Galway, Ireland

THURSDAY JUNE 29TH

  • Bunratty Castle Folk Park: old castle and grounds; fairly touristy, but also educational
  • Mooghaun Hillfort: old ruins from a 1000 BC settlement
  • Moroney’s: local pub where I had my first legal beer, a Guinness of course
  • Burren Geosite: ruin burial grounds
  • Corcomroe Abbey: Abbey ruins that date back to the 1100s
  • McSwiggin’s: local pub with a cozy atmosphere
  • Finnigan’s: traditional Irish food; don’t expect much flavor

FRIDAY JUNE 30TH

  • Quay’s: one of the most famous pubs in Galway, it has two floors and live music most nights (same music you hear in America though)
  • Sea Fest: local festival that celebrates the importance of Ireland’s seas; we got to see two people fly board
  • Latin Quarter: where many of Galway’s bars and restaurants are located; many street performers on busy nights
  • Spanish Arch: marks the Latin Quarter entrance
  • Smith House: largest selection of craft beer in Galway
  • South Park: large grassy park just outside downtown
  • Kumar’s Taste of Asia
  • Kennedy Park: also known as Eyre Square, this city square is over 300 years old
  • Murphy’s Ice Cream: gourmet ice cream with flavors like gin and honey
  • Tig Cóilí: the best bar for real Irish music

SATURDAY JULY 1ST

  • “The Quiet Man” Bridge: countryside bridge from the Irish movie
  • Mannion’s Bar: great pub food in Clifden
  • Clifden
  • Kylemore Abbey: first a castle home, became an abbey and boarding school in 1920; it is still a functional abbey
  • Ashford Castle: old castle turned high end hotel with beautiful grounds; it even has a moat
  • Cong Abbey: ruins of an old stone Abbey
  • Pat Cohan’s Bar: located in Cong, this bar was used in a scene from the movie, “The Quiet Man”

 

 

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