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County Galway is on the west coast of Ireland, in the historical province of Connacht, almost directly across the island from Dublin. It is home to fantastic scenery and the largest Gaeltacht in the country.
The Gaelic name for this county, Gaillimh, derives from Gaill, the Gaelic word for oustiders or foreigners. It is ironic, then, that this county is now home to the largest gaeltacht, where the language and culture of Ireland still survives.
The landscape in County Galway  is varied. The interior is largely flat, while the Connemara, in the northwest is a region of ancient glacier scared mountains, blanket bog peatlands and rugged coastlines. The Aran Islands and the south are rocky and barren places, containing numerous stone age forts, including Dun Aenghus (one of the best examples of its kind in Europe), beautiful in its isolation. To top it off, there is also the urban landscape of Galway City, the west coast's largest city.
Both English and Irish Gaelic are widely spoken in County Galway. As with the rest of Ireland, most Gaelic speakers are found in smaller and more isolated villages, while the cities are dominantly English speaking.
By car hire
Car hire is available from several agencies in the city and at the airport.
Several local car dealers operate car-rentals. These include:
Taaffes Bar on Shop St. in the centre of Galway City. Traditional Irish music every night. Monroe's Tavern on Lower Dominic St. in Galway City. An Pucan ; located in Forster St. beside the train and bus stations.
Bed and Breakfast