Once a small fishing village, Galway became a prosperous town in the Middle Ages. Today it is an attractive town with approximately 47,000 inhabitants. Because of the university Galway has a special flair that attracts many young people. You will definitely notice that at night–in the pubs, restaurants or cafes.
The town itself is not too big and you can’t get lost because if you follow the main road through the city centre, you will go round in a circle; and sooner or later you will end up back where you started from. And in the meantime you can have a look at the beautiful buildings and interesting shops.
In the year 1493, Galway had a mayor called James Lynch. His son had murdered a Spaniard and it was the mayor’s task to pronounce the judgement, which in this case was death for his son. As nobody else wanted to execute the young man, James Lynch himself hanged his own son. The term Lynch justice is said to have derived from this incident and is now globally known.