Galway, also known as the City of the Tribes, is the fastest growing city in Ireland with over 72,000 inhabitants and 20% of those are students. Galway has retained a very strong connection with Gaeilge the Irish language with almost 10% of the population there speaking Gaeilge fluently. Galway is currently ranked as the top destination to visit in Ireland by The Lonely Planet Guide (2012). They describe Galway as being steeped in history yet with a contemporary vibe.
Life in Galway
Galway is a small but beautiful city steeped in Irish culture. The city center is compact and very easy to get around on foot. The atmosphere on the streets is second to none with live music, theatre and art at every turn. The people are warm and friendly with a large young student population in the city.
On the practical side of things there are plenty of supermarkets and food outlets offering reasonably priced groceries and meals.