GALWAY EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2020.
Galway is a location closely connected to the history of the Claddagh ring.
Congratulations Galway and well deserved. It is a fitting tribute to the wide range of organisations, groups and arts related events around Galway.
The European Capital of Culture was developed in 1985 and has, to date, been awarded to more than 50 cities across the EU, including Dublin in 1991 and Cork in 2005.
The minister for Arts, Heather Humphreys, said Galway's role as European City of Culture will allow it to showcase the very best the city has to offer and to promote Irish culture.
This city is special. According to the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine: Galway inspired Steve Earle to song. The New York Times said it may be our 'most charming' city. Galway mixes coastal flair, student swagger, continental confidence and hippie heart in one thrilling West of Ireland cocktail. (Irish Independent Weekend Magazine).
Shopping in Galway is an exciting experience. A surprise around every corner. Independent boutiques. Not to be forgotten are the many restaurants. Enjoy a taste of Galway Bay, 'Oscars Seafood Bistro' offers award-winning dishes. Taste the 'Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale'.
Moving out of the city - let its plunging Atlantic Ocean entice you to explore its many small coves, steep cliffs and magnificent beaches. Enjoy its untamed nature. It is not unusal to stumble across donkeys roaming freely, or herds of the famous Connemara ponies, both are linked to Ireland's history and heritage.
Many fishing villages dot the coastline. 'Rossaveal, 36km west of Galway City is famous for its seafood production. Mannin Bay just outside Clifden in the north of the county is famed for its organic salmon.
Galway still offers a traditional feel. Enjoy its sense of quiet, raw beauty and life at a slower place.