What to See in Wexford and Galway (Ireland)

Wexford (Ireland)

Wexford is located on the southeast coast of Ireland at the confluence of the Slaney River into the Irish Sea. It was founded by the Vikings in 800.

In Wexford, St. Peter ‘s Square contains the ruins of St. Patrick’s Church. In the courtyard of the church it is interesting to look at the old tombstones. In the architecture of the city, two neo-Gothic churches (19th century) can be distinguished – the Church of the Assumption and the Church of the Immaculate Conception. They are known as twin churches. Their 71 m high spiers rise above the Vexfjord.

Wexford is one of the largest shopping centers in South East Ireland. The main stores are located along Main Street.

In the east of the city, on the banks of the harbor in its northern part, there is a bird sanctuary. Wild geese from Greenland and Iceland winter here, among them – a third of the world population of white-fronted geese, there are also swans. The main beaches of the southeast coast of IrelandĀ are concentrated around Wexford. The most famous are Duncannon and Rosslaine beaches. These places are considered the sunniest and driest in Ireland. From the port of Rosslane, a ferry runs to France and Wales.

Galway (Ireland)

According to CELLPHONEEXPLORER, Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland. The Church of St. Nicholas with a spire near the rimĀ is interesting here. It was built in 1320 and is one of the largest churches in Ireland. Lynch Castle is very beautiful, in which the bank is now located. On the facade of the castle, various coats of arms of aristocratic families who lived in this castle are applied. In the historical part of the city, the Spanish Arch has been preserved, which leads to the Spanish Alley, where Spanish merchants once liked to walk. Near the Spanish Arch is the city harbor, from where ships leave for the Aran Islands.

The Aran Islands are located 48 km from the coast, they include the islands of Inishmore (the largest of them), Inishmaan and Inisheer. The first Christians of Ireland began to settle in these places, and even now the islands continue to follow ancient traditions and speak the Gaelic language. Massive stone forts that were built by the first settlers are interesting here. The most popular fort is Dan Aengus. About 430 plant species grow on the islands.

Not far from Galway is the city of Saltite Beach with a long promenade along the city’s beaches. Tourists constantly walk here, relax in pubs or swim in the sea.

North of Galway, the city of Westport is interesting. In its vicinity, on a peak with a height of 765 m, stands the Church of St. Patrick, which is a place of pilgrimage for Christians. It is believed that Saint Patrick stopped on this mountain during his campaigns around the island and spent 40 days here. Not far from here, near the city of Nok, there is another place of pilgrimage. It is said that here on August 21, 1879, the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and Saint John appeared at the local church.

County Galway is home to the rolling hills of Connemara, which is rich in vegetation and wildlife. It is surrounded by the ridges of the peaks of Twelve Bens from where the most beautiful panoramas of the sea and the Aran Islands open up.

Be sure to head south to the Cliffs of Moher near Doolin, County Clare. These are the highest cliffs on the coast of Ireland, their height reaches 214 m, and their length is 7 km. In the central part of the rocky area is the round stone O’Brance Tower, which was built in 1835. From its observation deck you can see the Aran Islands. Here you can see about 29 species of birds and large colonies of Atlantic puffins.

Galway (Ireland)