Galway may be known as the ‘cultural capital of Ireland’ but sport also plays a major part in the life of the city. While studying in Galway, you should take the opportunity to go along to see a game.
The most popular sports played in Galway are Gaelic Football, Hurling, Rugby and Soccer.
The Galway Gaelic Football and Hurling teams usually play their home games at Pearse Stadium, in Salthill. The All Ireland Championship, which is the main competition for both sports, is played during the summer, however if you’re not in Ireland during the summer, you may be able to catch a national league game.
There are normally three senior League of Ireland soccer teams in Galway, Galway United, Salthill Devon and Mervue United. Galway United play their home games at Terryland Park, which is located across the river from the NUI Galway campus.
Finally, fans of rugby should get down to the Sportsground on College Road (just five minutes from Eyre Square) to cheer on Connacht. The Student’s Union often have discounted tickets for NUI Galway students, so keep an eye on their website for details of forthcoming fixtures.