What’s the craic in Galway ?

Yesterday I took the tràin from Dublin to Galway with my good friend Frank. We had a great chat on the train and enjoyed exploring a few places in and around Eyre Square. Frank has worked with many groups in Galway for 5 years so it was good to get his perspective on this vibrant city in the west of Ireland.

The group below made me laugh. The scrawny dog walked up to me and pushed his body into my leg. Can you see the small dog with the tinsel scarf hanging his head nonchalantly over the basket?

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The pub below is over 800 years old and retains many of its original medieval features. It was once home to the Mayor of Galway, Thomas Lynch Fitz-Ambrose until it was seized from him by Col. Peter Stubbers following the surrender of Galway to Cromwell’s invading forces in 1653. Stubbers is thought to have been responsible for the beheading of King Charles 1 of England in 1649.

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Street musicians play freely all over the cobbled streets of Galway, similar to Dublin. Simple poems are displayed around the city too. I like the one below. Galway literally has hundreds of festivals a year. It’s a happening place and I’m looking forward to more visits next year.

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