Galway City Guide

Galway is home to an energetic and vivacious nightlife scene. The city has more pubs and bars than it has rainy days, as well as a few nightclubs. The possibilities are endless, offering a quiet night out with friends or a foot stomping romp with traditional Irish music and storytelling, or a frantic night out dancing. Ireland, though located fairly far north, is warmed by the Gulf Stream, which moderates extreme temperature differences more so than other locations at the same latitude. During the summer months, Galway averages around 68 degrees F, while in the winter the temperature averages approximately 34 degrees F. Galway, just like all of Ireland, does get more than its fair share of rainfall. The rain is heaviest in the winter, but can be heavy at any time. For many centuries, Galway was ruled by 14 families known as the tribes of Galway. The mayor and the leading citizens usually were spawned from these 14 families. They were the Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, Darcy, Deane, French, Font, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris and Skerrett families. In the Middle Ages Galway became an important port. Their main import was the finest wines from around the world. Exports included tannery goods such as wool, skins and leather. Although a truly Irish city, the leading citizens of Galway during that time were definitely English in their manners and customs. Eventually, in the 14th and 15th centuries, the English kings gradually lost control of Ireland. For the most part, England only maintained its influence in Dublin and the surrounding Pale. Although the rest of Ireland developed more of an Irish nationality, to a large extent Galway was an island of 'Englishness'.