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A look at County Galway

Amy Baker

County Galway is located in the West Region of Ireland and acquired its name from the city of Galway which the majority of the population call home.

The main towns located in this beautiful county are Athenry, Ballinasloe, Clifden and Loughrea, all of which are popular destinations due to their close proximity to The Twelve Bens Mountains to the south and the Maamturks to the north.

The county’s coastline is dotted with islands – the Aran Islands being the main attraction – but it is also possible to visit Inishbofin and Inishturk. A place of natural beauty, the county has several freshwater lakes where keen fishermen congregate to try their luck at catching the trout and salmon living there. The largest of these lakes is Lough Corrib.

Additionally, many of the county’s beaches have earned themselves Blue Flag status – the most popular of which are found in the Roundstone and Renvyle areas.

As well as offering so much for nature lovers and those who like to get out in the great outdoors, County Galway is also well-known for its many festivals. The Galway Races, Galway Arts Festival and the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival are just a few highlights on the calendar.

With so much going on, it is easy to see why County Galway is so popular with Brits moving to Ireland, people returning to Ireland or those on the look-out for lucrative investment opportunities.


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