Galway's most important medieval street is home to Busker Browne's Pub which
contains part of the 'Slate Nunnery', given to the Dominican nuns in 1686 by
John Kirwan. Further down the lane is were Wolfe Tone played in the little
theatre founded by 'Humanity' Dick Martin in the 18th century.
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.