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Discover the strong Irish pride of Galway

March 18, 2011 - 3:28am
Galway
Ireland is a great vacation destination, as the locals are quite enthusiastic about celebrating their culture, especially in the city of Galway. There are a number of museums to visit for a look into the country's background, as well as plenty of events to attend that will give visitors a look at just how strong Irish pride can be.

For a historical experience, the Galway City Museum has several exhibitions that detail the burg's heritage, from installations showing the daily life of residents in the past, to art displays featuring many important modern artists from the area. One of its main attractions is the statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire, a poet that was once a local celebrity.

Before getting into the events around town, visitors may want to do some sight-seeing. Those who head to Shop Street will find Lynch's Castle, which is a medieval limestone structure that has a map of the city carved into its side from 1651. Nearby is the Galway Cathedral, otherwise known as the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas. It is one of the largest buildings in the city, featuring Renaissance-style domes and pillars, as well as rose windows, mosaics and other architectural designs.

Vacationers lucky enough to visit the city in the summer can attend the Galway Arts Festival, which features hundreds of performers, visual artists and other creators, and attracts more than 150,000 people every year. One of its main attractions is the Macnas parade - Macnas is a performance group that specializes in public spectacles and always offers up a colorful and intriguing display. The event has been entertaining the locals for more than 30 years.

Another one of the town's claims to fame is the Galway International Oyster Festival, which takes place in September to commemorate the official opening of oyster season. The event features two exciting oyster-opening competitions, a beauty pageant and much more and has been an annual fixture in the city since 1954.

Other events that tourists can enjoy if they are in the area are the Galway Races, an Irish horse-racing event at the Ballybrit race course; Fleadh Imboilg, or St. Brigid's Day, which celebrates the beginning of spring; and the Galway Pride Festival.