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Beginning as a small fishing village centred around the estuary of Lough
Corrib, (traditionally named after Galvia, a
princess who drowned in the waters), Galway is one of the fastest growing cities
The Normans constructed protective walls around the thriving port and a harbour,
wine being the main import. The fine buildings give testimony to the growing
wealth of the town. Lynch's Castle in Shop Street is a well-preserved example.
Sadly the Cromwellian and Williamite Wars caused the demise of the city. The
famous Tribes of Galway were forced into exile and the city went into decline.
The medieval walls of Galway did not survive intact, although, a 1584 extension
known as Spanish Arch survived.
There is a sighposted walking tour of 'Old Galway'
Today, Galway is a vibrant city with colourful shopfronts, theatre, pubs filled
with traditional music, clubs, a great selection of restaurants, universities
and colleges and much, much more.
Galway is also known as the Town of Streams since seven waterways converge here.
Salmons leaping upstream can be observed from salmon Weir Bridge and there is a
leisure boating centre at Woodquay, once Galway's inland harbour.
The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed
Heaven and St. Nicolas, said to be the last great stone cathedral of Western
Europe is a most impressive building. The exterior is of Renaissance style and
the interior has beautiful green marble floors and limestone walls.
The Dominican Church has a 17th century wooden statue known as Our Lady of
Galway. The world famous Claddagh ring owes its origin to the same area of
Galway as this Dominican Church.
Salthill is a lively seaside resort with Leisureland recreational complex and
safe beaches with watersport facilities.
The Eastern side of the city has many craft factories including The Royal Tara
China factory and Galway Irish Crystal and Heritage Display Centre.
There is a par-three golf course, Rosshill Golf Course at Roscam and other
activities nearby include 10-pin bowling and go-karting.
The renowned Galway Races at Balltbrit Racecourse see visitors from around the
Walking, Watersports, Fishing,
Golf and Cycling etc...
Links of interest
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