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Galway (official Irish name: Gaillimh) is the only city in the province of Connacht in Ireland and capital of County Galway. The city is located on the west coast of Ireland. In Irish, Galway is also called Cathair na Gaillimhe, which is a translation of "City of Galway".
The city takes its name from the Gaillimh river (River Corrib) that
formed the western boundary of the earliest settlement, which was called
Dún Bhun na Gaillimhe, or the fort at the bottom of the Gaillimh.
The word Gaillimh means "stony" as in "stony river".
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Galway is often considered to be the 'Cultural Capital of Ireland', and is
world renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals, celebrations
and events. Galway city is unique among Irish cities because of the strength
of its Irish language, music, song and dancing traditions - it is often referred
to as the 'Bilingual Capital of Ireland'. The city is well known for its ‘Irishness’,
and mainly due to the fact that it has on its doorstep the Galway Gaeltacht.
The language is visible on the city streets, with bilingual signage on display
on shops and road signs, and can be heard by locals around the city. Irish
theatre, television and radio production and Irish music are an integral part
of Galway city life, with both An Taibhdhearc, the National Irish Language
Theatre, TG4 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta headquarters in Galway.