Galway

Galway

Gaillimh
City
Top to bottom: Galway Cathedral, National University of Ireland - Galway, Eyre Square, Galway Harbour, The Long Walk
Top to bottom: Galway Cathedral, National University of Ireland - Galway, Eyre Square, Galway Harbour, The Long Walk
Coat of arms of Galway
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 
"City of the Tribes"
Motto(s): 
Laudatio Ejus Manet In Secula Seculorum[1]  (Latin)
"His Praise Remains unto Ages of Ages"
Galway is located in Ireland
Galway
Galway
Galway City in Ireland
Galway is located in Europe
Galway
Galway
Galway (Europe)
Coordinates: 53°16′19″N 9°2′56″W / 53°16′19″N 9°2′56″W / 53.27194; -9.04889
Map of Galway

Galway (/ GAWL-way; Irish: Gaillimh, pronounced [ˈɡalʲɪvʲ]) is a city in County Galway in the West of Ireland, in the province of Connacht. It lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay, and is the sixth most populous city in Ireland, with a population at the 2016 Census of 79,934.[3]

Galway will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020, alongside Rijeka, Croatia.

Name

The city's name comes from the Irish name Gaillimhe, which formed the western boundary of the earliest settlement, Dún Gaillimhe "Fort Gaillimh".[4] (Mythical and alternative derivations of the name are given in History of Galway). Historically, the name was Anglicised as Galliv or Gallive,[5] closer to the Irish pronunciation. The city's name in Latin is Galvia. Residents of the city are referred to as Galwegians.

The city also bears the nickname "City of the Tribes" (Irish: Cathair na dTreabh) because of the fourteen merchant families called the "tribes of Galway"[6] who led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period.

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