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Stories and Tips Galway

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The fair days of Ballinasloe

Written by BelleJ on 09 Apr, 2002

"Well then, girl, once we get out of this, we’ll go take a drink, eh?" Pat’s eyes fairly light up at the prospect of a heartstarter: a shot of brandy with a generous slug of port to take off the edge. I look at my watch.…Read More

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9/11/01, A long night in Doolin...

Written by wanderlustgirl on 10 Mar, 2002

The evening of September 11th found us in a crowded Pub in Doolin, just a short drive from Galway and the ferry from the Aran Islands. After leaving Inis Mór we simply wanted a place to watch the news and relax some while waiting to…Read More


Written by Sean Harnett on 01 Aug, 2000

(Note: this travelogue assumes you are starting and returning to Galway in the same day.) First, hire a car and start early, bringing raingear, walking shoes, and a picnic. Then, for the first stage, take the Clifden road out of Galway as far as Maam…Read More

County Galway

Written by beckyt on 27 Jun, 2003

County Galway is the second largest county after Cork and is a must-see for any visit to Ireland. The scenery is the wildest and most striking due to its West Coast position and although the culture is vastly modern, there are still small areas where…Read More

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Galway, City of the Tribes

Written by wanderlustgirl on 03 Mar, 2002

Galway has long been on my list of places to see in Ireland because of it's well-earned reputation as a cultural mecca. Evidence can be found in its countless festivals, its celebration of Gaelic culture, and sublime devotion to music and the arts. One of the…Read More

Irish trains

Written by Languedoc on 13 Sep, 2000

Since I wasn't having a bunch of fun in Ireland, it was no surprise that the ferry leaving the Aran Islands was 20 minutes late. When we arrived on the mainland some distance from Galway, the bus to town wasn't waiting for us.…Read More

Irish Tourist Board

Written by Languedoc on 18 Sep, 2000

There's a message from my trip to other travel writers, and that is to be careful when dealing with the government tourist agency of a country. Being a professional travel writer can get you free access to story material, which means (sometimes) free air transportation,…Read More

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Eyre Square

Written by Michman on 05 Sep, 2000

Eyre Square is in the middle of Galway city; it has two levels, the lower one being of grass and the other paved. On the upper level there are two memorials: one of President John F. Kennedy who became a freeman of Galway borough…Read More

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Stranos Gay Bar

Written by Homefry on 22 Jun, 2006

The only gay bar in Galway, located near the panish arch a little way out of city center. Some Irish still tend to be more prude towards the idea of gay/lesbian culture...…Read More

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Galway and Aran Islands

Written by Languedoc on 01 Sep, 2000

I came to Ireland thinking I might want to live there since the country does not charge income taxes to writers, artists and composers. But three days in Galway and an overnight visit to the Aran Islands sucked the life out of that idea. Galway seemed…Read More

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