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Arty and bohemian, Galway is legendary around the world for its entertainment scene. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music on any given night. Cafés spill out onto winding cobblestone streets filled with a frenzy of fiddles, banjos, bagpipes, harps, tin whistles, guitars and bodhráns (hand-held goatskin drums), and jugglers, painters, poets, puppeteers and magicians in outlandish masks enchant passers-by. Actors in traditional Irish theatre tread also the boards around town. Galway’s streets are steeped in history, yet have a contemporary vibe. Students make up a quarter of the city’s population, while the remains of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling Aran sweaters, handcrafted Claddagh rings, and stacks of second¬hand and new books.
— Lonely Planet

The unique student experience at NUI Galway owes much to our location in the beautiful city of Galway, Ireland’s third largest city. Galway is the perfect ‘college town’ – large enough to offer everything you would want in terms of shopping facilities, theatres, restaurants, music venues, sports facilities – but small enough to be able to get to know people and get around easily.

King Richard III granted the city of Galway its first charter in 1484 and traces of Galway’s rich medieval past can still be seen today in its narrow cobbled streets and laneways.

Quay Street, GalwayToday, Galway is widely regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland and is home to the world renowned Druid Theatre Company, the Macnas Street Theatre Company and An Taibhdhearc, the national Irish language theatre company. The Town Hall Theatre provides a state-of-the-art venue for cultural events throughout the year including concerts, ballet, musicals and opera.

Students account for approximately 20% of the population of the city during term which gives Galway a young and vibrant feel. This creative energy of Galway is reflected in the many internationally renowned festivals, music sessions, cultural and sporting events that are hosted in the city every year.

Galway also serves as great base for exploring other parts of Europe, with good transport links to Ireland’s main airports.

The city is also a high tech hub and is the European base for some of the world’s leading medical device and ICT multinationals, including Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Merit Medical, SAP, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems and EA Games.

The city’s surrounding hinterland, including Connemara, the Burren and the Aran Islands, is also major draw for visitors who come west to see the Ireland of rugged countryside, castles, lakes and rivers and savour the unique atmosphere of our seafood restaurants, cafes and traditional Irish music pubs.

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T 353 91 495 277
F 353 91 495 551
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