Galway can offer you so much…

As the main population centre on the west coast, Galway City and county has so much to offer. Home to one of Ireland’s Irish-speaking regions in Connemara and a base for culture, theatre and the arts, Galway also has a very healthy local business and has attracted many major foreign companies to locate there.

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.

Well connected?

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.

Great communities:

  • 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.

In the know:

Hang out at:

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
  • 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.
  • Families – Galway Atlantquaria, City Limits, Eye Cinema, great playground beside Galway Cathedral. Salthill is a great place to chill and take in the fresh air and let the kids run wild (nice beach, parks and playground). There is also a great Farmers Market every Saturday right off Shop Street. MyKidsTime is a great website for family-related activity tips.

County Galway:

  • Delight in Kingfisher, Renmore.
  • The Old Barracks, Athenry.
  • The Gallery Café, Gort

What’s Going On?

  • A city alive with culture, Galway City was recently named Galway UNESCO City of Film – one of only 5 in the world.
  • The Druid Theatre Company, Galway Arts Festival, The Crane traditional Irish music sessions, Macnas Street Parades, TedFest on the Aran Islands and the Clifden Arts Festival are just some of the examples of Galway’s innate creative spirit.
  • Sea Week and Bog Week in Connemara, Connemara Mussel Festival, 12 Bens and Connemara National Park, Galway Oyster Festival, Galway Comedy Festival, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children & Famillies.
  • Connacht Rugby is on the up and bring a great atmosphere to the town, the Christmas Market adds warmth to the cold winter.
  • Galway has become a great destination for students to learn English, bringing youth and colour to the west in droves.
  • A choice of live music every single night throughout the year.

Insider Tips:

  • Don’t miss the buzz on Friday nights rugby when Connacht play.
  • Lunchtime concerts in the Library.
  • Thoor Ballylee Tower, Gort, was once upon a time the home of the great poet WB Yeats.
  • Browsing the bookshelves of Charlie Byrne’s.
  • People watching while enjoying a coffee in McCambridges window on Shop St.
  • Swimming at Blackrock.
  • Walking the prom in Salthill and kicking the wall at the end.
  • Climb Diamond Hill.
  • Fish for Mackerel off the Prom in September.
  • Fly to the Aran Islands.
  • Sail on a traditional Galway Hooker.
  • Stroll through Coole Park followed by Lunch in the Gallery Cafe.
  • Ladies Day at the Galway Races.
  • If you fancy some quality peace and quiet, Connemara is a stone’s throw from Galway City. Choose from golf on spectacular links courses, fishing on remote twinkling lakes, walking the craggy mountains or simply soaking up the wild untamed scenery.

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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

Galway – at a glance

  • Population


  • County Capital

    Galway City

  • Main Towns

    Loughrea, Tuam, Oranmore, Ballinasloe.

  • Local Airport


  • Local Third-level Education Institute or University

    Yes (2)

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If you’re thinking of setting up or expanding your business in Galway, we can help. Why not get in touch with Galway city or county council below and they’d be only too happy to tell you what Galway can offer your business.

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Tel: 00353 91 536597

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Tel: 00353 091 509000

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