County Galway

The Aran Islands are officially in County Galway
for pictures of the islands see my Aran Islands page

Galway Town


Central Galway Town is a pedestrian district, and crowded with tourists even in the rain. 

Garvey's Pub on Eyre Square, the center of Galway Town

Kirwan's Lane

The Spanish Arch is in what little remains of the medieval city walls...

... although there's still some left running through the local mall, too.

One of the stranger wall carvings I've seen, on the wall of Lynch's Castle (now a branch of Allied Irish Bank)

Connemara

Connemara is the western portion of County Galway. It's rugged, isolated and beautiful. 


The Seven Sisters


Kylemore Abbey
Today a convent of Benedictine nuns and a girlís school, it was built in the 1830ís as a private home.

Students at Kylemore Abbey

Alcock and Brown memorial, near the spot where they landed in 1919 after completing the first Trans-Atlantic flight

Clifden

The Sky Road at Clifden was built as a work relief project 
during the Famine of the 1840's

View from the Sky Road - the island is Inishbofin

Connemara countryside

Kilary Harbour - Ireland's only fjord

A Red Squirrel

Lough Corrib

The Woolen Centre in Leenane demonstrates traditional spinning and weaving. 

Cong

The village of Cong was used as the location for the 1952 John Wayne film The Quiet Man. Although the movie was close to 60 years ago, Cong still makes a Big Deal of it, with a Quiet Man museum, Quiet Man tours, and so on. The main attraction in town, for me, at least, was the twelfth century ruins of Cong Abbey. 


The Market Cross - the Quiet Man pub was located here. 

Cong Abbey - the ruins of the cloisters

Cong Abbey fishing house - the monks could fish through a hole in the stone floor. 

Bridge at Cong Abbey

Entrance to Cong Abbey

Inishbofin

Inishbofin Island in County Galway (there's another in Mayo) is a small island (two miles by three) off the western coast of Connemara. The name means "Island of the White Cow". Inishbofin's population is about 200, supporting a handful of pubs. The passengers-only Inishbofin ferry leaves from Cleggan, a few miles north of Clifden. When the ferry arrived, I took the steep walk up behind the Community Centre to Lapwing House B&B, my home for the next two nights. 
 


There are three well-marked walking trails around the island. Whichever one you take, the island is quiet and scenic. 

As everywhere in western Ireland, the population is much reduced from pre-famine days, which means there are abandoned homes everywhere. 

The view from Lapwing B&B

The Cromwell Barracks in Inishbofin Harbour, built in 1652. 

Yes, there are White Cows on the Island of the White Cow

Meeting the Inishbofin Ferry

Inishbofin Harbour pier

A Magpie...

... an Oystercatcher...

... and a Robin. 
Note to my fellow Americans - our "robin" isn't a "Robin", it's a thrush. The first settlers in North America called any bird with a red breast a "robin". 

Butting heads, literally...


Skylark

Wall Brown Butterfly

Have I mentioned I like sheep? 

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