Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland

Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland

It’s such a miserably windy, icy day today, although the sky is completely clear of clouds.   It’s warm in a sheltered sunny spot, like inside near a north facing window with the sun streaming across the room – but away from that warmth, it’s freezing!!    Not wanting to venture outside, started me thinking of places we’ve been to that I haven’t blogged about .. one of them being Galway in Ireland on our trip, now 3 years ago, in 2009!!  How time is flying 🙁 

We stayed in the Park House Hotel in the city making it easy for us to explore on foot.  Our room overlooked a tiny courtyard, the decor of the hotel was elegant, as were quite a few of the hotels we stayed in Ireland.  It was very comfortable – highly recommend it.  We stayed two nights, breakfast included.  Had one dinner at a recommended pub across the road and the other we had in the hotel – I remember we both had the most delicious haddock !

The pub across the road from our hotel ..

Exploring on foot ..

Galway is a University city .. there were young people around every corner ..

Fountain with sculpture representing the sails of the Galway Hookers – a traditional sailing boat known as pucans and gleotogs (hookers in English).   Broad black hulls, thick masts and rust-coloured sails, used to ferry peat, cattle and beer ..

Lynch’s Castle .. now a bank, but still the grandest 16th Century town house in Galway.  It was owned by the Lynch family, one of 14 merchant families or ‘tribes’ who controlled Galway ..

Hubby with Oscar and Eduard Wilde ..

Butlers choccie is yummy !

This quaint building was built in 1580 ..

We made our way down to the Old Quays where the Corrib River opens out to the sea and where the Spanish Arches were built in 1584 to protect the harbour ..

White swans are common on the rivers in Ireland ..


Cathedral of St Nicholas … built in 1965

View of the city from the seaside resort of Salthill …

From Galway one can easily do day trips to the Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher which we did.  A pity we didn’t have time to take a ferry to the Aran Islands and many other historic and interesting places.

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