This video will show you a walking tour of Galway. The video starts out in the Charlie Bryne Bookshop, which is said to be Ireland’s best-loved independent bookshop. The tour continues on to show scenic waterfront views near the National University of Ireland Galway campus. Shop Street is featured in the video where you can find musicians playing, flowers being sold on the street, and popular cafes and restaurants. Two of my favorite cafes are the Lane Cafe and Griffin’s which are great to go to for coffee…

Since living in Galway, I have fallen in love with the city. When the weather is nice in Galway, one of my favorite things to do is take a walk on the Salthill Promenade. The walk takes you alongside Galway Bay, and offers an incredible view at sunset. One of the best day trips is to Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Gardens. This tour includes several other stops on the way including a stop in the colorful Spiddal Craft Village. Beyond being breathtakingly beautiful, Kylemore Abbey has a…

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Walking around Dublin, Galway or really any part of the Emerald Isle, you’re bound to hear the phrase that sounds like, “what’s the crack?” in a charming Irish accent. Yes, that is indeed what they are saying, but contrary to the American’s phonetic ear, the phrase is actually, “what’s the craic?” Everyone seems to be having or looking for the craic, this simply means they want a good time or are sincerely wondering what the goings on are in their group of friends. Craic is regional slang to…

Once upon a time, Galway, Ireland served as one of European’s most prominent ports and trade centers.  Join archaeologist James McKeon and I as we explore the remains of a medieval city, all in 5 minutes! Molly H. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Galway, Ireland. She is currently a Junior studying International Studies at Covenant College.

You’re in a seaside town on Ireland’s southwest coast come midnight, shopping the sounds drifting out a row of pubs when a sudden ruckus busts out of nowhere: a cavalcade of drums and pennywhistles, ecstatic boys hoisting a substantial trophy, and a mass of townspeople following hot on their heels, swathing the night air with flags of red and white. Random bystander and stranger to Co. Kerry, what do you do in this situation? Leap into the parade of course and follow them all the way to the…

Theatre seems to play a paramount role in Galway’s arts scene.  The world-famous Druid Theatre lies right off of Quay Street (boasting of the first woman director, Garry Hynes, to receive a Tony in 1998) among many other. NUIG boasts of three student-run theatre groups outside of the department, one of these being the Gaeilge-language troupe, A Cumann Drámaíochta OÉG. Feeling unmoored without the press release deadlines and photo shoots of my home school’s theatre, I’ve been lucky enough to do a smidgen of PR work for An Cumann…

On the Gaeilge classes’ trip to Carna, one doesn’t only have the chance to witness the rare art  of sean nós dancing and singing, but also to participate too under the tutelage of both the Devane and Joyce brothers–the latter including All-Ireland Fleadh cheoil winner, John.  Now’s your chance to learn a few steps! Molly H. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in Galway, Ireland. She is currently a Junior studying International Studies at Covenant College.

“In Dublin’s fair city/where the girls are so pretty/I once met a girl named sweet Molly Malone/ and she wheeled her wheel barrow/ through the streets broad and narrow/singing cockles and mussles alive, alive, oh.” –Molly Malone, Trad. Folk Song In first few days of March, our CEA group made it’s way to get a taste of Ireland’s buzzing capital for a few days. After walking past landmarks like the General Post Office that hosted the 1916 Easter Rising against Britain,the Millennium Spire, an intrusive metal 390 foot spike prodding the skyline,…

“Give up Paris. You will learn nothing by reading Racine. Go to the Aran Islands.”—W.B. Yeats The vista from Dún Aonghasa, Inishmore just may rival the Cliffs of Moher in terms of raw grandeur. I’ve been lucky to hike up to the bronze age hillfort twice now, once in fog thick enough to think you’re a ghost and sleet cold enough to wish you were, and even then, the Dún did not disappoint. If anything, the capricious weather just made me revel in awe of the mad pack…

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“Is this the bus to Carna?” I asked the driver of the tiny bus parked by NUIGalway’s quadrangle. Your man, an elderly fella sporting a tweed cap and a sly smile, said something unintelligible in Gaeilge and nodded. Taking this as a yes, I slipped to a seat among 16 other Gaeilge students, enthusiastic and nervous about their first homestay in Connemara’s Gaeltacht. “Is this the bus to Carna?” another student queried. “Nah,” said the driver with his impish grin, “this is the bus to Galway.” Language barriers…