Saturday, April 7, 2012

Galway, Ireland

If there is one city you can go in Ireland and find a celebration of everything local and authentic..the food, the music, the people, the shops - Galway, known as the "City of Tribes" is that city.  This is a place I would loved to have spent additional time venturing into more pubs and exploring all the shops than we were allotted that day.  It's definitely one of those cities that you could spend a whole holiday in and still not see everything it has to offer.


Galway is a lively city on the west coast of Ireland founded in the 13th Century and home of the Claddagh Ring. It's the third largest city in Ireland.
We were driven up from our mooring to experience this excursion having a local meal at a choice restaurant and exploring the city for the time we had left.  This was definitely one of the more colorful cities in Ireland and being a college town with the National University of Ireland and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology being there, it was full of earthy beatnik types and was very laid back.  There are also numerous theaters in the city so it was only fitting to see so many outstanding street performers. You can see the Galway Graffiti we saw on the drive in to understand just how laid back and artsy I'm talking about.

Galway has quite a vibrant yet traditional musical scene, being preserved in the pubs and on the streets. The influence and importance the arts has here is definitely emulated effortlessly.



Eyre Square pictured above is a center piece to Galway City.  Originally named after the Mayor from whom it was presented, this square was officially renamed "Kennedy Memorial Park" in honor of our US President JFK who had recently visited the city before his assassination in 1963.



Galway offers many amenities to accommodate any seasoned traveler including B&Bs and five star hotels but still manages to capture the true culture and heritage of Ireland, having an air of celebration that was unmatched anywhere else we visited in Ireland. If you want to see and feel what Ireland is all about, Galway is the place for seeing and feeling it for sure!

Want to see where else we've been this week in the A to Z Challenge?



Beaune, France - A Walking Tour

Cochem, Germany - What a Castle!

Drum Roll Please, Mama Wants This

European Barge Cruising

Frankfurt, Germany - The Square



23 comments:

Cathye said...

These pictures are so inviting, makes me want to go there.

Wendy @ mama one to three said...

My favorite city! This made me want to go back right now!

udita banerjee said...

Agree with Cathye, the pictures are so colourful! They look like they could instantly cheer anyone up :) Great post

AlexJCavanaugh said...

Very colorful place! Never made it over to Ireland on any of my visits to the UK, but hope to next time.
Hope you're having fun with the Challenge!

Wendy LaPlaca said...

I'm afraid to travel to Ireland... afraid I won't come back! Great photos, I am so jealous :)

Mary Firmin said...

My sister lives in Galway and I love all your wonderful pictures. My book is Deadly Pleasures, see it at http://maryfirmin.blogspot.com. Its not very Irish but a fun mystery. All the best, Mary Firmin

Katherine said...

Galway was my absolute FAVORITE city while I was in Ireland---It was by far the most beautiful and entertaining. I actually bought my Claddagh at the Thomas Dillon (If i remember correctly) store where that Claddagh symbol hangs---It's still in my jewelry box! (I try not to wear it all the time for fear of losing it).

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks Cathye - I hope you get to see it!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thank you Udita, that whole town was cheerful without even trying to be

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Yes Alex - what a great challenge..I don't mind reliving my time in Europe at all. I hope you get to see this place, it's truly the epitome of Ireland

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I know! I would choose Beaune if it wasn't for the language barrier. In Ireland there was no barrier, I could live here for sure. I have a pic that without any editing is the greenest most beautiful pic I have ever taken it's like being there, no joke..let's go!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I would love to live there, I hope you visit your sister often - I sure would! Thanks Mary, I will check out your book!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I love that you've been here Katherine! I also have my ring in my jewelry holder, I would not want to lose it..or break it. Did you get silver or gold?

Suzanne said...

Loved your 'G' post! I'm doing the A-Z thing too! I would love to go to Ireland. Being fair skinned, stubborn as the day is long and red-headed, I feel like I've got some of that blood running through me. For now I'll, just have to live vicariously through you! ;)

Diane N - Philzendia said...

Sounds like a great place to visit

Jennifer Hall said...

Great first week, Amy!

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks for this scenic trip to Ireland!

sharkbytes said...

I had no idea it was that large. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge blogs this month.

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks Suzanne, I will be sure and check out your posts as well. You would fit right in!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I would love to go back there!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks Jen - glad to have made it through

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I love to be able to relive it!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I was surprised how big it was to be honest. The whole country could fit inside Texas. Have fun visiting all the blogs!

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