Galway Market: The Perfect Place to Take a Study Break, IMG Cred: Amy Wiener

 Find Fresh Seafood, Baked Goods and More!


This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Galway on the West Coast of Ireland and visit my friend who lives in the city center.   Galway is home to the National University of Ireland (NUI), where many American students take advantage of the opportunities there to study abroad.

Galway is a great city for students, with 17,000 of them making up a large proportion of the population.  While I would be more likely to call it a large town, it is Ireland’s second largest city, and is full of bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, art, and beautiful scenery.  The National University of Ireland takes up much of the city, with separate building complexes scattered throughout the center.

I had the pleasure of visiting on the weekend and catching the Galway Market in Church Lane by St. Nicholas’ church.   Held every Saturday and Sunday, the market is a one stop shop for all your shopping needs.  Fresh produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, and baked goods are sold by local vendors, as well as flowers, crafts and gifts, and food stands selling falafel, famous Galway oysters, and fresh donuts for hungry shoppers.

Visitors are also likely to come across street musicians and performers, and can pop in to many of the interesting one-of-a-kind shops like Charlie Byrne’s bookstore, or one of the pubs or restaurants lining the narrow streets.   The market is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sundays.
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photo: Amy Wiener

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