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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / IRELAND / Re: Galway, Ireland ? on: November 27, 2010 01:27:12 PM
Galway is wet!!! It rains more days here than any other city in Europe.
My advice (this is my third year living here) would be to spend the summer months here and as soon as September hits move to Cork.

Dublins a very busy city, it is the capital after all. And if anyones interested in moving to Galway then I assume thats not what you want.
As I have also lived in Cork I assure you that its a much livelier happening place, which has much better winter weather (it doesnt rain half as much) and a great nightlife. I hope to move there again next year.
Being a bigger city than Galway theres much more to see and do down in Cork. Museums, art galleries, interesting architecture, constant stream of arts related events, and certainly not just a students city. All in all its a fun vibrant place! Its not as chaotic as Dublin and not far from the city there are so many gorgeous towns like Kinsale (which is renowned for its amazing food and water-sports.)

In all honesty Galway is just a large town which becomes a student city from October to May. Not much goes on in the winter months here, and it rains so much that unless you drive its a nightmare. Way too much money gets spent on taxis on nights out if you dont live right in the centre, where it is very expensive to rent. Many days I come home drenched from the rain. And forget umbrellas!!! Its way too windy for them.

Shellerina-> "it's a great city. i love it most in september-november, there's always a great vibe and it's my favourite in terms of the weather. summer is good too, the arts festival is always great craic."

Sorry Shellerina, you must be living in a different Galway since as long as Ive been in Galway its rained consistently throughout October and November.

Galway is mainly over run with binge drinking first year uni students from mid September to May. Not fun!

So you really have to find the good spots. Heres a list of great places to go out at night which bring out the genuine Galway spirit. The Cellar, The Blue Note, Neachtains (is a historic landmark of the city, the most diverse pub in town), Tig Cil's, De Burgos has some great events and has the look of a restored underground wine cellar, Monroes hosts some great events, Bierhaus with many unusual beers is a great small venue that attracts many europeans, Massimos has a  and if your a metalhead or a bit of a rocker than Sally Longs has regular gigs for the rock fan at heart.
If your eating out than I recommend Kappa-ya a japanese restaurant opposite the best book shop in town- Charlie Byrnes, Bar no.8 on the docks is vintage cosy and The Cellar is a restaurant by day and the food is great!

I admit the Roisin is a nice place but the venue is completely overcrowded and more like a cattlemart on weekends then a pub. Its very 'scene' and is indeed aimed at the indie fan. All the big names that come to Galway perform at the Risn.

Saying that Galway has its charm. Alleyways, the Saturday market, dainty trad pubs. But summer time really displays Galway for what it is. Swimming at the fisheries, film festivals, famous Galway Arts Week, music events, vibrant nightlife, relaxing at the Spanish Arch with amazing street performers dotting the area. June and July are best spent here!

If you have an interest in the Arts then keep an eye on The Black Box, The Town Hall Theatre and The Galway Arts Centre for music, theatre and performance.
Thats my advice on Galway, Im well acquainted with the place
Ireland is not cheap and you have to be prepared for that.
Rent per week per person is about 75- 100. A litre of milk is 1.45.  A pint of beer ranges from 3.80 to 4.50. A vodka and coke is about 8. Gigs generally cost about 15/18 depending on whether you're a student or not.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: More Dread Falls Goodness on: June 01, 2009 03:59:12 AM
wow! i made my boyfrends dreads and he would love me to spice them up by adding a few of these to his collection Cheesy if you dont mind me asking how do you make these??? xxx
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