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St Nicholas Collegiate Church

One of the most well preserved medieval churches in Ireland, this church was founded by Anglo-Normans in 1320 and dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of seafarers. Renovations and enlargements over the centuries have left its walls adorned with many beautiful carvings, including exceptional gargoyles. The church also features some beautiful stained glass windows. The church is located just off Market Street, and behind Abbeygate Street, the central thoroughfare of Galway's shopping and dining district. Visitors to Galway remark on how pretty its interior is, retaining an old world charm.

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Galway City Museum

Located near the Spanish Arch, the museum was founded in 1976. Its structure was formerly a private house, home to sculptress Clare Sheridan. The museum site is also located near the place where the original city docks were built in 1270. In addition to the Spanish Arch, there were three others - only the Blind Arch remains. The missing two arches were located at the spot where the museum now stands. A speculation is that the Arches were used to store imported goods and avoid taxation. Galway City Museum contains a variety of Irish artifacts from historical events, including the Connaught Rangers, the Civil War, and the Insurrection of 1916.

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Tigh Neachtain Pub

Tigh Neachtain, or Naughton’s Pub, is centrally located in the medieval part of Galway, and is a prime spot for live traditional Irish music. Located close to the Spanish Arch, this authentic, traditional old pub is filled with cosy wooden snugs, warm fireplaces and quiet hidden corners. It is a favorite gathering place for a friendly motley crew of local writers, artists, and students and conversation, as well as good beer, is always flowing liberally from mid-afternoon onwards. During summer months, the outdoor seating is popular. A selection of good food is also served.

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Brigit's Garden (Gairdin Bhride)

This unique attraction just outside Galway city centers itself around the theme of the seasonal festivals celebrated by the ancient Celtic people. There are four gardens - Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasa, each named for the festival and designed to represent the seasons and the stages of the cycle of life from conception and birth through reproduction and death. They are also designed to complement the native landscape features of western Ireland.

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Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas

 The largest catholic church in Galway, the cathedral is located on Nun's Island, on the west bank of the River Corrib near Salmon Weir Bridge. It was the last large church in Ireland to be made from stone, and features a huge octagonal dome that complements the skyline of the City of Galway. The cathedral was designed by J.J. Robinson and combines many features from different styles and periods of architecture, such as its Romanesque nave arches, Spanish choir area, and Gothic windows. The ceiling is made with American wood from the Pacific Northwest, and the towers are often described as Renaissance in nature.

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