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County Galway from Samuel Lewis' Topographical Directory of Ireland 1837

Galway is the second largest county in area in the Republic of Ireland. The name comes from the Irish gailimh: 'stony river'. It lies at the centre of the west coast of Ireland. The western third of the county is the rugged, scenic area of Connemara, noted for its ponies. East Galway is mainly a fertile lowland, well suited to agriculture.

At the boundary between these two contrasting areas is the city of Galway, the largest town in the county and in the province of Connacht. The Atlantic Ocean forms Galway's western boundary, with the huge inlet of Galway Bay. The River Shannon which is renowned as a idealic cruising area, separates it from Offaly and Tipperary to the east. Mayo is to the north, Roscommon to the northeast, and Clare to the south. Galway is 150 kilometer's from east to west and 80 kilometer's from north to south.

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