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Holiday Destination: Galway

Galway is a city in Ireland. It is located in the West Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. Galway City Council is the local authority for the city. It is located on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay and is surrounded by County Galway. It is the third largest city within the state, though if the wider urban area is included then it falls into fourth place behind Limerick. The city also bears the nickname City of the Tribes Irish Cathair na d Treabh because fourteen tribes of merchant families led the city in its Hiberno Norman period. The term tribes was often a derogatory phrase in Cromwellian times. The merchants would have seen themselves as Irish gentry and loyal to the King. They subsequently adopted the term as a badge of honour and pride in defiance of the town's Cromwellian occupiers.


Summer 19.2 °C (66.6 °F), Winter 3.2 °C (37.8 °F)

Tourist Season

Summer is the best for visiting Galway.



General Information Of Galway

  • Land Area: 14.4 sq mi (37.3 km2)
  • Population: 75 Thousand.
  • Capital City: Galway.
  • Language: Irish and English.

Tourist Attraction in or Near by Galway

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London, whose family was in textile manufacturing from Manchester, England. Important fearures of Kylemore Abbey include the neo-Gothic church built between 1877 and 1881 in memory of Mitchell’s wife, a miniature replica of Norwich Cathedral, and a Victorian walled garden located about a mile from the Abbey.

Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch in Galway city, Ireland, was originally an extension of the city wall from Martin's Tower to the bank of the Corrib, as a measure to protect the city's quays, which were located in the area once known as the Fish Market. It was constructed during the mayoralty of Wylliam Martin in 1584, being called ceann an bhalla. In the 18th century the Eyre family of Eyrecourt, County Galway, created an extension of the quays called The Long Walk and created the arches to allow access from the town to the new quays. The Spanish Arch is located on the banks of the River Corrib directly across from The Claddagh. Ballyknow Quay, Claddagh, Galway, with The Long Walk in the background, In 1755, the arches were partially destroyed by the tsunami generated by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

Athenry Castle

Athenry is a town in County Galway, Ireland. It lies 25 km east of Galway city, and one of the attractions of the town is its medieval castle. The town is also well known by virtue of the song The Fields of Athenry. The earliest remaining building in the town is Athenry Castle which was built sometime before 1240 by Meyler de Bermingham. In 1241, the Dominican Abbey was founded, a major institution. It was ostensibly closed during the Protestant Reformation but survived until being desecrated and burned during the Mac an Iarla Wars of the 1570s, and was finally vandalised by Cromwellians in the 1650s. The Medieval walls around Athenry are among the most complete and best preserved in Ireland and still retain a number of the original towers as well as the original North gate.

Battle Of Aughrim Interpretative Centre

Following England’s glorious revolution in 1688, the deposed King James II fled to France to seek refuge with the Sun King, King Louis XIV. Together the Catholic kings planned to regain the English throne for James by ousting his successor and ironically, William of Orange. Visitors can re live the day that changed the course of Irish and European history at the Battle of Aughrim Interpretative Centre, situated in Aughrim village on the main Galway Dublin road, show recreates the true and moving account of Captain Walter Dalton who fought at the Battle of Aughrim.

Spiddal Craft Centre

Spiddal Craft Village is located at the entrance to the County Galway village of Spiddal. Adjacent to the beach, it boasts stunning views of the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay, and the Aran Islands. Craftspeople from all over the Connemara region display and sell their quality products here, including pottery, jewellery, leather, candles and hand-woven gifts. Some of the craftspeople can be observed at work in their studios. Facilities include an art gallery and bistro.

Portumna Castle

Portumna is a market town in the south east of County Galway, Ireland, on the border with County Tipperary. The town is located to the west of the point where the River Shannon enters Lough Derg. This historic crossing point over the River Shannon between counties Tipperary and Galway has a long history of bridges and ferry crossings. On the west side of the town is Portumna Castle and its forest park. The steel structure of the main bridge and pivotting swing bridge over the navigation channel are of technical and engineering interest, and it is the largest early-twentieth century swivel bridge in Europe.

Franciscan Friary

Most Franciscans are members of Roman Catholic religious orders founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. Besides Roman Catholic communities, there are also Old Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, ecumenical and Non denominational Franciscan communities. The most prominent group is the Order of Friars Minor, commonly called simply the 'Franciscans'. They seek to follow most directly the manner of life that Saint Francis led. This Order is a mendicant religious order of men tracing their origin to Francis of Assisi. It comprises three separate groups, each considered a religious order in its own right. These are the Observants, most commonly simply called 'Franciscan friars,' the Capuchins, and the Conventual Franciscans. They all live according to a body of regulations known as 'The Rule of St. Francis'.

Galway Cathedral

The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, commonly known as Galway Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Galway, Ireland and is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city. Construction began in 1958 on the site of the old city jail, and in 1965 was finally dedicated by Cardinal Richard Cushing to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas.

Galway City Museum

The Galway City Museum is a museum in Galway City, County Galway, Ireland. It was founded on 29 July 2006, and is located beside the Spanish Arch. In Galway's central area, on the east side of the Corrib, below Claddagh Bridge, is the old town gate known as the Spanish Arch, leading to Spanish Parade, once the favorite promenade of Spanish merchants. The arch now houses the Galway City Museum, with material on the history of Galway and old weapons found in Galway Bay.


Bus Terminal in or Near by

Galway Coach Station - Seán Duggan Centre

Forster St
Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland

Ennis Bus and Train Station

Galway, Ireland


Galway Airport: For International and Domestic flights.

Connemara Airport: For International and Domestic flights.

Railway Stations

Galway Train Station

Galway, Ireland


Station Road
Co. Galway, Galway, Ireland

Ceannt Station

Station Road
Co. Galway, Galway, Ireland

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