Welcome to Galway!


The New Zealand Herald listed Galway as one of 'five great cities to visit in 2014'.

The City of Galway is in the West of Ireland, and the province of Connacht. Galway lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay and is surrounded by County Galway.

The city takes its name from the river Gaillimh (River Corrib) that formed the western boundary of the earliest settlement, which was called Dún Bhun na Gaillimhe ("Fort at the mouth of the Gaillimh"). In common with many ancient cities, Galway has its own origin myth. According to this mythic version, Galway is named after Gaillimh (Galvia), the daughter of a local chieftain, Breasail, who drowned in the River Corrib. The surrounding area became known as Áit Gaillimhe (Galway's Place).

Galway is known as Ireland's Cultural Heartnd is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals, celebrations and events. Every July, Galway hosts the Galway Arts Festival which is known for its famous Macnas parade.

In 2004, there were three dance organisations, ten festival companies, two film organisations, two Irish language organisations, 23 musical organisations, twelve theatre companies, two visual arts groups, and four writers' groups based in the city.

In 2007, Galway was named as one of the eight "sexiest cities" in the world. A 2008 poll ranked Galway as the 42nd best tourist destination in the world, or 14th in Europe and 2nd in Ireland. It was ranked ahead of all European capitals except Edinburgh, and many traditional tourist destinations (such as Venice).

Accommodation Partner

We have arranged preferential rates and we are holding rooms in the Harbour Hotel which is in the heart of the city and right at the centre of the sailing action.

The Harbour Hotel is one of Galway city centre’s leading hotels, located right beside the historic Galway harbour, only 10 minutes walk from NUI Galway and just 3 minutes from Eyre Square and Quay Street. Recently refurbished offering a modern and contemporary feel we also include free, Hi-Speed Wi-Fi and on-site parking. The Harbour Hotel is a great place for both our leisure and our corporate guests. Complimentary use of our Fitness suite is also included. The hotel is family owned and the staff are an absolute pleasure. Whilst attending the conference, you can easily enjoy all that Galway has to offer when choosing to stay with us.

For further information, please visit the hotel's web site.

Agreed Hotel Rates
Sunday 7th September – Thursday 11th September 2014 inclusive
Single Room €89 (including breakfast)
Double/Twin Room €99 (including breakfast)

To book: Please email Tara Hetherton on stay@harbour.ie quoting reference World Robotic Sailing Championships / Conference September 2014

Here are some links to help you get the most from your visit

The IRSC conference will take place at NUI Galway which is close to the city centre. The WRSC sailing events will be based around Galway docks. If you do not have your own transport, staying near the docks area will give you easy access to the WRSC event centre, as well as a short walk to the Latin Quarter which is a lively area in the city centre.

The following hotels are near the docks area: