Where is it?
In Galway City: Kai, Ard Bia, Aniar, Mc Donagh's Seafood Restaurant.In nearby Loughrea:Taste Matters and The Hungry Bookworm (Both recommended by Trip Advisor), Il Porcetto (Pasta and Pizza) Eastern Tandoori (Indian Cuisine).-
Our small local pub is within walking distance of our house. There is often live music . In nearby Loughrea there are many lively pubs with live music such as Keary's, Maggie May's, and Charlie's bar. Galway is world famous for it's pubs, with live traditional irish music sessions in Naughton's, Taaffes's, The Crane Bar, Tigh Coili For those who like more modern music I would recommend the following pubs : The Quay's , The Front Door, Busker Browne's and the Dail bar. There are also many nightclubs in Galway such as Karma, Carbon, Halo and Coyotes.
In Loughrea : Yu Me (perfect for kids, after a trip to the nearby lake-side playground treat them to delicious pancakes with ice cream..and you can sit in the railway carriage in the garden), Bia LInn,Hope's Bakery (for scones just out of the oven)and the Hungry Bookworm,(mouth watering falafels) which is also a secondhand bookshop, IN galway you will be spoiled for choice, with An Cupan Tae , Goya's and the Lighthouse cafe to name but a few.
Galway has many international chain shops such as Debenhams, Miss Selfridge, Next , Monsoon, and Topshop. If luxury good are what you're after Brown Thomas won't disappoint with brands such as Alexander Mc Queen, Dolce and Gabbana,Roland Mouret and Stella Mc Cartney. irish designer good are also available. There are many opportunies to buy irish made woollen sweaters, crafts and jewellery on the charming winding streets of Galway/
Bit of culture
The galway international Arts Festival takes place in July and has many international acts.There are many theatres in Galway City; The Town Hall, Druid lane, The Black Box, Nun's Island and the bank of Ireland Theatre. There is also a pemanent Irish language Theatre, The Taibhdhearc.Galway has many associations with James Joyce, his wife was from a tiny house which is open to the public. Galway Has two multiplex cinemas and an art house cinema is due to open soon.
Walks in the park
We live very close to a lovely looped walk through a forest. In Loughrea you can walk along the lake shore, and take the children to the playground. Portumna Forest park and Coole Park both have walks of various lengths and are both half an hours drive away. Coole park was the home of Lady Augusta Gregory, a very dear friend of the poet W.B. Yeats who spent a lot of time there,as did many other literary figures. There is an interpretative centre and lovely tea rooms in the old stables.
Spot of exercise
For a refreshing swim just drive the 7km to the freshwater lake in Loughrea. If you enjoy surfing look no further than Lahinch in county Clare for a fabulous day trip to it's world famous waves.Walkers will be thrilled to be so close (40 minute drive) to the Burren National Park with it's unusual 'lunar' landscape. The wilds of Connemara are a little bit further away (perhaps 90 minutes drive)but well worth the trip, you can climb the sperkling Diamond Hill.
Dublin City can be reached on the nearby motorway in two hours. As mentioned above The Burren and Connemara National Parks are suitable for day trips, as is the 'Wild Atlantic Way', the fabulous coastline of County Clare and Galway. Ireland's most visited tourist attraction, the Cliffs of Moher (214 metres at their highest) is about a 70 km drive away. Bunratty Castle and Folkpark are a must for all ages, and can be reached within an hour. For a shorter journey the charming medieval town of Athenry , with its castle and heritage centre is only 14 km away. For those interested in history a trip to the early Christian settlement of Clonmacnoise, with its cathedral, roundtowers and high crosses will be very special.