Situated on the very edge of one of the largest and most vibrant Gaeltacht regions in the country, Galway has a unique and special relationship with the Irish language. Gaeltacht refers to an area where Irish is used as an everyday language by the people of the town. As a result, Galway is a bilingual city: Irish and English.
For those arts lovers out there, Galway is home to the National Irish Language Theatre or Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe providing Irish language plays for all ages throughout the city. Why not visit Club Aras na nGael on Dominic Street, visit Tigh Choili or Tigh Taaffes for some traditional Irish music or sign up with Conradh na Gaeilge who provide classes and events in Irish.
The official Galway website: www.galway.net is a veritable treasure trove of information for things to do, places to see and calendars of events in the region. It also has a section for accommodation for both the city of Galway and the region as a whole with a wealth of beautiful boutique hotels allowing you to plan a cosy classy bolthole for your stay.