Galway – “Ireland’s Cultural Heart”
The unique student experience at NUI Galway owes much to our
location in the beautiful west of Ireland. The campus itself is situated on
a picturesque 250 acre site on the banks of the River Corrib, just a short
stroll from the centre of Galway city.
Young, vibrant and cosmopolitan, Galway is widely regarded as
the cultural capital of Ireland. The world renowned Druid Theatre
Company, the Macnas Street Theatre Company and An Taibhdhearc,
the national Irish language theatre, are all located in the city.
Although a bustling centre of the arts and business, the city retains a
relaxed and intimate atmosphere. The youthful energy of the city is
reflected in the numerous internationally renowned literary, arts and
sporting events that are hosted in the city every year, including
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March)
- Cuirt International Festival of Literature (April),
- Galway Early Music Festival (May),
- Galway Traditional Irish Music Sessions ( June),
- Galway Film Fleadh ( July)
- Galway Arts Festival ( July)
- Galway International Oyster Festival (September)
- Galway Comedy Festival (October)
Gawlay is a ‘college town’ in every sense, with students accounting
for approximately 20% of the population of the city during term. In
addition, the city and its surrounding hinterland – Connemmarra, the
Burren and the Aran Islands – is a major draw for visitors who come
west to see the Ireland of rugged countryside, castles, lakes and rivers
and savor the unique atmosphere of the Galway’s restaurants, cafes and
traditional Irish music pubs.
Galway also serves as a great base for exploring other parts of Ireland
and further afield, with flights to London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Dublin Airport is 21/2 hours from Galway, and offers flights to popular
European destinations including Rome, Prague and Amsterdam
while Shannon Airport, which is 1 hour from Galway, offers flights to
destinations including London, Edinburgh and Paris.