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The city’s name means stony river, and if you think that’s formidable sounding, it’s nickname is “City of the Tribes”. The Tribes refer to the 13 merchant tribes that made the city rich, making it the principle Irish port of trade in the middle ages ! The haters of the time coined the word “tribes” as an insult; the merchants took it up as a badge of pride. The city has largely been loyal to the English crown for most of it’s history; it’s brief Gaelic foray was aborted when the Cromwellian campaign in Ireland laid siege to the city for nine months. The potato famine in the 19th century ruined the town though, and it took them until the 2th century to recover.

And recover they have! – Galway is the “Heart of Irish Culture”, what with a merry lifestyle, heaps of festivals, a great number of art institutes that includes four writers groups. Despite it’s small size, you’re not about to run to do here. The city loves its music; the Saw Doctors and the Stunning are only bands that the world knows about, but the streets of the city itself are lined with cheery buskers (skills and unskilled) regaling your musical appetite with traditional Irish Music; and the church choirs are acclaimed. The Galway Arts Festival is a complete riot too. Heck, the city’s frequently been called one of the sexiest cities in the world. 

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Facts and Stats for Galway*

  • Pollution Statistics in Galway

    Know the pollution level of Galway before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 10 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 34.09 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 34.09 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 3.85 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 20.45 (Low)
  • Galway: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Galway for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Galway.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.1 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 21.81 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 21.43 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 28.26 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 20.92 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 33.16 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.06 (Low)
    • Drug offense 40.31 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 92.35 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 62.24 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 32.65 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.27 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 38.27 (Low)
  • Living in Galway - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Galway is 178.97 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 70.75 (High)
    • Climate Index 90.15 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 23.64 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.43 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 81.95 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 53.66 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.09 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 90.85 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Galway

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Galway

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.25 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.16 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 59.95 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 99.46 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 97.68 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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