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Galway - Shopping Mecca

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An October 2002 trip to Galway by Carmen

Saint Judes Guest House Photo, Galway, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Galway was our stop on day three of our driving tour, and our first real Irish "city". We took advantage of that with shopping out the wazoo!

Galway - Shopping Mecca

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Overview

St. Judes B&B Photo, Galway, Ireland
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We chose to spend time in Galway to visit the "Capital of the West" and get a little city time after spending our first few days in the countryside. Here are a few of my Galway highlights: 1. St. Judes B&B in Lower Salthill. I had no idea before we went what to expect out of the Irish B&Bs, but I never expected them to be this nice! St. Judes easily had 12 rooms, and was decorated in high fashion without making you think you couldn't sit on the furniture and relax. The foyer featured a colorfully tiled floor and a chandelier, and the dining room looked as if it was set with the best china and silverware. Our room had three beds and a heater (a luxury in Ireland B&am...Read More

Saint Judes Guest House

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Hotel | "St. Judes B&B"

Saint Judes Guest House Photo, Galway, Ireland
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St. Judes is by far the best B&B experience we had while in Ireland. It looked like a miniature castle on its own, and inside was just as beautiful as the outside. Ita Johnstown is the owner, and she was full of hospitality. When she took us to our room, I momentarily thought she had made a mistake. The room was huge, and had three beds (two twin, one double). The bathroom was also large, equipped with a heated towel warmer. And joy! There was a portable heater in the room. I'd be warm for one night in Ireland! She also had a nice sitting room, equipped with a television, and we managed to catch a very odd European game show with 49 players that we never figured out. She also had p...Read More

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Saint Judes Guest House
110 Lower Salthill
Galway, Ireland
+353 (91) 521619

Kirby's of Cross Street

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Restaurant

Kirby's of Cross Street Photo, Galway, Ireland
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We were walking down the Quay looking for a good restaurant. We kept running into pubs and such that we considered too "American" for our Irish vacation. (A pub that serves nachos? Do they have Irish beef on them? geesh). We veered off a bit onto Cross Street, and came upon Kirby's. The menu was posted outside, and after reading it, we agreed that this was our spot. (It was the filet mignon that caught my eye and pulled me in.) I had grown quite fond of Irish beef at this point, so, as I mentioned, it was the filet for me -- which was served with boiled Irish potatoes. Mmm. Quite yummy. My travel buddy ordered a Salmon filet, and allowed me a taste. Also quite good. The bill for both of us came out...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2002

Kirby's of Cross Street
Cross Street
Galway, Ireland
+353 91 569404

Stephen Faller

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Attraction | "Fallers Jewelers"

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I'd searched the world over (well, ok, just Ireland) for the perfect Claddaugh ring. The Claddaugh ring is a traditional Irish ring with a heart in the middle, held by two hands and a crown on top. Signifying love, friendship and loyalty, when worn on the right hand with the crown pointed in, the wearer's heart is not yet taken. When worn on the right hand with the crown pointed outwards, the wearer is considering love. When worn on the left hand, the wearer has found true love. The town of Claddaugh, of which there isn't much left, was originally just outside of Galway Anyway, I wanted a ring that you could tell was a Claddaugh ring, but that didn't look the same as everyone elses. I'd ...Read More

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Stephen Faller
Williamsgate
Galway, Ireland
+ 353 91 561226

Quay Street

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Attraction | "Quay Street - Shop 'Til You Drop"

Quay Street Photo, Galway, Ireland
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When we asked our B&B host at St. Judes the easiest way to get to shopping in Galway, we were very pleased when she said that we were a mere 10-minute walk from Quay St., a cobblestone walkway lined with Irish shops and pubs. So we set off on our walk, and crossed over the River Corrib via the Wolfetone Bridge. People were lining the bank of the river to feed the beautiful white swan pair that were swimming along. Quay Street is closed off to traffic to allow pedestrians full access to the hundreds of shops that line its cobblestone streets. You can find jewelry, clothing, watches, souvenirs, pubs, restaurants - whateve...Read More

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Quay Street
Galway City Centre
Galway, Ireland

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Once you fall in love with Irish pottery, you see it everywhere. Nowhere, however, did I find the selection of pottery that Kilkenny had. I saw the same designs I had seen elsewhere, but also saw other designs that were new to me - and beautiful. The types of pieces you could buy were also expanded. In other areas, you could buy mugs and vases, here, you could buy whole serving sets with plates, mugs, trays, etc. The Irish use very colorful glazes on their pottery. The favorite colors seem to be blues, maroons and browns. The glazes are almost iridescent, so if you have a blue glaze, you can see greens and purples in the color. Most of the pottery features some sort of Celtic symbol - Celtic kno...Read More

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Kilkenny - Irish Pottery Galore!
High Street, Galway
Galway, Ireland
091-566110