The beautiful harbour city of Galway is considered by many as the cultural center of Ireland. The city’s charm is immediately evident while walking through the buzzing town — whether it’s listening to live music in one of the many brightly coloured pubs or sitting outdoors watching buskers from one of the restaurant patios.
We spent four days in Galway, primarily for Jenn & John’s wedding. It was an amazing wedding celebration and a great reunion with lots of good friends, from back in our London days.
Before the start of the wedding, we made a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs, which stretch for five miles and stand 702 feet above sea level at the highest point, sprawl grandly over the Atlantic. As you walk along the cliffs, huge gusts of wind fill the air with invigorating freshness, yet it’s still such a sight — looking across at the emerald green grass and down onto the jagged rocks, with the crests of the waves rolling endlessly below.
Along the drive back, we encountered spots of sunshine and rain, leading to a number of rainbows, and sometimes double rainbows!
We also spent a day just enjoying Galway itself. We started the day walking through Eyre Square, a public park in the heart of the city. We continued along Shop Street, which is filled with pubs, restaurants and lots of street performances. It was the perfect place to stop for ice cream at Murphy’s and also lunch at Quay Street Kitchen.
We continued to stroll through town and eventually made our way to the Spanish Arch. The arch was originally an extension of the city’s defensive walls. Dating back from 1584, it is one of the city’s most iconic records of medieval times.
We walked along the canals, and to the long promenade leading to the seaside suburb of Salthill on Galway Bay.
Later that evening, it was time for the wedding festivities to begin. We enjoyed a casual evening at O’Connells, for a few drinks, and John’s favourite pizza, Dough Bros.
The wedding was at the Galmont Hotel & Spa, and was immediately followed by cocktails and a reception. A great reunion with lots of good friends, and a party that took us although until about 2:30am!