County Galway Journals

Memorable Galway Experience

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A November 2006 trip to County Galway by ladyanne47

Morans Oyster Cottage Photo, Galway, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Galway, the raw, rugged beauty of sky, sea, and mountains. Constant changing colors of unique blues, grays, and greens.

Memorable Galway Experience

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Leenane, Co. Galway, edge of Killary Harbour. Photo, County Galway, Ireland
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County Galway, in the far western part of Ireland, is in the heart of Connaught, which is one of the "Four Green Fields" often sung about in the old Traditional Irish Ballard about its four territories. The other three being Munster, Leinster, and Ulster, making up all of Ireland. Ulster is now part of the United Kingdom and called Northern Ireland. I love Galway, as it is one of my favorite areas of Ireland, especially the Connemara area with its wild, barren beauty. Each time I explore its many winding narrow roads, I experience a whole new feeling of spiritual recognition that I have been here before, a long, long time ago. It is almost eerie and mysterious, and it never fails to happen. ...Read More

Saint Judes Guest House

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Hotel | "St. Judes Guesthouse B&B"

Saint Judes Guest House Photo, County Galway, Ireland
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St. Judes Bed and Breakfast was so perfect in so many ways beginning with it's beautiful facade and lovely yard giving you ample off-street parking, which is a big plus in Galway city. It was our first night after our flight and so the extra comforts of St. Judes made it even more special. What a great place to just drop from sheer exhaustion. Another great plus is that the bus stops right in front of the B&B so you can go into the City Center without any problems and then you don't have to use your car. On our first night there after we first recovered from our flight, we tried to walk to the center, but it was a bit too far for us. We did, however, stop into a local pub called O'Flanniga...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2006

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

Back in Time at Cregg Castle B&B￿

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Hotel | "Back in Time at Cregg Castle B&B"

Dark Blue walls of Room at Cregg Castle B&B. Photo, County Galway, Ireland
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Staying at Cregg's Castle was our most memorable experience in Ireland. It was like going back in time to a place and era of long ago. The castle itself is stunning and located down a long winding road surrounded by mystical forest and pastures. It is a working farm with sheep, a donkey, and lots and lots of dogs. We were welcomed by Ann Marie Broderick the hostess who had a nice turf fire going in the huge keeping room with lots of over stuffed chairs and couches. Some have said that it is kind of shabby, but I think it was part of the charm. A candle was lit on the coffee table and a pot of tea was prepared for us. Our room was on "the first floor" which we call the second, and it was com...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2006

Moran's Oyster Cottage

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Restaurant | "Moran's Oyster Cottage, The Weir"

Moran's Oyster Cottage Photo, Galway, Ireland
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Okay... Moran's is hidden away on a dead-end road, that sits on an inlet of the end of Galway Bay, and serves the most famous oysters in the world. These oysters grow in the most environmentally controlled oyster beds in Ireland. These oysters are "to die for," and they are served at Moran's Oyster Cottage, The Weir and Pub. We heard about Moran's when we were staying in Galway City and just randoming asked someone where to go to have the best oysters. So, this is how we heard about it. With special directions we found it the next day on our way back to County Clare. After you pass through Clarinbridge on the main road N18 at Kilcolgan you will take a right on a narrow road down to the wat...Read More

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Moran's Oyster Cottage
The Weir, Kilcogan, Co
Galway, Ireland
+353 (91) 796113

Kylemore Abbey and Gardens

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Attraction | "Kylemore Abbey...Benedictine Nuns & Boarding School."

Kylemore Abbey and Gardens Photo, Galway, Ireland
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Kylemore Abbey, near the Connemara National Forest in Co. Galway, was a pleasure and a disappointment. It is located in a beautiful area, backdropped by steep, sharp, barren mountains, and sits on a lovely lake between Letterfrack and Leenane. It is actually a working abbey and also a boarding school for girls who attend from many other countries. The abbey itself was limited to only about three rooms and an entrance hall, which made it frustrating because somehow you are led to believe you are going to see more of it. From there, you take a nice long walk along the back side of the lake on a nice path to the Church, which is open and you can sit and contemplate in the beauty of it. One unique...Read More

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Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
Connemara
Co. Galway, Ireland
+353 95 41146

Connemara National Park

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Connemara National Park Photo, County Galway, Ireland
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Connemara, in County Galway, is one of the most beautiful places I have ever experienced. It is not just the visual beauty but the emotional and spiritual beauty that really captures me. The landscape is so barren and simple, somehow whisking away all the complexities of modern day life, and bringing us back to a place we all long for. A place that nothing exits except the wind, sky, lakes (loughs), and mountains. Of course there is always a meandering sheep or donkey around the corner of the narrow winding roads to catch you when you least expect it. The sheep are decorated in the most ridiculous manner of blotches in pink, blue, or aqua dabbed on a part of their body that identifies them as belongi...Read More

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Connemara National Park
Connemara National Park Road
Letterfrack, Ireland
+353 95 41054

Eyre Square

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Attraction | "Galway City Center..Eyre Square"

Eyre Square Photo, County Galway, Ireland
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Galway's City Center would be considered the area in which all the streets between the bridge near Quay Street and Eyre Square are. Some are cobblestoned and only walkways, some are open to cars. It feels like a maze of narrow alleys and cubby holes. If you come over the Wolfe Tone Bridge over the River Corrib you come into the Quay Street area, where you will see the famous Spanish Arch. In the very middle of the cobblestone streets is also St. Nicholas Church (not cathedral) and Lynch's Castle. But the best part to me about this area are all the wonderful shops, cafes, and pubs. We were there just before Christmas, so everything was decorated and that added to it's charm. Shopping was a must, w...Read More

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Eyre Square
Eyre Square
Galway, Ireland
+353 91 563081

Keane's Pub... Maam Bridge, Galway

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Lovely Brige Gavin with Daughter. Keane's Pub. Photo,
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Keane's Pub has a soft spot for me because when ever I have been there something very special happens. It is situated between some of Connemara's barren mountains and the Lough Corrib area in an area called Maam Bridge. A small pub, it has a bar in the front and a small pub that is centered around the lovely fireplace with a turf fire going situated in the back. I have been told it is one of the oldest pubs in the Galway region, and was popular in the late 1800s. The first time I encountered Keane's Pub was back in 1996 on my first trip to Ireland. It was our first travel day just off the plane in Shannon, and we had driven from Shannon to Gort, past Galway City and then to Connemara. It was a...Read More