On the wall of one of one of the houses there is a plaque marking the spot where Michael Walsh was shot dead by British forces.
From the summer of 1920 to the ceasefire in July 1921, a series of attacks and reprisals by Irish republican and British forces resulted in the deaths of IRA Volunteers, policemen, soldiers and civilians. During this dark period, the Galway IRA killed 11 policemen, 2 soldiers and 6 civilians, three of whom were suspected of spying. On the other side, British forces killed a total of 27 IRA Volunteers and civilians throughout Galway; several others allegedly died as a result of ill-treatment by Crown forces.
19 October 1920: Sinn Féin urban councillor and businessman Michael Walsh, owner of the Old Malt House, was taken from his home on High Street, shot dead at the Long Walk and his body dumped in the River Corrib.