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Galway - The Vastness of Ireland’s Seaside Storm Town

Pubs, restaurants and shops on Quay Street, Galway, Ireland. Photo:Alamy


Galway - The Vastness of Ireland’s Seaside Storm Town


By Patryk Krych | The World Daily | AUGUST 14th 2020


Centuries have passed since the whispered legend of the Saint who’d slain all the snakes and brought about peace to the chaos in the green Republic of Ireland was first told, and if such a story holds any truth, the seaside town of Galway has seen its benefits in the grandest manner.

Galway’s pristine and almost untamed Connemara coast holds much to admire, in both appearance and atmosphere. The entirety of the town stands out as a highlight of Ireland’s Western regions, a must-see for anyone passing through. From its colourful city centre to its local wilderness, its sparkling coast and its oceanic weather, it leaves little to desire, and everything to the admiration of the eye.

It’s existed for nearly 1,000 years, having first been established as a fortification, followed by the eventual formation of a town in the 13th century. Its history is rich and deep, following many of Ireland’s most major events, from the invasion of the English, to the notorious famine that shook the country. Everything the common historian may seek to learn from Ireland could be learned right here, where its splendour shines bright. Of course, it’s a friendly visit for both historians and travellers alike!

There is much to do and experience. From exploring the city and lush countryside, to meeting the horses and sheep, or taking the family out for a day by the beach. Perhaps a romantic stroll through the Salthill promenade!

If classic Irish scenery of rolling green hills and curving islands is a sight you’d like to see, why not take a trip along Clifden’s 11km famous tourist car/bike route, the Sky Road? Infamous for its unmatched beauty and recognised as one of Ireland’s most beautiful viewing routes, with a perfect outlook for the Twelve Bens mountains.

Peter O’Toole, the famous Irish actor known for playing the lead roles in such classics as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, and ‘The Ruling Class’, had often walked the Sky Road, and even held a residence there, before his death in 2013. For the fans of the cinematic prowess the actor had displayed from the 60s onwards, the Sky Road is a definite must-see!

Ireland is plentiful with culture and history, and many of those travelling there may wish to experience it to the fullest. In Galway, It’s present in everything, from the weather to the architecture, and the greenery it’s so well known for. After all, the country’s said to have over 137,500 farms across it, all of which stretch over hills and border one another with stone fences. A sight some may not find anywhere else!

For those who prefer to go town-crawling and admiring the architecture, there’s no end to Galway’s pub culture. Being a college town, it has quite a few pubs! It’s also packed with churches that vary in their anciency, as well as lots to do and see in the historic city centre. Go shopping in its many tourist-friendly malls and stores, or simply explore the occasional odd statues and memorials. The city’s history is on display everywhere you look – and so too is a fine place to sit down and have a drink.

You might consider going during the Summertime, when the town is in an uproar of exciting festivals to celebrate with friends and family. The International Oyster Festival in Septembers, and the multitude of arts festivals in July can’t go amiss either! Any turn you take in the city will lead to fun times, but the greatness of visiting during a festival season cannot go unspoken!

About 30 minutes out of Galway, in the Galway County, one might feel inclined to give a visit to the Burren Nature Sanctuary. 50 entire acres of woodlands and gorgeous meadows, including a lake to pass by on the unforgettable nature trails. All this for an admission of only €8 ($9 USD), fit for either the full explorer family with an eye for Celtic history, or the lone traveller with an adventurous imagination.

Galway’s nearly untouched nature and historical sights are one of its greatest attractions, and for good reason. It’s green both visually, and symbolically, with its classic Irish colours on proud display. Its legends are also displayed with pride. The worldwide celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating the day the Saint had driven the snakes out of Ireland, is only among the most well-known ones. Why not find something more obscure, such as the legends at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher?

The legend goes that there was once a city, not too distant from the Cliffs, in a bay nearly constantly battered by waves. Buried beneath the waters for committing a terrible crime, the city was said to be lost, but visible only once every seven years. As the legend states, he or she who could fix their vision upon the sight of the underwater city enough to reach it, would be able to restore it to its lost glory, and receive its abundant wealth and riches. Whether or not there’s truth to the legend, why not give the Cliffs of Moher, just outside of Galway County, a visit to see for yourself? You may not find riches, but you’ll certain find a sight worth the trip.

Galway, both its city and its County, are made up of Summertime joy. Few can attest to having a city so beautiful, every corner becomes an adventure. And Galway doesn’t hide its adventurous side in the slightest. Its citizens are proud, and its visitors are enthralled. There are many incredible places to visit in Ireland, some so different they’ll not be forgotten soon. Galway is, and always will be, one such town. One that shouldn’t be overlooked when planning your next trip to the green island.


By Patryk Krych | © The World Daily 2020