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Hotel In Co Galway

Neither O’ nor Mac shall strutte nor swagger through the streets of Galway

Galway City, the capital of the West, has a varied and colourful history spanning over 800 years which takes it from the early 1100's to the present day.

Galway 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".

The city also bears the nickname City of the Tribes or Cathair na dTreabh due to the fourteen“Tribes” (merchant families) led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period. The term Tribes was originally a derogatory phrase from Cromwellian times. The merchants would have seen themselves as English nobility, and hence were loyal to the King. Their uncertain reaction to the siege of Galway by Cromwellian forces earned them this label, which they subsequently adopted in defiance.

The population of Galway city, given in the 2009 census, is 78,414

The Pillo Hotel Galway provides the perfect base for exploring this historic city when in Ireland.

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Pillo Hotel, Headford Point, Headford Road, Galway, Ireland
T: 353 (0)91 513200 F: 353 (0)91 513201  

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