Discover Galway City

Galway is a city, a county, and an experience to be savoured and remembered. The historic city of the tribes dances to a beat uniquely it’s own. There are many reasons to visit Galway and to stay at Claregalway Hotelfor your well earned hotel break Galway. The city takes its name from the Gaillimh River (River Corrib) that formed the western boundary of the earliest settlement, which was called Dun Bhun na Gaillimhe, or the fort at the mouth of the Gaillimhe. The word Gaillimh means “stony” as in “stony river” (alternative and more mythical, derivations are given in History of Galway). The city also bears the nickname The City of the Tribes, because fourteen “Tribes” (merchant families) led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period. The term Tribes was originally a derogatory phrase from Cromwellian times. The merchants would have seen themselves as English nobility, and hence were loyal to the King. Their uncertain reaction to the siege of Galway by Cromwellian forces earned them this label, which they subsequently adopted in defiance.

Galway city is unique among Irish cities because of the strength of its Irish language, music, song and dancing traditions – it is often referred to as the ‘Bilingual Capital of Ireland’. The city is well known for its ‘Irishness’, and mainly due to the fact that it has on its doorstep the Galway Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area). The language is visible on the city streets, with bilingual signage on display on shops and road signs, and can be heard by locals around the city. A vast array of festivals take place in Galway City each year – too many to mention here so be sure and click on the ‘Festivals & Events’ tab at the top of the page for a detailed list! Among some of the events taking place in Galway City each year is the Cúirt International Festival of Literature(April), the Galway Early Music Festival (May), the Galway Sessions traditional Irish music festival, the Galway Film Fleadh (July), the Galway Arts Festival (July), Galway Races horse racing festival (start of August), Galway City Marathon September), Galway International Oyster Festival(September), the Baboró Galway International Arts Festival for Children (October) and the Tulca Visual Arts Festival (November) to name but a few.


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