Where to Work?
From Medtronic, Covidien and Boston Scientific to HP and IBM, these household names are backed up by a solid backbone of local businesses run by Galway’s own entrepreneurs.
Galway has a thriving start-up scene with two startup communities around the tech (software/Internet) and biotech segments.
Galway has an advantage over many other cities in Ireland as it is within an hour’s drive of Shannon airport in the south and 40 minutes to Ireland West airport in Mayo. Add in the purpose-built, newly completed M4 motorway connecting Dublin and Galway, the busy train station in Galway city centre and you can see why Galway has the edge on so many when it comes to infrastructure and travel access.
- Galway City is a great small city; with around 76,000 residents in the urban area. Known as the ‘city of the tribes’ its wonderful narrow streets give the city a special feel. There are plenty of nice villages within a short commute too, such as Barna, Moycullen and Craughwell – all small villages with warm community spirits.
- Co-Working Spaces can be found across Galway city over the last twelve months. From the PorterShed on Eyre Square to SuperPixel Labs and Workbench, there’s plenty of office space, hot desks and networking opportunities.
Not far from Galway City, Oranmore is a thriving community with beautiful Renville park, views over the river to the castle and the swans, the great local schools and sports teams. If you are into sailing, Oranmore is the best location as its close to Galway Bay Sailing Club and if you need to travel to Dublin for work, the motorway is nearby.
Galway is a beacon of culture in Ireland’s west; arts and heritage play central roles in the lives and wellbeing of all citizens of the city and county. The Druid Theatre Company, The Crane traditional Irish music sessions and Macnas Street Parades are just some of the examples of Galway’s innate creative spirit.
- Galway was recently confirmed successful in its bid for the European Capital of Culture 2020
- Galway has been designated a UNESCO City of Film – one of only 5 in the world.
- In 2016 it was named as the FDI Micro-City of the Year award
- In 2017 it received the European Green Leaf Award 2017 as Europe’s most environmentally sustainable small city
Where To Hang:
In Galway City:
- Pubs –The West End has a great live music and pub scene – Roisín Dubh, the Blue Note and Massimo. The Secret Garden Tea House for non-coffee drinkers. Tigh Neachtains, The Crane, Garavans, O’Connell’s Casual, Gigs in The Crane Bar (Trad downstairs, variety upstairs). Pints and football to watch in The Dew Drop Inn, Irish Music Session in The Crane. galwayswestend.com
- Restaurants –
- Kitchen at the Museum, McCambridges, Gaslight Brasserie, Eat @ Massimo, Gourmet Tart in Salthill, Anton’s, Dinner in High Café (Arabic food – bring your own bottle).
- Breakfast in Gourmet Tart, lunch in the Kitchen at the Museum, sinful delights in An Cupan Tae.
- Sunday brunch at Ard Bia at the Spanish Arch or Kai Restaurant on the Sea Road.
- Dela Restaurant’s brunch is now world famous. Owners, Joe and Margaret Bohan, share an ethos that focuses on the best of local and seasonal artisan produce from recognised suppliers in a setting that is relaxed and convivial for friends to meet and enjoy good food accompanied by a glass of wine or a craft beer. dela.ie
In County Galway:
- The Misunderstood Heron; a food truck in the most spectacular of settings facebook.com/MisunderstoodHeron
- Delight in Kingfisher, Renmore.
- The Old Barracks, Athenry.
- The Gallery Café, Gort
The Misunderstood Heron in Killary fjord
Dates For Your Diary:
- TedFest on the Aran Islands, February, tedfest.org
- Connemara Mussel Festival, May, connemaramusselfestival.com
- SeaFest, Ireland’s Maritime Festival, takes place on the last weekend in June. In 2017 80,000 people visited the docks in Galway for this brilliant festival celebrating all things maritime. seafest.ie
- Galway International Arts Festival, July, giaf.ie
People In the Know:
- Startup Galway is a buzzy network focused on tech entrepreneurship, led by John Breslin, John Brosnan, Mic FitzGerald and Barry O’Sullivan.
- Tracy Keogh is Bank of Ireland’s Innovation Community Manager for the West; she knows everybody on the West of Ireland start-up scene.
- Dr John Breslin deserves a second shout-out; he is a stalwart advocate for the Galway start-up scene, a co-founder of boards.ie, adverts.ie and, more recently, the start-up hub PorterShed, he is a senior lecturer in engineering at NUI Galway.
- Mary Rogers, Community Manager at @portershed – portershed.com
- Online Marketing in Galway (Marketing Network) – @GalwayMarketing – galwaymarketing.ie
- Maricka Burke Keogh is a founder of Online Marketing in Galway and now works as Head of Digital Marketing for Altocloud. @marickab
- Kenneth Deery, AIB Local Market Engagement Manager @KennethDeery
John Breslin and Tracy Keogh
- Lisa Regan is a PR guru and woman in the know of all the fab foodie things happening in the City of Tribes.
- Olivia Collins of FoodPR knows the best of the food scene.
- Jessica Murphy, Head Chef @kaigalway. ‘A pioneer of food that evokes memories from every childhood. She just gets flavours that no other.’
Galway Foodies: Chef JP McMahon and Sheena Dignam of Galway Food Tours
- Orla Sheridan is a brilliant stylist and blogger in Galway; want the inside scoop on where to shop? Follow Orla.
- Jill Holtz is a co-founder of MyKidsTime and a go-to for family things to do in Galway.
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A huge thanks to all contributions especially Mike McWalter, Paddy O’Farrell of Corrib English School, J Gormley, Suzanne Meade, Marketing Manager for The g Hotel, Edel Abberton of Galway Autism Partnership