Category Archives: Galway

Travel Reports about County Galway and Galway City

My first trip to County Galway

Before coming to Ireland, I really didn’t know much about this country. I knew that Ireland is always green and people who live here love Guinness. Ireland will be my home for next 4 months, and I am looking forward to discovering exiting cities, new lifestyles and beautiful landscapes.

Connemara, Co. Galway

Connemara, Co. Galway

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The Islands of the Emerald Isle

The islands of Ireland are secluded havens dotted around the beautiful island of Ireland.  With tales of pirates and ghosts, staggering coastal views, the barren beauty of the bogs, prehistoric sites lying next to early monastic settlements, each island is unique in its beauty and character – keepers of history and heritage, tradition and culture. Let’s check out the most notorious ones.

Aran Islands, Inis Meain

So next time you’re in Ireland be sure and visit some of this unique and specials jewels in the crown of Ireland…

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My favourite Irish Blessings

The Irish Blessing tends to refer to a specific blessing that may be used in a toast at weddings, wakes or gatherings. Many of the blessings represent wishes for plentiful agricultural rewards, healthy children, and closeness with God. That is definitely part of the Irish culture and since it is so typically Irish, we love it and I want to share my favourite ones with you.

And since it’s been a while since I posted gorgeous pictures of Connemara, this heavenly place, I have decided to kill two birds with one stone.

The authors of the Irish Blessings are often unknown and even dating a Blessing is difficult. Some, like the following, one of the most famous, can be attributed to St.Patrick, but it’s not even sure:

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What’s On this Spring in Ireland

There is so much happening around Ireland this spring. Ireland is home to many fantastic festivals and diverse events and here we picked our favourite 5 not to be missed this April and May:

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Top 10 things to do on the Wild Atlantic Way

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The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500km route along the Ireland’s coastline in the west – passing through 9 counties. Along the route from Co. Donegal to Co. Cork in the South you can discover many different activities, pretty towns and much more than just stunning views. Here are our Top 10 Things To Do on the Wild Atlantic Way to get the most out of your trip!

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New Walking Tours of Medieval Galway

An exciting new walking tour of Medieval Galway is launching this summer!

The Galway Civic Trust is running the tour each Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm for free. The walk is a leisurely stroll through some of Galway’s key medieval sites and provides an informative history of Galway as well as chance for participants to familiarise themselves with the layout of the city. Locations visited include St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Lynch’s Castle, Eyre Square and the old city walls.

Galway Medieval Walking Tours

To celebrate the launch of this new walking tour, we have decided to reduce the summer rates in some of our Galway City Hotels

Ideas for a cool trip to Connemara! Yeahhhh

Lakes of ConnemaraThree weekends ago the whole Hotelsireland.com Team went on a little weekend trip to the northwestern part of Ireland. We got to see Sligo, Mayo and the Connemara Region. A lot to take in in only 3 days – but it was worth it. I especially loved the Connemara Region. Obviously I won’t be able to tell you about everything that we did  in detail, but I though you might be interested in a quick summary of my favourite parts of the trip: Continue reading

The Lakes of Connemara

Renvyle BeachLast Saturday I went out with my French friends here in Dublin. When we were talking about music they mentioned this very popular French song about Connemara, called “Les Lacs du Connemara” (The Lakes of Connemara) which is often the last song played in the nightclubs and discos around France. Apparently French people go crazy when they hear that song: They are lying in each other’s arms and do some kind of “sirtaki-“dance. Absolutely hilarious if you ask me. Well, Ireland spreads its love all over the world :-)

Anyway… this song and all the talking about Connemara reminded me of my plans on going there soon when I’m on my big Tour of Ireland this March (I can’t wait).”! So I started doing some research on things to see and do in this famous region in the west of County Galway and what I already knew was only confirmed, Connemara is an absolute “must see. Continue reading