Peadar O’Dowd is a native of Galway City and writes the heritage column for the Connacht Sentinel newspaper. He is also the author of a wide range of books on his native place including 'Old and New Galway', 'Vanishing Galway', 'Galway – Heart of the West', Down by the Claddagh', 'Galway City', 'Galway in Old Photographs, 'The History of County Galway', etc. His most recent work includes a trilogy of works containing short stories with a Galway flavour. He has also contributed numerous articles of a historical and archaeological nature to newspapers, magazines and journals. He has lectured in Ireland and America, appeared on radio and television, and conducts educational tours of his native city and county.