Summer Fun In Irelands Coastal Town
If you fancy trying out good times in Ireland, think about a visit in September – and join in the fun of one of the biggest and oldest parties that the Green Isle has to offer. It’s the Galway Oyster Festival and it runs from 23rd to 25th September so you’ll still have time to explore the town and local environment. There are lots of flights to the Emerald Isle and getting to Galway is easy, so don’t miss out on a chance to see Ireland at its best.
The Oyster Festival
The 57th Oyster Festival in 2011 will kick off with the Oyster Opening Championships. After the Oyster Opening is over – at around 8.00pm, all the oysters are offered up for a feast in Festival Marquee. It’s quite a fashion event too, with everyone dressed up to nines for the Oyster Festival Gala Ball. There’s even a Best Dressed Competition too.
There are lots of events to, dances, and Guinness, of course, in all its forms, to sample. This is generally the last big party of the summer, and it’s a real live wire event with approximately 12,000 visitors a year. The streets are full of people, and there is a real party atmosphere – everyone is up for a good time. When you need a breather, take a stroll down to Quay Street, under the old Spanish Arch and onto Salthill, for some lung expanding fresh air.
Galway Town Traditions
There’s plenty of culture here – lovely galleries, and museums, and of course, the evening brings lots of live music onto the streets and in the big Marquee, so you can dance the night away. There’s a great market held on Saturdays, just outside St Nicholas’s Church, everybody brings all sorts of items, so its good fun to rifle through the baskets and tables. If you are feeling in a generous mood you might want to buy your sweetheart a Claddagh Ring, thought to be designed in this part of Ireland. It’s a pair of hands, holding a heart, which is topped by a crown. If you wear the ring with the heart facing outwards, it means the owner’s heart is free, and when pointing inwards, it means the owners heart belongs elsewhere – keep an eye out for them.
The Green Green Grass
Galway countryside is lush and beautiful. You can visit Letterfrack and Leenane and enjoy the peace of the Twelve Ben Mountains at Connemara. You’ve also got an opportunity to visit the Isle of Aran by ferry, where life is slower paced and fishing is still very important for the local economy. It’s Europe’s most westerly point. The coastline is quite dramatic too, very rocky with stretches of gold sand. If you feel in need of some exercise, why not try out a surfing lesson as Rusheen Bay, where the local surfing schools can help you to get up on your feet and coping with the big swells.
It’s fun, lively, and very friendly in Galway – there are some excellent deals at the moment to visit Ireland, and getting here is so easy. Make sure you’ve booked some accommodation – it will get really busy during the festival week, and you’ll want somewhere to rest your weary head after all those oysters, and all that Guinness and dancing!