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
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.