The famous Irish diaspora: millions of people have left these shores over the past four centuries, fleeing occupation, famine, or simply out of economic necessity. Today, their descendants number in tens of millions in Britain, France, Austria, Spain, the rest of continental Europe and America. And today, in better times, you might find yourself back here, in search of your roots. If you've got Irish blood in you, chances are that somewhere along the family tree is a branch that sprouted leaves in Galway. If not, then just by talking to the locals, you'll get a sense of what it must have been like to leave home in search of a new world across the Atlantic.
The Galway Family History Society in the west, or the Woodford East Galway Family Society can help you with enquiries. But to those who left, never to return, the world owes a debt of gratitude, wherever Irish people contributed to the burgeoning nations of the late nineteenth century. Their stories are a part of all of us.
Discover Connemara, a beautifully scenic region just north of Galway City with Lally Tours. This tour includes stops at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, Leenane Village, Killary Fjord and the village of An Spidéal overlooking Galway Bay.
Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Day Tour
The unmissable Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour with Lally Tours includes up to 2 hours at the cliffs and includes stops at the lunar-like Burren region, Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre and the charming village of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Cliffs of Moher Express Bus
A Non-Stop Express Shuttle Service to the Cliffs of Moher with Lally Tours. Experience Ireland’s natural, mysterious, 214m (702 ft) high cliffs and interactive visitor centre. You’ll have 2 full hours to explore on your own before heading back to Galway.
Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Explore Galway with one of Lally Tours' friendly guides to learn about this colourful city and see it from the best vantage point: an open top bus! You’ll see everything from medieval walls in the city centre to the sandy beaches of Salthill. Hop on and off as much as you’d like and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.