Ireland holds many treasures and Galway is one of them. Our family made a trip to visit our daughter (she was studying abroad). We found a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere upon arriving. We arrived by train from the Dublin airport and were greeted by very helpful people. Our daughter had arranged for a transport to pick us up and take us to our rental. The driver could not have been more helpful and gave us some local information and ideas for our stay. Our accommodations were wonderful and the landlord could not have been more easy going. We had booked our apartment for a week, but the landlord allowed our daughter to meet with him a day early and stay that night for no extra charge. The view from our balcony out over the Galway Bay were magnificent. Sunsets were amazing. The locals were all very helpful and the day trips that can be taken from Galway are amazing. This area has amazing foods, celebrations that seem to be going on all the time, a farmers market that can't be beat, terrific little shops, and just wonderful people. The grounds and faculty of the National University of Ireland-Galway are impressive to say the least. I am not a person that easily relaxes and I found myself becoming so accustomed to the relaxed atmosphere that I can honestly say I hated to leave. The only thing that you need to be aware of is that unless you rent a vehicle you will either need to travel by taxi or bus as many things are spread out within the city. I have already started to save for a trip back to Ireland and although I will be seeing other areas the next time...I will make sure to find my way back to this wonderful area during my return.