Fourteen families from the medieval Irish lower-classes rose to become Galway’s prime merchant families, nicknamed the “tribus Galvia” in the 1600s. The families of Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, Darcy, Deane, Font, French, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martyn, Morris, Skerrett, have been THE TRIBES OF GALWAY ever since. Over the course of four centuries, they and their fellow Galwegians survived and and thrived against warlords and sieges, during economic booms and busts, times of plenty, famine, and plague. All within Europe’s most westerly urban settlement. This is their story.