Being a bit of a Nomad, I have free licence of where to call home. I was born in NYC, the Bronx to be exact . From the Bronx to the midlands of Ireland was more than a culture shock, it was a different planet!
Planets needed exploring so a time came and I took off to London, New York, Arizona, Dublin and finally Galway. With Galway, I fell in love, it has a vibe unique in itself. You see the beauty and it sucks you in, a city without harshness, it has the beauty of the sea and mountains, and on a clear day if you pick your spot, you can see all these natural beauties in a wide panoramic view. With Galway, you don’t have to choose, you have it all!
Galway is always alive, but during the summer it becomes a living heartbeat. The City breathes life back into each individual that is lucky to walk it’s streets. I love walking through the streets of Galway any time of the year. The Meyrick Hotel overlooks Eyre Square and is the oldest hotel in the City. The beautiful building pulls you in and with the addition of the new Gaslight Brassiere, it is almost impossible not to head in for a coffee & scone, lunch or dinner or just to sample one of their divine Strawberry Daiquiri’s. *sigh
From there, I wander down towards Shop Street with it’s beautiful cobbled stones and Street Entertainers to make you pause on your way. McCambridges is a frequent stop of mine – a family owned Deli with Fine Foods to make your mouth water and their coffee is one of the best. Sitting outside and watching Shop Street come alive is one of my favourite early morning occasional treats. Also, there is nothing more amusing than watching an unaware person. Think of that, next time you are walking down a street .. There is always someone watching!!
On I go, if it was evening, the beautiful pub Neachtains, near the Spanish Arch would draw me and I might even bring in a bag of McDonaghs chips if I was hungry, the staff in Neachtains don’t mind and the mixture of salty, vinegar chips and a glass of Guinness is indescribable – I actually dream of it sometimes!
I end up at The Spanish Arch which stands on the Bank of the Corrib River, with it’s stone walls and sheer beauty against the water, it is it’s own type of gorgeous.
The River Corrib flows through Galway to Galway Bay. During the year, it is popular with local whitewater kayakers and is much used by several rowing clubs. But The Beauty that sails this river from May to September is The Corrib Princess. It is a luxurious all-weather 157 passenger boat, travelling along the River Corrib and onto Lough Corrib with spectacular views of Castles and various sites of both historical and cultural interest. The Corrib Princess also entertains with award winning Irish Dancing and The Best Irish Coffee, and why would you not induldge!
The meandering of The Corrib Princess down this river is so relaxing. I had the pleasure recently and I couldn’t stop taking pictures – the boat, the water, the banks and the sky was a cocktail and a little bit of Heaven.
Many visitors over the summer sail on The Corrib Princess, the cruise is a highlight for many visitors who come to enjoy some of the best festivals that Galway has the pleasure of hosting. The Galway Film Fleadh, a six day international film event held every July welcomes a diversity of filmmaking from around the world. It shares the wonder of cinema between audiences and filmmakers and attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and various artists whereby everyone interconnects and shares their love, questions and opinions of the movies shown. This was my first year attending and I was blown away, I loved it – absolutely.
Following quickly is The Galway International Arts Festival, Irelands largest Arts Festival from 14th to 27th July and collaborates with artists and companies throughout the world to produce and present an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy involving hundreds of artists and performers. The Festival Big Top in the spectacular setting by the banks of the River Corrib can be seen whilst cruising on The Corrib Princess, adding to the excitement of all Galway has to offer. Singing and laughter, the beauty of Art and Artistic Expressions makes you live in the moment .. and feel!
Not breaking the festival momentum .. The Galway Races begins before anyone can take a breath and runs for seven days. It is the longest of all the race meets that occur in Ireland, with ‘Ladies Day’ being one of the main events and the ladies as good as any Catwalk Model sashaying the streets! The Oyster Festivals will be next on the Galway circuit for all the Foodie Lovers!
Who hasn’t arrived to Galway to experience One or All of these amazing events, and enjoyed our fantastic Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs and Clubs. Our Walking Tours and Boat Cruises (Corrib Princess), our People and the Rugged Beauty of the Burren and Connemara.
I have adopted Galway as my own, when the song ‘Galway Girl’ plays, I am a little jealous that I cannot totally own it. So to all Galwegians born & bred, you have a Rocking City and I am so happy to have a place in it … there is nowhere else I would rather be!
I am part of The Tribe!