A city known for the biggest Irish and international festivals each year, it’s no surprise that Galway is European Capital of Culture in 2020. Exciting theatre productions, short films and compelling exhibitions fill its social calendar attracting audiences from around the globe.
Galway offers a choice of active pursuits including Connemara International Marathon, hillwalking in the Twelve Bens and Féile Mhic Dara Regatta, which showcases Irish boats like the Galway hooker, unique to Galway Bay.
One of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions, The Wild Atlantic Way snakes along 689 kilometres of Galway coastline revealing stunning greenways and cycling routes. Visitors pause to explore its offshore Aran Islands and bask in the beauty of Galway Bay.
Galway was the first region in Ireland to win the coveted European Region of Gastronomy in 2018: a testament to 23 farmers markets and a host of restaurants bringing the best ingredients from farm to fork.
Construction works are well underway; manpower reaches up to 90 workers on-site per day, two tower cranes are in operation and 4000m3 of concrete has been poured to date. Over the coming months continued work will take place on the double basement and the structural steel works to the office blocks will commence.
Planning permission has been granted for a development of 288 build-to-rent residential units at JJ Rhatigan's Crown Square Development in Galway, where construction recently started on the commercial aspects of the project.
Throughout this Galway 2020 programme, the themes of language, landscape and migration come to life. Structured around the old Celtic calendar of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasa and Samhain, Galway 2020 begins in February and runs through until the end of January 2021.