It’s still Friday, June 8th, but the evening has arrived. So, it’s on to the streets of Galway!! This evening we treated ourselves to the fun of a history lesson and “pub crawl” in this warm and welcoming town. Our guides were a knowledgeable student named Dónal Ó Catháin, and a couple of his friends, Rab and Hanne-Mette. Here’s a photo of the first pub we visited.
Dónal’s extensive knowledge of Galway really added to our enjoyment, giving us a bit of insight into the Irish culture. In Ireland a pub is a community meeting place, it’s where you get together with family and friends to have a meal, sing along with the music, or watch football (soccer) after work.
All of the pubs we visited were really crowded, so we sat where we could and in one pub I was lucky enough to sit next to three young people approximately the same ages as my kids. The oldest girl, 20 years old, had just finished her finals, the youngest girl (19) is a singer, and the boy (17) is a musician. They very companionably moved over so I could sit down and we had such a nice chat. I felt really comfortable with them, so welcome, despite the difference in ages. The comfy, multi-generational atmosphere soothed my travel-weary spirit!
Here’s a photo of the second pub we visited, isn’t it delightful to look at?!
One of the pubs Dónal took us to had this amazing mosaic on the floor. One of the things I like best about traveling is being inspired by all sorts of things. I’m glad I’ve learned to look down!
We finished our evening with a wonderful plate of Irish stew and many hugs and thanks for Dónal and his friends… they made our introduction to Galway (and pubs) one of the highlights of our trip.