Beginning as a small fishing village centred around the estuary of Lough Corrib,
(traditionally named after Galvia, a mythological princess who drowned in the
waters), Galway is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.
The Normans constructed protective walls around the thriving port and a harbour,
wine being the main import. The fine buildings give testimony to the growing
wealth of the town. Lynch's Castle in Shop Street is a well-preserved example.
Sadly the Cromwellian and Williamite Wars caused the demise of the city. The
famous Tribes of Galway were forced into exile and the city went into decline.
The medieval walls of Galway did not survive intact, although, a 1584 extension
known as Spanish Arch survived.
There is a sighposted walking tour of 'Old Galway'
Today, Galway is a vibrant city with colourful shopfronts, theatre, pubs filled
with traditional music, clubs, a great selection of restaurants, universities
and colleges and much, much more.
Galway is also known as the Town of Streams since seven waterways converge here.
Salmons leaping upstream can be observed from salmon Weir Bridge and there is a
leisure boating centre at Woodquay, once Galway's inland harbour.
The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicolas, said to be the
last great stone cathedral of Western Europe is a most impressive building.
The exterior is of Renaissance style and the interior has beautiful green marble
floors and limestone walls.
The Dominican Church has a 17th century wooden statue known as Our Lady of Galway.
The world famous Claddagh ring owes its origin to the same area of Galway as this
Salthill is a lively seaside resort with Leisureland recreational complex and safe
beaches with watersport facilities.
The Eastern side of the city has many craft factories including The Royal Tara China
factory and Galway Irish Crystal and Heritage Display Centre.
There is a par-three golf course, Rosshill Golf Course at Roscam and other activities
nearby include 10-pin bowling and go-karting.
The remowned Galway Races at Balltbrit Racecourse see visitors from around the world.