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.

County Statistics

Based on data from the CSO Census of Population in 2016, the Western Development Commission has published an Info-graph showing some key statistics for Galway.

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.

Galway City

Creative Galway

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:

  • PubsThe 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.
    • 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.

In County Galway:

  • The Misunderstood Heron; a food truck in the most spectacular of settings
  • Delight in Kingfisher, Renmore.
  • The Old Barracks, Athenry.
  • The Gallery Café, Gort
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The Misunderstood Heron in Killary fjord

Dates For Your Diary:

  • TedFest on the Aran Islands, February,
  • Connemara Mussel Festival, May,
  • 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.
  • Galway International Arts Festival, July,

People In the Know:

Start-Up Folks

Galway Influencers

John Breslin and Tracy Keogh




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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.

Insider Tips:

  • Don’t miss the buzz on Friday nights rugby when Connacht play.
  • Visit The Claddagh Ring Visitor centre. Here you have a chance to explore the history and legend behind the Claddagh ring. Admission is Free.
  • The Burren Lowlands is an area of significant cultural and landscape heritage stretching from the Slieve Aughties to the Burren Highlands and from Kinvarra to Crusheen. Gort is the regional centre. It was home to W.B. Yeats in Thoor Ballylee. 
  • Visit Burren Nature Sanctuary. The Heritage site in Kinvara, Co Galway is the perfect place to discover the magical Burren Landscape.
  • Visit the Kiltartan Gregory Museum near Gort. This historic place, Kiltartan Cross, is where the blind poet Rafferty met and fell in love with the “Beauty of Ballylee” Márre ní hEidhie and where he often played music for local dances. The Kiltartan landscape also inspired, amongst others, Lady Gregory and W.B. Yeats.
  • Brigit’s Garden, Winner of the Georgina Campbell Family Friendly Destination of the Year Award 2017, is a very special day-trip, especially for families.
  • 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.
  • 12 Bens and Connemara National Park
  • For 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.
    • Merlin Woods in Galway is the largest and oldest urban woodland in the city; home to an amazing array of wildlife such as the red squirrel,  butterflies, orchids, nature in the city and historic features.
    • MyKidsTime is a great website for family-related activity tips.
    • ‘Turoe Pet Farm in Loughrea is a lovely day out for the family; plenty of stuff for the kids to do regardless of the weather’
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Galway Races

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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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