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?


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.


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.


Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

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