Much of the joy of writing Galway Bay came from the amazing stories and facts I discovered through more than 30 years of reading texts of all kinds in libraries big and small. I found wonderful local histories, typed lovingly in manuscript form, in local libraries in Ireland and in collections of papers such as those in the Chicago History Museum.
This research forms the foundation of Galway Bay. And now with the advent of the Internet these institutions are accessible online, though I found great inspiration in visiting them and actually touching history.
Libraries and Special Collections:
Ballinasloe Library (Co. Galway, Ireland)
Chicago History Museum
Galway County Library (Ireland)
City University of New York Graduate Center Library
National Library of Ireland