Call in and watch Jonathan Margetts tinkering with rings in Thomas Dillon’s shop. He’s an expert on the history of the Claddagh Ring, Ireland’s most famous traditional ring. The ring consists of two hands holding a heart that wears a crown, and started life in the fishing village of Claddagh, a community of Irish-speaking families who still elect their own "King".
From award-winning chips at McDonagh’s to fabulous farmhouse Irish cheeses at Sheridans – you’ll find something to your taste in Galway. No visit is complete without calling into the family-owned Griffin’s Bakery (going strong since 1876 and now in its fifth generation) for their unbeatable breads, including bracks, rye, soda, gluten-free, multigrain and even one with an Irish whiskey kick.
Packed with curious corners and ancient tombs, Ireland’s largest medieval parish church, St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church, was built in 1320. These days, traditional Irish Tunes in the Church feature the rector on his concert flute on summer nights. Christopher Columbus is even reputed to have prayed here in 1477 before setting off on his voyage of discovery to the New World.
Hidden away in the narrow Bowling Green is what looks like an unremarkable house. Now a museum, it was the tiny family home of Nora Barnacle, James Joyce’s wife and muse. The couple had their first date on 16 June 1904. This date was immortalised in Joyce’s most famous work Ulysses, and is now universally known as Bloomsday.
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High quality hand prepared traditional Irish smoked and marinated seafood. Emphasis on freshness, seasonality and sustainability. Wild & Organic Salmon and line caught Smoked Tuna. Multi-Award Winning since 1979. One of Rick Stein’s Super Food Heroes. Tours available.
Home to the Benedictine nuns, the 1000 acre Kylemore estate is the perfect day trip destination. Discover an award-winning Victorian Walled Garden, children’s play trail, guided tours, musical performances and excellent shopping and dining experiences.
The Nora Barnacle House, in Galway City, is the smallest museum Ireland. Privately owned it has been faithfully restored to its former character when Nora Barnacle, wife and muse to James Joyce, lived here with her family in the 1800's. Telephone: +353(0)91564743
Date: 25 September - 28 September 2014 Oyster festival with the 'World Oyster Opening Championship', live music, oyster hot spots, seafood trail, free heritage events, hot oyster cooking challenge - showcasing Galway's seafood heroes and the native Galway oyster!
Galway Airport is just three and a half miles from central Galway. Taxis are the only way to get to the city, and they charge approximately €15. Knock International Airport is north of Galway, and primarily serves Catholic pilgrims and Ryanair. A fleet of taxis drive passengers to western Ireland for €1 per kilometre (0.6 mile). For more information visit
The unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro. One euro consists of 100 cents. notes are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500. Coins are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm. Each bank has one later opening day per week. Bureau de Change facilities as well as ATM machines are available at most banks. Money transfers can be organised through Western Union Money Transfer. MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards are widely accepted in Ireland.
Influenced by the Gulf Stream, Ireland has a mild temperature climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius(60-70 Fahrenheit). The temperatures are generally around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit) in Spring and Autumn and between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius (30-40 degrees Fahrenheit) in Winter. For regional forecasts, please consult www.met.ie
EU Citizens are entitled to free hospital treatment in a public ward and should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (which replaced the old E111 form) prior to departure. For further details see www.ehic.ie. Private medical insurance is advised for Visitors from non-EU countries.