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GALWAY, IRELAND - 10 top reasons to travel there this summer

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:50:43 -0400

Honorable Mayor and Council Members:

If you haven't made travel plans yet for this summer, you may wish to consider a trip to Galway, Ireland. Here are 10 top reasons why.

1. In 2008, it was ranked the 42nd best tourist destination in the world and 14th in Europe.

2. Galway is often referred to as the "Cultural Heart of Ireland" as it is most associated with the Irish language, music, song and dance.

3. The most famous person born in Galway is the great Hollywood actor, Peter O'Toole. Irish film has captured the heart of many.
     Peter O'Toole was most famous in his role in "Lawrence of Arabia" and he holds the world record for Oscar nominations.

4. The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, a townland in the civil parish of Kilcummin, County Galway. In Irish its name of
     Muiceanach idir Dha Shaile, meaning "piggery between two briny places".

5. At the center of Galway City is called John F. Kennedy Park, however it is still known by most Irish people as Eyre Square. It was renamed
     John F. Kennedy Park in the 1970's following an unforgettable visit to Galway by the U.S. President. The square is home to the old city gates and its defending cannon.

6. Galway is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the only city in the province of Connacht. According to the 2011 census, the population of Galway is 75,414.

7. Galway is nicknamed "the City of Tribes" ("Cathair na dTreabh") after the fourteen merchant families who led the city during the Hiberno-Norman period.

8. The city is known for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals, celebrations and events including the summer's Galway Arts Festival, which is known for its famous
     Macnas, arts group's and parade.

9. There are many symbols associated with Galway. These include the Claddagh Ring, Galway's own symbol of love and friendship, worn the world over, the
     Aran islands, but of Ireland itself and the Galway Hookers, ships that distinguish themselves as Galway's signature upon the water.

10. The Aran Island, probably Ireland's most famous islands, are located just off the coast of Galway. The three islands, Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer are the
      perfect place to visit to see Ireland at its best. They are also Gaeltacht (Irish speaking language) areas.

If this isn't enough, keep in mind that Galway is home to Hewlett-Packard's - European Headquarters, along with many other well known multi-national corporations.
Galway is also proud of being home to several world class universities, including National University of Ireland - Galway (UNIG). This list goes on and on.

Also, don't forget to stop by the Menlo Park Hotel, a 5 star hotel that is a favorite amongst tourist. The Menlo Castle is a local sight seeing spot along with the
residential neighborhood known as Menlough, or shortened in English to be Menlo.

Bottom line, Galway, Ireland has much to offer. So, stop reading about it and plan for an unforgettable trip. Aer Lingus Airlines now flies non-stop from the San
Francisco Airport to Dublin International Airport. From Dublin, one can drive a short two hours through beautiful countryside to arrive in our Friendship City - Galway, Ireland.
Received on Fri Apr 10 2015 - 21:46:31 PDT

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