limestone plinths. Opening giving access to internal porch with timber glazed panels and doors. Square-headed door opening to south-east elevation having raised render surround and replacement timber glazed fire door.

Appraisal

This imposing structure is a striking feature of the Galway streetscape. Its well balanced façade is much enlivened by the contrasting cambered and square-headed windows and the interesting tiles which cover the walls. On a cultural note, Máirtín Ó Direáin, the famed Irish-language poet who worked as a postal clerk here between 1928 and 1937.