10 day self-drive tour of Ireland : October 2009
Two years ago I wrote a blog post on the city of Galway, and previously, soon after we returned from our Ireland travels, I wrote posts on driving through the beautiful Connemara National Park to Kylemore Abbey with it’s Gothic Church and restored Victorian walled garden. I absolutely loved this area .. I think that’s the reason I chose to share this region first 🙂
Hubby and I stayed for two nights at the centrally situated Park House Hotel in this ‘lively’ university city. ‘Under the Anglo-Normans, it flourished as a trading post. In 1396 it gained a Royal Charter and, for the next two centuries, was controlled by 14 merchant families, or ‘tribes’. The city prospered under English influence, but this allegiance to the Crown cost Galway dear when, in 1652, Cromwell’s forces wreaked havoc. After the battle of Boyne, Galway fell into decline, unable to compete with east-coast trade. In recent years, as a developing centre for high-tech industry, the city’s profile as been revived.’
I’m not repeating photos but adding to our Galway experience through my lens 😉
I had to drag Hubby up the stairs to the ‘Christmas floor’ in the ‘Wedgewood’ building ..
Lynch’s Castle, now a bank, is still the grandest 16th century townhouse in Galway. It was owned by the Lynch family, one of the 14 ‘tribes’
We sat, every evening during our entire trip, with our map sprawled in front .. and drinks … deciding where to go the following day. We had a basic plan but mapped out our route
!!!!!!!!! .. in the hotel !
On our first evening there we popped across the road to the an pucan pub for pub grub and some Irish music. On our second evening we had dinner in the hotel and had the most delicious haddock
Just west of the city is Salthill, Galway’s seaside resort …
Next post in Ireland … out and about in County Galway