Do you know this about Galway?

Immortalised in song, from Ed Sheeran to the Pogues, Galway is one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties and cultures. Here are ten facts below that you might not know about this place.

  1. Galway City is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland (population 75,414).
  2. Galway is home to the longest place name in Ireland, Muckanaghederdauhaulia, which means “pigsty between two salty places”
  3. Galway City was nicknamed the “Tribal City” after the numerous merchant families who controlled and led the city during the city’s past.

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  1. One of the most well-known icons to be born in Galway is Hollywood actor Peter O’Toole. O’Toole owns the world record for the number of Oscar nominations with no win (eight).
  2. The Claddagh ring is a symbol of Galway’s love and friendship, which is used throughout the world.
  3. Galway has been named one of the eight “sexiest cities” in the world, back in 2007. Come and see for yourself with Irish Airports at
  4. There are 7,000 speakers of Irish in the city of Galway, which is almost ten percent of the population.
  5. Galway is often referred to as the “Heart of Irish Culture” because it is most related to Irish, music, songs and dance traditions.
  6. The city is known for its lively lifestyle and various festivals, celebrations and events including the summer Galway Art Festival which is famous for the famous Macnas (art group) parade.
  7. The park in downtown Galway was officially called the J.F.K Park after a presidential visit in 1970. The park in downtown Galway was officially called the John F. Kennedy Park. For locals though, it is still known affectionately as Eyre Square. This square is home to the old city gates and cannons.
  8. There are numerous symbols that are associated with Galway, including the Claddagh Ring, the Aran Sweater, a symbol of the Aran Islands, but also of the country itself; and Galway Hookers, iconic ships of the Galway water.
  9. The Aran Islands, perhaps the most famous island in Ireland, are located just off the coast of Galway. Three islands – Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer – are the right places to visit to see the best of Ireland. They are also a Gaeltacht area.

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  1. You might not know that in 1477, Christopher Columbus paid a visit to Galway and this visit was recorded in a copy of his Imago Mundi. In his birthplace of Genoa in Italy, there was an offer of a memorial to the Galway people in commemoration of this visit.
  2. St. College Church Nicholas (Church of Ireland) is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland that is still frequently used. Christopher Columbus was bound to have worshipped here in 1477.
  3. Galway was nearly ruined by fire but the positive to come out of this event was that wealthy citizens began to build luxury homes, for example Lynch Castle, and the city was rebuilt in a planned and attractive manner.

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