Galway & Cliffs of Moher
Galway & Cliffs of Moher
Galway is situated on Republic of Ireland’s west coast directly across from the capital of Dublin. It is the 4th largest city in the Republic and 6th largest on the island. Galway is often referred to as the ‘most Irish of Irish cities’ and is considered by many to be the country’s cultural heart.
On the whole, Galway has a relaxed and festive atmosphere that lends itself to an attractive lifestyle involving many festivals that are enjoyed by inhabitants and visitors alike. Brightly painted buildings create an upbeat, jovial feeling – whether lit up by sun or surrounded by mist and rain. Numerous pubs routinely sponsor live music while outdoor cafes present a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy conversation with friends – as well as to make friends – with whom you are likely to be singing later.
Galway architecture holds many remarkable structures. Lynch’s Castle is considered the finest medieval townhouse in Ireland. The Church of Ireland St. Nicholas Collegiate Church constructed in 1320 is the largest medieval church in everyday use in all of Ireland. Nearby the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas, the Roman Catholic counterpart constructed 600 years later in 1965 – just celebrating it’s 50th anniversary – is a beautiful, imposing structure that harkens back to an earlier time. It hosts a rarity in Ireland consisting of a Romanesque portico in a style developed off of a church in Salamanca, Spain.
A favorite activity near beautiful Galway Bay is to ‘walk the Prom’ – the seaside promenade that runs from the edge of the city along Salthill. If fortunate you may be able to see a storm rollover the Atlantic or Galway Bay.
The park at the center of Galway is officially called John F. Kennedy Park after a visit by the US President, but still is commonly known as Eyre Square. The park hosts the city’s old main gates and the old cannon that defended the city.
Around the sightseeing, visitors are encouraged to enjoy the oysters, salmon and other seafood that is plentiful and fresh in this region.
Quay Street is a must walk to take in the colorful street which houses merchants, restaurants, pubs and cafes. Hearing live music is a regular occurrence as you stroll. There is a great time to be enjoyed by all, but expect to leave with your wallet or pocket book a little lighter. The Latin Quarter of Galway has a similar atmosphere and is a nice alternative.
Steeped in a rich history, the city’s beat is strong with a contemporary and cultured vibe increasingly fueled by students who now make up nearly a quarter of the population.
The Cliffs of Moher, located slightly southwest of Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland is one of the most famous and visited sites in Ireland. It has been featured in various movies. The Cliffs present a magnificent visual spectacle where the island rises steeply up from the Atlantic Ocean, at Hag’s Head 390’ feet to a remarkable 702 feet near O’Brien’s Tower. The cliffs take their name from an old fort, Moher, which once stood at Hags Head a couple centuries ago. From the cliffs visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay that inhabits a mere 1200 people. Due to high winds, that have reportedly approached 170mph the cliffs can be temporarily closed for safety purposes.