Theme Week County Galway – Dunmore

26 March 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

High Street © Andreas F. Borchert/cc-by-sa-3.0

High Street © Andreas F. Borchert/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dunmore (Irish: Dún Mór, meaning ‘big fort’) is a town in County Galway, Ireland. It is located on the N83 national secondary road at its junction with the R328 and R360 regional roads.   read more…

Theme Week County Galway – Loughrea

25 March 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

© panoramio.com - Ahmet Colakoglu/cc-by-sa-3.0

© panoramio.com – Ahmet Colakoglu/cc-by-sa-3.0

Loughrea (Irish: Baile Locha Riach, meaning ‘town of the grey/speckled lake’) is a town in County Galway, Ireland. The town lies to the north of a range of wooded hills, the Slieve Aughty Mountains, and the lake from which it takes its name. The town’s cathedral, St Brendan’s, dominates the town’s skyline. The town has increased in population in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Although the town also serves as a commuter town for the city of Galway, it also remains an independent market town. Loughrea is the fourth most populous settlement in County Galway, with a population of 6,000.   read more…

Theme Week County Galway – Ballinasloe

24 March 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Society Street © LauraSheehan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Society Street © LauraSheehan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ballinasloe (Irish: Béal Átha na Sluaighe, meaning ‘mouth of the ford of the crowds’) is a town in the easternmost part of County Galway in Connacht. It is one of the largest towns in County Galway with a population of 6,700. From 1828 to the 1960s, Ballinasloe was the terminus of the Grand Canal. Guinness Company used the town’s canal stores to store and distribute the Guinness to the midlands. The Grand Canal provided a route for Guinness barges to travel from Dublin to Shannon Harbour. The town features a public marina which was developed on the River Suck to allow traffic from the Shannon Navigation to access the town. Among the places of interest are:   read more…

Theme Week County Galway – Athenry

23 March 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

15th-century market cross © Andreas F. Borchert/cc-by-sa-4.0

15th-century market cross © Andreas F. Borchert/cc-by-sa-4.0

Athenry (Irish: Baile Átha an Rí, meaning ‘Town of the Ford of the King’) is a town in County Galway, Ireland, which lies 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of Galway city. Some of the attractions of the medieval town are its town wall, Athenry Castle, its priory and its 13th century Anglo-Norman street-plan. The town is also well known by virtue of the song “The Fields of Athenry“.   read more…

Theme Week County Galway – Tuam

22 March 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

High Street © Andreas F. Borchert/cc-by-sa-4.0

High Street © Andreas F. Borchert/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tuam (Irish: Tuaim, meaning ‘mound’ or ‘burial-place’) is a town in Ireland and the second-largest settlement in County Galway. It is west of the midlands of Ireland, about 35 km (22 mi) north of Galway city. Humans have lived in the area since the Bronze Age while the historic period dates from the sixth century. The town became increasingly important in the 11th and 12th centuries in political and religious aspects of Ireland. The market-based layout of the town and square indicates the importance of commerce.   read more…

Theme Week County Galway

21 March 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  8 minutes

Connemara National Park from Diamond Hill © Karie Kuiper/cc-by-sa-4.0

Connemara National Park from Diamond Hill © Karie Kuiper/cc-by-sa-4.0

County Galway (Irish: Contae na Gaillimhe) is a county in Ireland. It is in the West of Ireland, taking up the south of the province of Connacht. There are several Irish-speaking areas in the west of the county. The traditional county includes, and is named for, the city of Galway, but the city and county are separate local government areas, administered by the local authorities of Galway City Council in the urban area and Galway County Council in the rest of the county. The population of the county was 258,058 at the 2016 census.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  20 minutes

Theme Weeks (Latest addition: May 2024) In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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Galway has everything for a relaxing city break

17 November 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, European Union, European Capital of Culture Reading Time:  11 minutes

The Tribes of Galway on Eyre Square © flickr.com - Eoin Gardiner

The Tribes of Galway on Eyre Square © flickr.com – Eoin Gardiner

Galway (Cathair na Gaillimhe) is a city in County Galway, Republic of Ireland. It is the fifth largest and the fastest-growing city in Ireland. It is also the third largest city within the Republic and the only city in the Province of Connacht. Located on the west coast of Ireland, it sits on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay. The population of Galway’s Borough area is 75,414 according to the 2011 census.   read more…

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