The city of Galway is located on the West Coast of Ireland. It is a lively university city located at a three hour drive from Dublin. It has a population of around 73,000 and the city is the third largest of the Irish Republic. The population consists of a mix of different nationalities, it descends from a mix of native Celt tribes and many settlers. Also there are many immigrants from Poland and other countries in Eastern Europe. Additionally, there is Spanish ancestry tracing back to the Spanish Armada. Galway is a whirlwind of theatrical, musical and festival activity, year-round. Galway is very popular for its many festivals and events and it is really alive in July and August when the internationally renowned Arts Festival and Horse Racing Festival are held. There are many nice shops in Shopstreet and some of Galway’s finest buildings are the Church of Ireland St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church or the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas. Some heritage attractions are the Dún Aonghasa fort and Ragús, which is an amazing show of music, song and dance. The natural environment is beautiful and the climate in Galway is mild and moist. There are no temperature extremes but there is a lot of humidity, which is why there are many thunderstorms in Galway. Connemara National Park is nearby, and you should not forget to pay a visit to this wonderful piece of nature.
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