Galway, called Gailimh in Irish, with a population of over 70,000, is Ireland's third largest town and is a major hub for visits to West Ireland. It has long since been known as "The City of the Tribes" and this title could not be more appropriate these days, given the multicultural vibrancy of present-day Galway.
Galway, known as the City of the Tribes is an important tourist centre and a gateway to the scenic areas of the county. Beginning in the 15th century, Galway was ruled by tribes, as the leading fourteen families were called. Their names were Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D'arcy, Deane, ffont, French, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris, and Skerritt. The tribes built many castles throughout County Galway. Many streets and landmarks bear the names of these early tribes.
Galway is a bustling town with fantastic nightlife. It's short on common tourist attractions such as museums, but the charming pedestrianized streets and numerous pubs and cafes are sure to keep you occupied.
Central Galway is easily accessible on foot, and Salthill (a popular tourist area) is 20-30 minutes walk from the centre of town.
Bus Éireann and CityDirect run local bus networks.
Galway Transport www.GalwayTransport.info is a public-transport-information source for Galway City and surrounding areas. It has a summary map of city bus routes, a detailed map of each individual route, and links to timetable information. It also has maps of the taxi ranks in the city, industrial estates in the area, and detailed directions for reaching a number of popular places using public transport.
Taxis are convenient, although they can be a bit expensive. There are taxi ranks in Eyre Square and Bridge Street.
Avoid taking a car when going to or anywhere near the town centre as parking can be expensive, and the city can has very heavy traffic levels at times.
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