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Capital of the west, Galway is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, which began as a small fishing village on the River Corrib.

With its narrow streets full of vibrant pubs and old stone shop fronts, Galway is an exceptionally enjoyable, free-spirited place to spend a few days, especially if they coincide with one of the cultural festivals held during various months of the year. Galway is a very arts-oriented city, and there are many event and festivals, including the February Jazz Festival, the Easter Festival of Literature and the July Arts Festival, when the streets are alive with music and dancing and the town feasts on Guinness and oysters.

The town centre has many attractions, including the bustling Spanish Parade, Eyre Square and the nearby medieval quarter as well as the infamous Lynch's Castle. There are many picturesque churches and buildings, particularly along St Patrick's Street, a pedestrianised thoroughfare also known for its shopping.

Galway's famous bay is also a popular destination for boats with its sailing races. Situated on the periphery of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area), Galway is an important tourist centre and makes a good base from which to explore the magnificent scenery of surrounding areas like the beautiful Connemara and Aran Islands. To the East lies picturesque, rolling farmland.

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Like the rest of Ireland, Galway experiences year-round mild, wet and temperate weather with changeable temperatures due to the prevailing Gulf Stream. Extremes in temperatures are rare and rainfall is plentiful and hail, sleet and even snow can make for very cold winters. Galway's consistent humidity can lead to heavy showers, and even thunderstorms occurring in late summer. Average daytime temperatures in Galway during summer reach around 61F (16C) while during the winter months, the temperature drops to around 41F (7C).


English, Irish (Gaelic) is spoken in some Western areas.


The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR). Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change and ATMs are widely available. Credit and debit cards, as well as travellers cheques, are widely accepted.

Night Life

The nightlife in Galway is renown, offering a vast selection of pubs, bars and nightclubs to choose from. The legal drinking age is 18 and most nightclubs open at 11pm, closing round 2.30am. There is usually a cover charge of EUR5 to EUR12 at the door but free/reduced admission stamps are often handed out on Shop Street. There are great traditional music sessions held at the Crane Bar on Sea Road, Taaffes and Tigh Chóilí on Shop Street, and Western Bar near Eyre Square. The smaller country pubs just out of town are also very popular and a great way to experience true Irish culture. A few trendy bars stay open till the early hours, including the Front Door on the corner of High and Cross streets, the Living Room on Bridge Street and the Quays (which also has a club with live music) on Quay Street. Other good clubs are Central Park, Halo and Karma. Cuba, on Eyre Square, is another great night spot.


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