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Galway City, Ireland

county galwayThe city of Galway (Cathair na Gaillimhe) located on the west coast of Ireland, sits on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay. It is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the only city in the Province of Connacht. The city is nicknamed the 'City of the Tribes' because "fourteen tribes" (merchant families) led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period.

Galway is looked upon as Ireland's Cultural Heart and is famous for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals, celebrations and events that take place in the city annually. Some of the major annual events include the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races, and the Galway International Oyster Festival.

The Galway Arts Festival takes place in July. First held in 1978, it has grown into one of the biggest arts festivals in Ireland, attracting international artists from all over the world, as well as providing a platform for local and national performers. Highlights of the festival are shows by Macnas and Druid, two local performance groups and it also features parades, street performances and plays, musical concerts and comedy acts.

As in most Irish cities, Galway has a vibrant and varied musical scene, with traditional music being kept alive in pubs and by street performers. Notable bands from Galway include' The Saw Doctors' and 'The Stunning'.

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