Galway City is situated in the west of Ireland and has a strong tradition of trade, education and culture for centuries. It is commonly known as the City of the Tribes. It was recently awarded the accolade of ‘UK and Ireland Great Town of the Year 2013’.
The Atlantic Ocean receives the freshwater of the River Corrib which flows through Galway City. The Galway Docks helped the City to thrive economically in times past as it was one of the busiest ports in Europe (Galway Harbour Company website is under ‘relevant links’) and it was home to the Galway Hooker - a fishing boat that has become a symbol of Galway. Nowadays, cruise liners are more commonly moored at the docks, allowing tourists to disembark and enjoy the sights of the City.
The presence of both the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has ensured that students come from far and wide to receive further education, thereby attracting foreign companies and ensuring that Galway is a vibrant, thriving place for people in which they can live, work and visit.
Founded in 1845, the National University of Ireland, Galway is a 3rd level institution providing education to over 17,000 students and employs 2,200 staff. Queen’s College as it was originally called, first opened the doors of the Quadrangle building in 1849 to 63 students. The ‘Quad’ as it is often called is built in the Tudor Gothic architectural style. The courses available at that time were Arts, Medicine and Law. The first female engineering believed to have graduated is thought to have been a Ms. Alice Perry in 1906. The campus has since grown along between the banks of the River Corrib and Newcastle Road leading to Dangan. Recently a state of the art swimming pool was built on campus. To learn more about NUI, Galway, please see ‘relevant links’.
This third level college is a centre of higher education and is based at five different locations, the largest of which is in Galway City. On offer at the Institute is a range of undergraduate, post graduate and apprentice courses across a range of disciplines. See ‘relevant links’ for a link to the GMIT website.
Two separate councils manage the County's affairs - Galway City Council and Galway County Councilwith both having important roles in maintaining the heritage of Lough Corrib and in protecting the water quality of the lake as it supplies much of the City with water and also to much of the County.
In 1943 a survey was produced for the Irish Tourist Association (ITA) on the Parishes of Rahoon, St. Nicholas E. and N. and S. & W. It contains very detailed information on Galway City - its origins, trade, attacks, antiquites etc. For anyone with an interest in history, this document is worth reading. The following is a list of some of the topics addressed in the 42-page document which can be viewed in full by going to ‘relevant links’.
*The tribes of Galway * Lynch's Castle* Browne's Doorway* The Lion's Tower* St. Nicholas' Cathedral* Horse Island* Buttermilk Lane* Little Shoemakers Lane* The Hill of Executions* Pádraic Ó'Conaire* a detailed look at the Galway Fishery* The Mayfly* Salmon and Trout Fishery* an indepth look at the angling in Lough Corrib's different bays* The Corrib Fisheries Association (founded in 1898), The Claddagh)* Trade in Galway through the ages and the guild system* The image of Our Lady of Galway (hidden through the times of persecution, now venerated in the Dominicans' Church at the Claddagh* Galway Port and Harbour* Schools and Colleges* Galway Fairs* the old county jail and the county courthouse.
BUILT HERITAGE - Towns and Villages - Galway City
THE ARTS in GALWAY
Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe (Irish language theatre productions)
Macnas (street theatre company based in Galway).
SPORT and RECREATION
|Geography of Lough Corrib|
|Management of the Corrib|
|Towns and villages around Lough Corrib|
|Galway Clifden Railway Line|
|Mills and lime kilns|
|Islands of Lough Corrib|
|Corrib Boat Builders|
|Castles around Cong|
|Lagarosiphon major (African Weed)|
|Images of invasive species|
|Boating Accidents and Disasters|
|1916 and Civil War|
|Famine and emigration|
|Media and film|
|Lyrics of Anach Cuan song|
|Current Rowing Club|
|History of rowing|