City/Life Series: Galway: Come west along the road

City/Life Series: Galway: Come west along the road
Galway in Oliver St Gogarty's words: ''And ere the tidal water falls, Your ships put out to sea, Like crimson roses in grey walls Your memories to me Picture: Thinkstock

During the month of August, The Sunday Business Post is reporting from Ireland’s regional capitals for our City/Life series, providing an insight into the business, economic and political life of each city we focus on.

To step off the train and into Galway in mid-July, with the Arts Festival in full swing, is to step into the city in all its full pomp and pageantry. Bulging out from behind the railings of the sedate Victorian front of the Meyrick Hotel in Eyre Square is a gigantic red rubber ball the size of a bungalow. It’s an art installation that will move around the city throughout the festival, appearing in an alley off Quay Street, in a shelter on the Prom in Salthill, delighting children who poke it and run into it.

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