Galway, the city, the county. The West of Ireland

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Galway is a city, a county, and an experience to be savoured and remembered. From Galway Bay and the Aran Islands to Connemara and Galway City, there is a fantastic range of sights and activities on offer here in the West of Ireland county.

Galway City is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. It began as a small fishing village centred around the estuary of the River Corrib, a river traditionally called Abhainn na Gaillimhe (The Galway River) after Galvia, a mythological princess said to have drowned in its waters.

There is a vibrancy to the friendly University City, which many delight in, and few forget. Music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theaters and most of all Galway people, combine to create an atmosphere you’ll want to return to again and again.

Connemara stretches from Galway Bay in the south to Killary Harbour in the north and encompasses the largest Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) region in Ireland. The Connemara region also includes the Aran Islands, the beautiful Inishbofin island and the top fishing lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

The Galway region offers a wide range of cultural attractions, from historic churches and castles to contemporary theaters, and also some of the most dramatic beaches in the world. You will also enjoy easy access to more conventional vacation activities, such as boat charters, riding stables, and the Connemara Championship Golf Links.

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