Situated on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is the second largest county in Ireland. The origin of Galway is uncertain. However, the ancient Irish called foreigners ‘na Gall’, hence the suggestion that Galway was ‘the place of foreigners’. After the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 13th century the power of the city was divulged to 14 'Tribes', affluent families of English descent, and the city became known, famously, as the 'City of the Tribes You will find a multitude of places to go, things to see and do and friendly people to meet. Galway city has a large student population, which brings a young, vibrant atmosphere to the pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops on its busy and colourful streets. The city is full of artistic talent, culture, history and music. Many international artists have moved to the Galway region, inspired by the rugged landscape, the sea and the clear light. Galway city attractions include:
Eyre Square (renamed John F Kennedy Park) ; an open green park where on can relax or view the many attractions, including ; Statue of Paraic O’Connaire ; erected in 1935 in memory of the writer who travelled the roads with his horse and cart. Best remembered for M’asal Beag Dubh. Died 1928. Cannons; these cannons were presented to the Connaught Rangers at the end of the Crimean War 1854-1856. The Rangers had played a major part in the Alma Valley Battles in 1854. The Fountain; built in 1984, consists of a copper-coloured representation of the sails of the Galway Hooker. This was a traditional fishing boat, unique to Galway.
The Spanish Arch; Built in 1584 and located on the banks of the Corrib, an extension of the city walls that protected the quay
City Museum; Situated into one of its walls of the Spanish Arch, displays antiques and implements that was used in Galway many years ago
Lynch's Castle; A fine stone building and a townhouse which dates back to the 14th century. Mayor Lynch reputed to have hanged his son for murder.
The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven; Opened in 1965 and built on the site of the former county jail. This jail was closed in 1939 and known for its cruel treatment of prisoners.