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Galway by Sceptre Tours

Galway is a city in the western region of the Republic of Ireland, and is a prime destination both for its own local charms and because it serves as a fantastic “jumping-off” point for west Ireland! This week’s 60-Second Geography is sponsored by Sceptre Tours because, well, who knows Ireland better?

60-Second Geography

Galway, Ireland

Galway has rich local attractions, including the below pictured City Museum and Eyre Square, the latter being a popular shopping area for tourists and locals alike. Perhaps more excitingly, Galway is easy to travel to internationally, and can be used as a hub to visit the rich countryside of West Ireland! From the rugged western coastline to green stone-walled pastures the vistas are certainly a big part of the journey. In Western Ireland, you can also sleep in ancient castles or spend the night in luxury modern spa hotels. You can visit ancient ruins and stone cairns of unknown origin. Keep this in mind when considering a trip to Galway!
  • Galway is known as the “City of Tribes,” owing to its history as being ruled by 14 “tribes,” or families. Their names were: Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D’arcy, Deane, Font, French, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris, and Skerritt. The Joyce tribe included James Joyce, the well-known modernist author.
  • Use Galway as a central point from which to travel to any of these well-known west coast sites: the Cliffs of Moher, the megaliths of Carrowmore, and churches and castles like Roscrea Castle, Ballyhannan Castle, Blarney Castle and the ‘Abbey’ of Roscommon.
  • The West Coast of Ireland, including Galway, is the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region. In some areas all street signs are in “the Irish.” Gaelic is spoken over a wide area of West Ireland, including Galway, Kerry, Cork, Mayo and Donegal. Much of the local music, both traditional and modern, is in the native Irish.
  • From North America, fly into either Dublin or Shannon for West Ireland. It’s easy to get around the country!
  • Fishing in western Ireland is hard to beat and a favorite outdoor sport of many travelers.
  • Self-drive vacations are easy…but remember to drive on the left and watchout for round-abouts and, in the rural areas, sheep!
  • 20% of North Americans can trace their ancestory to Ireland. Want to check out your geneology? Visit http://www.nli.ie/
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