Galway is the largest county in Connacht and home to Ireland’s third largest city, making it a perfect mix of rural relaxation and urban entertainment. Lough Corrib splits the county in two, with the rugged, harsh and awe-inspiring Connemara to the west and luscious pastoral land on the east.
The Connemara region of Galway is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas in Ireland. Its wildness and solitude are a reminder of an Ireland long since past. Visit at different times of the year and enjoy its rugged beauty, from the moss-covered rocks to the summer wild flowers.
Follow the road to the left towards Dominic St and Quay St for even quainter shops.
Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Gold is the oldest producer of Claddagh rings. The rings, which have been produced since the 1700s, show two hands holding a heart that wears a crown. The sentiment of the ring is: "Let Love and Friendship reign". Closely associated with the Claddagh region of Galway, the ring makes an ideal memento of your trip to the city.
On Saturdays a market is held at the gates of St. Nicholas’ Church on - the once again aptly titled - Market St. What started as a farmers' market has grown to include not only locally produced fruit and vegetables but also traditional crafts, clothes and mouth-watering food stalls. The homemade produce is pretty impossible to resist, no matter how hungry you are!
For more tourist info visit www.discoverireland.com/west.