Early books and documents on Galway life expose tales of nude bathing and the treatment of female prisoners.

An exhibition in University College Galway (UCG) displays the minutes from the meetings of Galway's Civic bodies over a period of almost 500 years. Details from the meetings held between 1484 and 1920 are put on show.

Assistant Librarian at UCG Fionnuala Byrne provides some insights into some of the stories behind the exhibition.

The earliest book dates from 1485 and contains an entry for the first Mayor of Galway. Documents and books all the way up to 1920.

One entry refers to complaints about nude bathing in Blackrock which were brought to the attention of the town commissioners at the time. An entry from the 19th century relates to problems with women prisoners. A proposal to deal with females creating a nuisance of themselves suggests using stretchers to tie the women down.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 July 1984. The reporter is Pádraig Ó Catháin.