I’ve just got back from a visit to Galway on the west coast of Ireland. It was a return visit – I was there last year for a couple of days. Like last year, I’d been invited to run a workshop at the University – It was good to know that I must have done a good enough job to warrant a return visit.
I flew from Manchester to Dublin and then picked up a coach to take me to Galway. A three hour journey. It was sunny, but very cold, when I left Manchester but was greeted by dark grey skies and VERY heavy rain on my arrival in the west of Ireland.
Tuesday afternoon was something of a washout but I’m glad to say that the weather improved for the rest of my stay.
The heavy rain over the preceding weeks meant that the Corrib river was running deep, fast and turbulent.
Most of Wednesday was devoted to running my workshop at the University,
but I had a couple of half days plus a few hours on the Wednesday to have a mooch around. Galway is quite small, but there is plenty to see. It was good to wander round and revisit some of the places I saw last year, but I also managed to take in a few new sights.
Sheltering from the rain in the Eyre Square shopping centre I came across this preserved section of the old city walls
I never realised it was there!
Otherwise, most of he sights were familiar
The Long Walk, shot at dusk
Looking over to the Claddagh
Rowers on the river near to the University
Buskers in Shop Street
Colourful and interesting shops