The National University of Galway, Ireland (formerly known as University College Galway or UCG) was originally established as one of the Queens' Colleges in Ireland in 1845 and it officially opened in 1849. The buildings that make up the college proper nowadays were added to the original structure piecemeal, and this serves to enhance the attractiveness of the college.
The oldest and prettiest part of the college (the "Quadrangle") which contained the lecture halls and the old library and is a replica of the corresponding building at Oxford University and the stone from which it is built was supplied locally. Newer parts of the college sprang up in the 1970s and and were designed by architects Scott, Tallon, Walker.
The grounds of the university are open to the public and is well worth a visit. Aras Failte - a public information department was established in 1997 and the staff there will provide you with all the information you need. Aras Failte is located very close to the main Quadrangle building.
While I was there, Eyre Square was undergoing a serious facelift. It looks like it is going to really fit in well for the city once it's finished. The artist rendition of the final look is posted on the northside. There are also some monuments in this are to have a look at. There is also a dedication to JFK.
Galway, the city of the tribes, is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The city grew from a small fishing village. In 1235, the Anglo Normans had captured the fort of the Galway chieftains, and built a strong castle, around which the medieval set tlement grew. The walling of the city started in 1270, and the city grew as a merchant city. It's wealth was created by 14 merchant families, who later became known as the 14 Tribes of Galway. During the first half of the 17th century, it was a well built city, however, two seiges by the Cromwellian and the Williamite forces saw the fall of the city. The Tribes went into exile, and it is only today that a real revival of the city is evident. Today it is a city known for it's love of the arts and culture.
National University of Ireland, Galway
Just a lovely place with old buildings and nice gardens. Well worth a stroll through the university grounds.
Have a visit to The Old Quays Spanish Arch.
Was built in 1584 to protect the harbour as that was outside the city wall and unprotected.