Walking Whid/ Walking Story


Walking Whid/ Walking Story }
Temple Jarlath, Tuam. Photo: Johnny Ryan

18 Sept 2020



A journey through Tuam with Thinking on Tuam resident Oein De Bharduin

Join Oein DeBhardúin, inaugural recipient of Creative Places Tuam’s Thinking on Tuam residency on this journey through the town, hearing about the stories, folklore, legends and history of Tuam, the Traveller Community and its relationship with Tuam.

The route begins at Bishop Street, before visiting Town Square, Shop Street, Chapel Street, Temple Jarlath, High Street, Galway Road, Church View before finishing at Vicar Street/ Railway Station. You can access the audio, a map and route guidance, and a full transcript of the walking tour, at the links to the right of this page.

This Walking Whid is inspired by the history and story of Tuam. We would like to credit Michael Waldron & Tuam Tidy Town’s  Tuam Heritage and Nature Trail published in 2015 for text referenced in the Whid. Please click here to read this Heritage and Nature Trail. Other resources used for this work were sourced from an assortment of Journal of Tuam Society (JOTS) publications, and Oein’s memories of stories told.

Stay warm while you walk: redeem a hot drink on us at Leaf and Bean Café (Bishop Street) by presenting this webpage and telling a staff member “I’m on the Walking Whid!”. This offer will be available during Leaf and Bean opening hours until Sunday the 26th of September, for the first 200 people who present the webpage. Join us on social media and let us know how you got on with the walk!


This event was first shared on Culture Night 2020.


related programme
Artworks and Residencies

Walking Whid Audio
Route Guidance and Map
Transcript of the Audio Tour

“Walking Whid/ Walking Story” - a journey through Tuam with Oein DeBhardúin Audio