A harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, sitting where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. Galway is often referred to as the “Cultural Heart of Ireland” because of it’s strong ties to music, dance and the Irish language. Galway city is on the door step of Galway’s Gaeltacht ( an area where Irish is the first language) . The city is the 6th most populous city in Ireland with a population of about 79,900.
Where to Visit:
- Eyre Square: officially known as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. The square dates back to Medieval Times, used as a market place right outside the town gates.In 1710, Mayor Edward Eyre officially presented the plot of land to the city. Eyre Square is in the heart of the city filled with Christmas shoppers in the winter and a wonderful sunbathing spot during the summer.
- Kirwans Lane : One the finest medieval lane ways in Galway, Kirwan’s Lane, located in what is now referred to as The Latin Quarter. It is at the centre of the area that was originally within the city walls, and is named after the Kirwan’s, one of Galways fourteen “tribes” – the families who ruled the town for several centuries. You will now find this filled with modern restaurants and shops.
- Lynch Memorial Window: This window commemorates one of Galway’s biggest legends. According to local tradition, the mayor of Galway, James Lynch FitzStephen, hanged his son from the window of his home in 1493. Lynch’s son had murdered a Spanish man in the care of the family. Lynch’s Window stands in Market Street at the side of St. Nicholas’ Church.
- Salt Hill: Take a dip in the ocean at Galway favourite promenade, but we would recommend waiting until its a little warmer outside.
Only 1.5 hour drive from Galway city lies the exquisite Connemara. Known to be one of the most beautiful part of not just Ireland, but the world. Home to the Connemara National Park and the magnificent and historic Kylemore Abbey.
Galway city is full of hostels, hotels and B&B’s. The city is about a 3 hour drive from Cork city .
Get the City Link bus. Hop on at Patrick Quay, Cork direct to Galway
Or get the train to Limerick Junction, then to Limerick city and from there on to Galway.