Catherine Howley


Born in Galway, Catherine studied history of art and architecture at Trinity College Dublin. She moved to Granada in 2007, and spent a year studying Spanish history and literature, and Islamic art and architecture. In 2011, she moved to Barcelona and completed a postgrad in Museum Studies at the Pompeu Fabra. She is interested in the social history of Spain and works as a guide specialising in the Civil War and pre-Civil War periods.


Photo courtesy of Isabel Cocker

An arson attack changed the people's church forever. more

Mar 1, 2018 12:00 AM History

A tribute to Sir Alexander Fleming, the Scottish physician who discovered penicillin. more

Feb 1, 2018 12:00 AM History

The assassination of ‘Sugar Boy’, a trade union activist. more

Jan 1, 2018 12:00 AM History

This emblem of the old town on Carrer del Bisbe is actually a relatively new addition. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM History

An ode to the versatility of the cannabis plant at sea. more

Nov 1, 2017 9:42 PM History

Graffiti is nothing new in Barcelona. more

Oct 1, 2017 1:11 PM History

A message sent from above left its mark on this city centre square. more

Sep 1, 2017 3:53 PM History

Domènech i Montaner caused a stir with his surprising interpretation of justice. more

Aug 3, 2017 9:45 AM History

Remnants of a discreet code that once marked the city’s brothels remain hidden in corners of the Born. more

Jul 11, 2017 11:48 AM History

On July 5th Barcelona will commemorate George Orwell and his efforts to quell social injustice. more

Jun 1, 2017 4:48 PM FEATURES

Tombstones from the former Jewish cemetery on MontjuÏc were used to build this 16th-century palace in the Gothic Quarter. more

Jun 1, 2017 4:40 PM FEATURES

During the Industrial Revolution, low wages and bad living conditions forced some families to leave their children at the orphanage. more

May 8, 2017 3:33 PM FEATURES

A previously hidden sign on the church of Santa Maria del Pi survived the dictatorship unnoticed until 2004. more

Apr 3, 2017 1:28 PM IN THE CITY

1930's Raval posed a challenge for the city’s developers. Le Corbusier was in favour of a radical solution. more

Dec 1, 2016 1:12 PM FEATURES