Living in Galway
Galway is a harbour city on the Atlantic coast of the West of Ireland. It is Ireland’s 5th largest city with a population of nearly 80,000. Well-connected by road and rail networks to the larger cities of Dublin and Limerick, living in Galway offers the opportunity to experience real Irish life while still being reassuringly accessible. Serviced by two international airports within an hours drive, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport in Mayo, it’s a short flight from London and all the major European cities.
The Celtic Tiger boom caused a rapid expansion in the industrial and technological sector, resulting in a massive influx of international knowledge workers. In fact, over 20% of the population of Galway are said to be expats. Together, with the international students attending the city’s university, NUI, they provide a young and vibrant atmosphere. The well-established business infrastructure has attracted many industry leaders in pharmaceuticals, medical technology, electronics and chemicals. MedTech giants such as Boston Scientific, Creganna Medical and Integer are among the largest employers in the region. Living in Galway is perfect if you have ambitions in the ICT industry, with 4 out 5 of the top global companies being located here. If you want to work in an exciting innovative city which doesn’t feel like a concrete jungle then Galway is the place for you.
The Irish are known for their welcoming nature and their love of the ‘craic’. You can experience the nightlife in Eyre Square in the city centre. If you prefer a more sophisticated atmosphere, head to the West End which has all the best restaurants and gastropubs. It even boasts Ireland’s ‘Best Restaurant’, Loam, prized for its ethical and sustainable values. As it is surrounded by the sea, Galway is famous for its seafood. There are an Oyster and Seafood festival and a highly acclaimed International food festival every year. Galway is the European City of Culture for 2020, which is a reflection of its love of the arts. The city boasts a calendar full of art, music and film festivals. Including the Galway Film Fleadh, a platform for international and Irish film. There’s always something going on when you’re living in Galway.
Sports and Recreation
The landscape of Galway is unparalleled in its rugged and unspoilt nature. From beautiful beaches and scenic mountains, there is plenty to explore while living in Galway. Adrenaline junkies should head to the beach to surf in the Atlantic sea, the waves here are known as some of the best in Europe. Cyclists will be challenged by the 42 kilometre Greenway Cycle track along the picturesque coast or why not strap on your hiking boots and try climbing the Twelve Bens in Connemara. Living in Galway is perfect for sports lovers with clubs in rugby, soccer, sailing and many more. Experience traditional Gaelic sports such as Gaelic football and hurling at the Pearse stadium and you can’t miss the famous Galway horse races at Ballybrit.
Mundialz can give you all the information you need to start enjoying living in Galway. We'll get you set up and connected with the local community. We want you to feel settled as soon as possible so you can fall in love with the city which inspired Ed Sheeran's 'Galway Girl'.