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'Galway is good for you' - my short city break was a pick-me-up in our pandemic

2020 was supposed to be all about Ireland's European Capital of Culture... so how has the vibrant city of Galway fared in a year like no other?

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'Mirror Pavilion' , part of the Galway International Arts Festival 2020

'Mirror Pavilion' , part of the Galway International Arts Festival 2020

A busker in Galway. Photo: DineinGalway.ie

A busker in Galway. Photo: DineinGalway.ie

Salthill, Co Galway. Photo: Boyd Challenger

Salthill, Co Galway. Photo: Boyd Challenger

A view across Galway Bay

A view across Galway Bay

Wildlands.ie

Wildlands.ie

Galway boat tours

Galway boat tours

Sheena Dignam and Gosia Letowska of Galway Food Tours

Sheena Dignam and Gosia Letowska of Galway Food Tours

Aran Island Ferries

Aran Island Ferries

A morning view of fishing boats in Galway dock. Photo: Deposit

A morning view of fishing boats in Galway dock. Photo: Deposit

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'Mirror Pavilion' , part of the Galway International Arts Festival 2020

I'm nervous. It's my first time visiting Galway City since lockdown and, parking up near the docks, I don't know what to expect.

Will the city still have its sizzle? Or will I find a ghost town? Will I respect its resilience, but feel sad because it just isn't the same?


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