Galway, often referred to as “Gaillimh” in Irish, derives its name from the River Corrib, which flows through the city. The term “Gaillimh” is believed to mean “stony river,” a reference to the river’s powerful current and rocky bed. In medieval times, Galway was controlled by 14 merchant families giving it the nickname “City of Tribes”.
This vibrant city on the west coast of Ireland is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and lively atmosphere. It also has the largest Gaeltacht (Irish speaking community) in Ireland.
Galway is famous for its traditional Irish music scene, often described as the “Cultural Heart of Ireland.” The city is a hub for musicians and artists, with countless pubs and venues where you can enjoy sessions and live performances.
The city is home to the Claddagh ring and authentic Irish marble as well as historic landmarks like the Spanish Arch and Lynch’s Castle.
Galway is also a gateway to the stunning landscapes of Connemara and the Aran Islands. This makes it a fantastic base for outdoor adventurers.
While in Galway, don’t miss the opportunity to savour traditional Irish dishes in local restaurants. Indulge in the welcoming “craic” (fun and conversation), and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Irish folklore and storytelling at venues like the Galway City Museum or the Druid Theatre.