County Galway is in the western province of Connacht.
There are Irish-speaking areas in the west of the county Galway City is the third largest city in Ireland and the only city in the province. Galway is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and has many festivals, celebrations and events. In July Galway hosts the Galway Arts Festival.
The Church of Ireland St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church (1320) is the largest medieval church still in daily use in Ireland. The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas is a far larger, more imposing building constructed from limestone. It has a renaissance dome, pillars and round arches, and a Romanesque portico In addition to the arts festival it has the Galway Races in August, and the Galway International Oyster Festival in September.
A number of inhabited islands are administered by the county, they include the famous Aran Islands) and Inishbofin. Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland, is in Galway. The highest point in the county is Benbaun, at over 700m. Situated on the west coast of Ireland it to be directly influenced by the Gulf-Stream. Temperature extremes are rare and don’t last long.
Connemara National Park is situated in the west of the county.
Galway AirportGalway Airport is located between Oranmore and Claregalway, it has scheduled services to the other major airports in Ireland, to major airports in Britain and also has flights to a small amount of continental European destinations.
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Aerfort na Minna (22 kilometres west of the city) operates regular flights to each of the Aran Islands (Oileáin Árann).
Shannon Airport 90 kilometres south and
Ireland West Airport Knock 86 kilometres north are also within easy reach of the city and have frequent flights around Ireland and to Britain, the rest of Europe.
Bus Éireann and City Direct Galway service the city
The River Corrib is the important waterway in Galway.
There are four bridges across the Corrib: William O’Brien Bridge, Salmon Weir Bridge, Wolfe Tone Bridge and the Quincentennial Bridge. Iarnród Éireann runs six return passenger services each day between Galway and Dublin’s Heuston Stn, also serving intermediate stations.
Travel time for the 210 km distance is just under 3 hours.
Primary Roads: N17 from the North (Tuam, Sligo, Donegal), M6 motorway from the East (Athlone, Dublin) N18 from the South (Shannon Town, Limerick and Cork). In the next 5 years the Galway-Dublin, Galway-Limerick and Galway-Tuam routes will be motorway standard.
Galway is considered the gateway to Connemara and the Irish speaking Gaeltacht.
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