Claregalway Hotel

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Claregalway Village, Claregalway, Western Ireland, Ireland
Claregalway Hotel
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  • Couples78
  • Solo81
  • Business81

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by friendly3330

TOday is Sunday, 5/16 and we are supposedly leaving the U.S. on 5/21 this Friday. The volcano is again spewing ash towards Ireland.

Does anyone know when the ash comes overhead does it cause breathing problems??

I have asthma and it would be important for me to find out. I am really sick of all these medical problems.

Thanks for the help again.....


by leics

No, it has caused no breathing problems.

At first there was some concern that it might, especially for those with pre-existing medical conditions, but it has not turned out that way.

Apart from in Iceland and (I think) certain parts of Norway, the ash has stayed high in the atmosphere (hence causing the problems with flights).

You do not need to worry.


by friendly3330

Dear Leics,
Thank you very much for the answer and I am glad to hear that. After I had already posted my question, I read that the ash does not cause any health problems. Again thanks for the speedy answer and your invaluable help as usual.


by K_V_B

Volcanic ash is responsible for a condition know as "CYA" syndrome, but so far only officials involved in airline safety have been shown to be susceptible to this.

Travel Tips for Galway

Street Entertainers are Hilarious

by miketrudeau

Walking around Galway, we saw many street performers. Some were better than others of course, but a couple of them were hilarious. There was one troup, with one man in a huge foam costume of a naked bloody butcher, and he was putting on a show chasing around people dressed as cows. He'd look away, and the cows would go into a pub. He'd chase one cow and get peed on. It was very funny to watch, and they weren't even asking for money.

Packing List

by greebo

Luggage will depend upon whether you are hiking or driving. As we were driving we took suitcases but those on coach or hiking tours will need a decent backpack. The weather is very changeable and you will need to take some light clothing and some warmer clothing such as a fleece. Good strong walking shoe is necessary. A waterproof is also a good idea. Plasters would be a good idea for those blisters on the feet. Many local shops and garages sell basic toiletries and medical supplies but some of the smaller villages do not have a pharmacey. If you are staying in the Burren area then it would be advisable to take your films/digital cards with you as specialised camera equipment will not be available in most of the villages/towns only in the bigger cities. However basic camera film can be obtained in the larger towns. There are some beaches which you can swim or surf and a few leisure centres which have swimming pools so swim wear is worth taking along. Most of the larger towns do have camping/hiking shops so basic gear is available. Take lots of money, more than you actually think you will need as banks/cash machines are few and far between.

How to get into a Galwegian pub

by orlikins about Various

Galwegian bouncers are _unbelievably_ strict. Always bring ID with you, if you're 20-something.

Main nightspots are around Eyre Square, Dominic and Eglinton streets.

If it turns out that nobody in Galway will let you in, it might be worth your while getting a taxi to the Warwick club in Salthill, cos they'll let in anyone!

The only other alternative is to sit in Supermacs chip shop all night sulking or go to some "old-man" pub. Dress up, there is a lot of competition to get into the pubs. Many a night has been ruined by a stubborn sneaker-wearer.

The best way is to fly. Aer...

by neilmcaliece

The best way is to fly. Aer Arran do several flights each say form Dublin to Galway. At the moment (Jan 2002) you can only fly to and from Dublin from Galway but there have been various schemes to get flights to/from the UK which have all been stopped in the past. The runway is too short for jets to land so Aer Arran use 50 seater turbo props which are fine - I use them all the time when I go to Dublin.

Failing that you can get a train from Dublin to Galway which will take anything from two and a half hours to three and a half hours depending on what service you get.

You can also get a bus from Dublin or many other parts of the country to Galway which is cheaper than the train and plane but they are pretty bad - I hate busses. You can get a bus directly from Dublin Airport to Galway if you want to then you don't have to go through Dublin if you don't want to.

Aer Arran -
Bus Eireann -
Ianrod Eireann (trains) -
If you get a hotel in the center of Galway then you can walk anywhere in the city center within five or ten minutes which is handy late at night as getting a cab can ake quite a while, especially at teh weekends.

For taxis I always use Big O Taxi Company. Their number is (091) 585858 - don't use the 091 when in galway - that's the galway city dialing code.

Rent a car - there are a few places to rent cars from - you can see all of the offices together at Carnmore (Galway) airport and compare the prices directly but the rental offices only seem to be open when flights arrive as it's a very quiet airport.

The bus service in Galway city is pathetic - I tried to use it once but after about 45 minutes of waiting a flagged down a taxi - that was three years ago and I've never tried a bus again.

Use a bike at your peril - you won't believe the things people do on the roads here. I wouldn't feel safe on a bicycle.

A lunchtime ruby murray

by sourbugger about Tulsi

I normally have a very low opinion of Indian restaurants in Ireland. lack of competition (as in few other Indian restaurants not restaurants per se) leads to overpricing and bland formulaic menus.

I am therefore happy to report that the lunchtime 'Deal' we recently had here was a real winner. At 7.95 for a main dish (with rice and a veg dish) with popadums for starters and tea / coffee thrown in as well this represents excellent value for money around these parts.
You don't get a choice of meal, so ask first to see if it is something you fancy. I had a rather excellent Lamb Rogan josh, somewhat under-spiced for my taste but well cooked nonetheless. Another four euro would get you the 'business menu' with a choice of dishes (3) and a dessert. Evening prices are quite a bit more.

Decor is very standard, service was efficient.


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