THIS WEEK, HUNDREDS of people will descend upon Galway as the annual race meeting takes place.
They’ll have a great time, of course, but only true Galwegians know the real ins and outs of what many say is the best city in Ireland.
Here are thirteen things you know for sure if you’re from Galway.
Avoid town during race week
Unless you’re a lover of the races, in which case it’s the best time of year of course.
You either love or hate the races. There is no middle ground.
The walk of shame is what you do after chickening out of jumping off the Blackrock diving board
You can’t walk the Prom without kicking the wall
You just can’t. It’s the rules.
The best fish and chips in the world is from McDonaghs
This is a truly glorious sight
The first time you see the Galway Arts Festival big top each Summer, you will probably feel a thrill.
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The donuts from the donut man in the market are the best
Supermacs Eyre Square at 2AM is the most terrying place on Earth
If you want tea and cake, you want to go to Goyas
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If it’s not raining, and it’s not winter, you should be enjoying a beverage by the Spanish Arch
Even if it’s freezing.
You know you’re home when you can hear drumming
There’s always drumming.
Never go near the swans at the Claddagh, they’ve been known to kill people
Or at least that’s how the story goes.
This man is dicing with danger. Flickr/phalinn
For a decent pint and people watching, Neachtains is your only man
You may travel, but there’s no place like home