"The Far West of Europe" Top 5 Page for this destination Galway by BillNJ
Galway Travel Guide: 518 reviews and 973 photos
Ireland lies at the far west of Europe -- and Galway lies at the far west of Ireland. On a smaller scale than the state of California on the west coast of the United States, Galway enjoys a strong artistic heritage and a flourishing arts, music, theatre and film scene. For a visitor, Galway City -- with its many pubs and restaurants -- is certainly one of the best spots for craic in all of Ireland.
The River Corrib flows from Lough Corrib through Galway City to Galway Bay. With only a length of six kilometres, it is one of the shortest rivers in Europe. What it lacks in size, though, it makes up for in intensity. The River Corrib flows through Galway City at a very fast pace.
According to the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui, fast-moving water correlates to fast-moving chi (energy). Certainly, the city of Galway is full of energy with its large student population.
Unfortunately, though, the heavy traffic around Galway City does not flow nearly as fast as the River Corrib! For visitors staying within the city and/or taking bus tours to outlying areas, a car is not needed in this very walkable city.
This trip held special meaning for me because both of my paternal grandparents were born in County Galway. In 1920, my grandfather emigrated to the United States at the age of 21. In 1923, my grandmother emigrated to the United States at the age of 17. Later, in the United States, they met and married.
Under Irish law, one is eligible for citizenship if at least one grandparent was born in Ireland. Since both of my paternal grandparents were born in County Galway, I applied for and obtained my Irish citizenship in 2008. Being an Irish citizen does not affect my US citizenship, but it does afford me additional rights in Ireland and the rest of the European Union.
Despite now being an Irish citizen, I was still easily identifiable as a "Yank" whenever I opened my mouth. While an Irish brogue may be difficult to acquire, I have started incorporating some common Irish expressions like "brilliant", "grand", "lads", and "lassies" into my vocabulary. Perhaps on my next trip I will be able to convince someone that I am now officially Irish? (haha)
- Pros:Fun and Lively City; Very Walkable; Transportation Hub
- Cons:Heavy Traffic During Rush Hours
- In a nutshell:Great base for exploring the west of Ireland!
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