31 Facts About Galway


Galway is a city in the West of Ireland, in the province of Connacht, which is the county town of County Galway.

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In 1477 Christopher Columbus visited Galway, possibly stopping off on a voyage to Iceland or the Faroe Islands.

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City's university, the University of Galway, has several museums, including the James Mitchell Geology Museum and the Computing and Communications Museum of Ireland.

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Galway City is part of the Galway West constituency of Dail Eireann.

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President of Ireland Michael D Higgins was TD for the Galway West parliamentary constituency, of which Galway City is a part, from 1981 to 1982 and from 1987 to 2011.

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Galway is known as Ireland's Cultural Heart and hosts numerous festivals, celebrations and events.

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In 2007, Galway was named as one of the eight "sexiest cities" in the world.

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Galway has four cinema complexes within or near the city centre: the 11-screen IMC cinema, the 9-screen EYE cinema, the 10-screen Omniplex in Salthill and the 3-screen arthouse cinema Palas.

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The Galway Film Fleadh is a platform for international cinema in Ireland and an advocate for Irish national cinema, for which the festival's identity has become synonymous.

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The Galway Film Fleadh is an industry festival, with many industry events taking place under the name of the Galway Film Fair.

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Galway has a permanent Irish language theatre located in the city centre, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, which was established in 1928 and has produced some of Ireland's most celebrated actors.

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Galway Cathedral Recitals is an international series of concerts of classical music which has taken place in Galway Cathedral each July and August since 1994.

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Galway Cathedral is home to Galway Cathedral Choir, which sings every Sunday and at all the major ceremonies in the cathedral.

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Galway city is a major centre for traditional Irish music.

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Galway City has a reputation among Irish cities for being associated with the Irish language, music, song and dancing traditions.

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The Roman Catholic diocese of Galway was created in 1831 following the abolition by the Holy See of the Wardenship of Galway.

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The Ahmadiyya-run Galway Mosque, opened in 2014, is the only purpose-built mosque in Galway.

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Galway has a diverse sporting heritage, with a history in sports ranging from horse racing, Gaelic games, soccer and rugby to rowing, basketball, motorsport, greyhound racing and others.

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The Galway Races are known worldwide and are the highlight of the Irish horse racing calendar.

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The Galway hurlers compete annually in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship for the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

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Galway reached the 2012 All-Ireland final only to draw with Kilkenny to force a replay, the first since 1959, which they eventually lost.

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Galway United FC is based in the city and plays in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

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Previous tenants of Eamonn Deacy Park, called Galway United, first competed in the League of Ireland in 1977, then known as Galway Rovers.

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The Galway United Supporters Trust had been servicing many debts of the company and was able to keep the club afloat for the 2011 season, with it having been effectively abandoned by its directors.

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In rugby league, the Galway Tribesmen have been All-Ireland champions and in January 2022 entered the 2022 Challenge Cup.

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In 2009 Galway hosted a stopover on the Volvo Ocean Race and the city was the finishing point of the round-the-world competition in July 2012.

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Galway has a strong local economy with complementary business sectors, including manufacturing industry, tourism, retail and distribution, education, healthcare and services that include financial, construction, cultural, and professional.

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Galway is considered the gateway to Connemara and the Gaeltacht, including Mam, An Teach Doite, Cor na Mona, Ros Muc, Bearna and An Cheathru Rua.

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The canals provided a power source for Galway and were the location of the first industries in the mid-19th century.

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Galway is the most central port on the West Coast of Ireland in the sheltered eastern corner of Galway Bay.

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Galway Hospice provides palliative care for the people of Galway City and County on a homecare, inpatient and daycare basis.

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