Visit Connemara and the islands, see and hear the Irish language in everyday use in our “Gaeltacht” region, discover our heritage centres and museums, or simply photograph our dramatic landscape.

Ireland’s West has a fantastic selection of visitor attractions, historical sites, beautiful buildings, stunning locations and landscaped gardens. Click here for the following links for ideas of places to go:

A brief history of Galway

Galway City is the capital of the province of Connacht.

The origin of the place name Galway is uncertain, but it is known that among the ancient Irish , foreigners were called na Gall, hence the suggestion that Gaillimh or Galway, “the place of the foreigners”, may have derived its name from the settlement founded by the de Burgos in the 13th century beside a ford on the river Corrib.
Others say that the name place Galway derives from Galvia, known in mythology as being the daughter of a famous Irish Chieftain.

The story goes that she was drowned in the Corrib close by the present day Salmon Weir Bridge. In later medieval times, Galway became a powerful city State through its trade in wine, spices, salt, animal products and fish. Galway became a royal Borough in 1396 and when, in 1484, Richard III of England gave it Mayoral Status, power was transferred from the be Burgos to the leading fourteen tribes or merchant Families. Hence Galway is a modern city, with a unique atmosphere and charm. Galway is a modern city, with a unique atmosphere and charm.

Galway is Connemara. However, no holiday would be complete first having spent a few days in Galway, using Glenlo Abbey Hotel as your base from where “Galway’s as close as you want it to be”.