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Galway, Ireland: The Top 10 Must Know Facts About Galway


Galway city and Galway County are full of endless adventure, entertainment, beauty, and fun facts. It is impossible to capture all this in a single blog post. So, here are 10 fun, notable facts about the City of Tribes that I learned on my CEA study abroad in Galway adventure:

Fact 1: Galway will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020 and has been known as the Cultural Heart of Ireland.

 From street performers to an international art festival!

Fact 2: The Claddagh Ring (the ring with two hands clasping a heart, topped with a crown), Aran Sweater (those cozy wool, off-white sweaters), and the Galway Hookers(a fishing boat, people!) are all Irish symbols that hail from Galway.
 Claddagh Ring Museum

Fact 3: The longest place name in Ireland is located in Galway County: Muckanaghederdauhaulia. The Gaelic roughly translates as “piggery between two briny places.”
 Galway County Flag

Fact 4: The park in the city center of Galway, known as Eyre Square, is officially named John F. Kennedy Park after Ireland’s favorite U.S. president.
 Galway Hooker Statue in Eyre Square & John F. Kennedy Park

Fact 5: The former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is an honorary graduate of NUIG (National University of Ireland – Galway).

 NUIG Quad

Fact 6: The Quadrangle at NUIG was built with local limestone in Tudor Gothic style, modeled after Christ Church at the University of Oxford.
 Beautiful Oxford-like NUIG Quad

Fact 7: Galway is the unofficial capital of Gaeltacht (the native Irish language) and is home to 10% of the Irish population.
 Street Sign Galway County

Fact 8: In 2007, Galway was ranked as one of the top eight Sexiest Cities in the world, ranked by jobs, style and cultural diversity.
 Friars River & River Corrib in Galway City

Fact 9: Galway, a.k.a. City of the Tribes, has 14 roundabouts named after the 14 merchant families (or tribes) that founded the town. Among them are Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D'Arcy, Deane, Ffont, Ffrench, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martyn, Morriss and Skerrett.
 D'arcy Roundabout & the Tribe Flags in Eyre Square

Fact 10: Galway is home to the Old Long Walk and the Salthill Promenade. It is tradition to walk the 2km promenade and kick the wall at the end before turning around.
 The Old Long Walk
 Salthill Promenade Refreshment Shack

Keep in mind these are only 10 fun facts. There is plenty more to discover!

“May the Road Rise up to Meet You” -Irish Blessing

Hannah G. is a CEA Admissions Counselor. She studied abroad with CEA in Galway in the summer of 2014. 

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