Theme Week County Galway

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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.

The first inhabitants in the Galway area arrived over 7000 years ago. Shell middens indicate the existence of people as early as 5000 BC. The county originally comprised several kingdoms and territories which predate the formation of the county. These kingdoms included Aidhne, Uí Maine, Maigh Seóla, Conmhaícne Mara, Soghain and Máenmaige. County Galway became an official entity around 1569 AD. The region known as Connemara retains a distinct identity within the county, though its boundaries are unclear, and so it may account for as much as one third, or as little as 20%, of the county. The county includes a number of inhabited islands, such as the Aran Islands (Irish: Oileáin Árann) and Inishbofin (Inis Bó Fine). With the arrival of Christianity many monasteries were built in the county. Monasteries kept written records of events in the area and of its people. These were followed by a number of law-tracts, genealogies, annals and miscellaneous accounts.

Sonny Molloy's in Galway © Gerd Eichmann/cc-by-sa-4.0 Tully Cross cottage © flickr.com - Lindy Buckley/cc-by-2.0 Connemara National Park from Diamond Hill © Karie Kuiper/cc-by-sa-4.0 Cottage on the road to Rosroe © geograph.org.uk - Graham Horn/cc-by-sa-2.0 Dunguaire Castle off the Galway Bay © DC Chadwick/cc-by-sa-4.0 Finnegan's Pub in Galway © panoramio.com - Bob Linsdell/cc-by-3.0 Inishbofin Harbour © Drow69/cc-by-sa-3.0 Kilcolgan Castle © Drow69/cc-by-sa-3.0 Kinvara © Javier Mediavilla Ezquibela/cc-by-2.5 Kylemore Abbey © geograph.org.uk - Ray Jones/cc-by-sa-2.0 Slyne Head Lighthouse © MikaLaureque/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Cottage on the road to Rosroe © geograph.org.uk - Graham Horn/cc-by-sa-2.0
County Galway is home to Na Beanna Beola (Twelve Bens) mountain range, Na Sléibhte Mhám Toirc (the Maum Turk mountains), and the low mountains of Sliabh Echtghe (Slieve Aughty). The highest point in the county is one of the Twelve Bens, Benbaun, at 729m. County Galway is partly home to a number of Ireland’s largest lakes including Lough Corrib (the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland), Lough Derg and Lough Mask. The county is also home to a large number of smaller lakes, many of which are in the Connemara region. The location of County Galway, situated on the west coast of Ireland, allows it to be directly influenced by the Gulf Stream. Temperature extremes are rare and short lived, though inland areas, particularly east of the Corrib, can boast some of the highest recorded temperatures of the summer in the island of Ireland (sometimes exceeding 30°C).

One of the least densely populated counties, County Galway harbors a variety of wildlife. The region’s biodiversity is best represented by Connemara National Park, situated in the west of the county. According to numbers published by Galway Chamber of Commerce in early 2019, there were then 196 information and communications technology (ICT) organisations in Galway, including IBM, SAP, Oracle and Cisco. There is a number of medical device companies in the area, including Medtronic (with approximately 1,800 employees) and Boston Scientific (2,800 employees).

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