Fill your platter with Irish delights at Galway City, a centre of art, language, and culture; a fusion of modern vibes and historic sites, you’re sure to find something here to suit your every mood.
Start your tour at the Spanish Arch, a remnant from the 16th century; it used to stand guard over Spanish galleons to prevent looting. Called “Ceann an Bhalla” or “Head of the Wall,” it’s a short and stout structure that looks out into the banks of the River Corrib.
Enjoy the outdoors on your Ireland holiday, and traipse along to Eyre Square, a grassy, open area presented to the city in 1710, by Mayor Edward Eyre. It was renamed "Kennedy Memorial Park" in 1965, in honour of John F. Kennedy, who visited here before he was assassinated in 1963.
Wrapped around these 2 Galway attractions are the Mediaeval Walls, built by the Normans after they came in the 13th century.
Listen to the song "Galway Bay," and you'll hear about the Claddagh; a shore in western Galway City, it's the birthplace of the Claddagh Ring, which is given in love or friendship. This traditional Irish memento has a design of two hands holding a heart, usually topped by a crown. The Claddagh's name is derived from "cladach," which means "stony beach," and from these waters comes the tastiest fish in the area.
For a taste of old Galway, step into the streets of Kirwan's Lane; here, beautiful 16th and 17th century buildings compete for your attention. Named after one of Galway's ancient "tribes" (the aristocracy), the place is now strewn with cafés, restaurants, and craft shops.
Forgot your watch? Amble down to St. Nicholas' church, where you’ll find the Town Clock, a gift from the Bishop of Tuam; its bells started tolling in 1898.