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Galway bound - Hive-mind recommendations?
« on: 22 June, 2017, 10:08:51 am »
Hey all,

I'm off to Galway next week (work-related but I still expect some downtime in which to mooch about) so any suggestions for things to see / do / avoid would be most welcome!

Ta.

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« Reply #1 on: 22 June, 2017, 01:06:59 pm »
I can only offer recommendations on food & drink, Ming.
Worth checking the following out;

Kai (http://kaicaferestaurant.com/)

Bierhaus (http://bierhausgalway.com/)


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Re: Galway bound - Hive-mind recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: 22 June, 2017, 01:08:20 pm »
You must try a Galway Hooker too of course.

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« Reply #3 on: 22 June, 2017, 01:38:25 pm »
You must try a Galway Hooker too of course.

And I shall be putting it on expenses!  :lol:

Thanks for the tips, Link!

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« Reply #4 on: 22 June, 2017, 07:04:56 pm »
Galway Hooker is truly Nectar from the Gods. Although not connected with or from Galway may I suggest trying a pint of Smithwicks whilst you over in Emerald Isle! Safe and happy journey pal

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Re: Galway bound - Hive-mind recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: 22 June, 2017, 07:20:39 pm »
You must try a Galway Hooker too of course.

And I shall be putting it on expenses!  :lol:

Thanks for the tips, Link!

I'd love to see the accounts technician's face when that comes up on expenses!

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« Reply #6 on: 22 June, 2017, 07:32:13 pm »
so true! :-)

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Re: Galway bound - Hive-mind recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: 22 June, 2017, 11:36:26 pm »
Galway is great fun, for a pub you cant go to far wrong with An Púcán http://anpucan.ie/ a lively music pub, and if you go to the end of the main street 'Shop Street' there is a huge choice of pubs ranging from the superpub to the quieter old man pub.
The small pubs are usually better for a bit of atmosphere and conversation, a lot of the bigger ones have music ranging from rock to trad. I should qualify all this by saying its a few years since I have been out in Galway. Avoid Eyre square and the Supermacs area after closing time, it can get messy!

If you have some time on your hands and a car you can easily get to the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare or head west from Galway out to Connemara, which is nice.  If you have a good lot of time head to the Aran Islands and visit Dún Aonghasa, you can get a flight to the island at Invern http://aerarannislands.ie/.  Of course the neighbouring county of Mayo is far nicer;)

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« Reply #8 on: 23 June, 2017, 09:55:16 am »
David, Michael - thanks for the tips.  Not sure how much free time I'll have but I'll be around for a week (conference) so hopefully time to explore here and there.  I'll consider picking up a car for a day if the schedule allows; would be great to head out a bit (I did have Co. Clare in mind so fingers crossed).

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« Reply #9 on: 23 June, 2017, 12:37:34 pm »
If you like Historic Military Fortifications, there are some mint-condition Martello Towers around Galway Bay.
http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/history/fortifications/index.htm

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« Reply #10 on: 23 June, 2017, 02:36:47 pm »
If you like Historic Military Fortifications, there are some mint-condition Martello Towers around Galway Bay.
http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/history/fortifications/index.htm

Ooh, I do like a good Martello tower (the only others I've seen were in the Orkneys, built to defend against American invaders I think)...

Once again, thanks for all the tips, folks!

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« Reply #11 on: 27 June, 2017, 12:28:12 pm »
I really love Galway, it's got a nice atmosphere and I agree with pretty much all the recommendations above. Maybe a bit late to this - but there's also Sub City Comics in the shopping centre off Eyre Square. Small but perfectly formed and I always like to buy something from them when I'm there.

And the Burren in Clare is fantastic - should be plenty in bloom right now too if you get a look see.
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« Reply #12 on: 27 June, 2017, 06:19:08 pm »
I popped into Sub City earlier today, Mikey - had a good chat with the owner and I'll go back tomorrow since all the 2000AD section was blocked by a load of boxes.

Will be off to the Burren on Friday (got an invite to drop in on someone for coffee in Ennis as well).

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« Reply #13 on: 27 June, 2017, 08:59:16 pm »
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop is worth a look too. http://charliebyrne.com/

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« Reply #14 on: 28 June, 2017, 08:23:08 pm »
Popped into Charlie Byrne's at lunchtime - great bookshop; I could spend hours in there (and will go back for round two tomorrow).  I fitted in a return trip to Sub City as well - didn't snag any 2K stuff but got the Head Lopper collection which I've been meaning to pick up for ages.  Conference is a bit manic; 40 talks today... 5-minute speed talks are a great idea but make brain full hurt much.  At least there was a table full of pizza and they laid on plenty of (Galway) Hookers afterwards.