I am presently in Galway where the city is buzzing with all of the celebrations centered around the Volvo "Around the World" yacht race. The race finished in Galway last Monday where thousands of people greeted the boats as completed their fantastic journey around the globe. The French boat won the overall competetion but the final leg was won by the New Zealand entry. The celebations have been going on all through the week with non stop entertainment every day and night. The dock and surrounding areas are all closed off so that people have the freedom to enjoy the music and food and funfair entertainment and today the boats will be racing around Galway Bay and entertaining the thousands of people who will throng the promenade in Salthill. Galway has once again shown people how the Irish can celebrate and everybody involved has been more than impressed.
There is no doubt that they will be back again.
Below: The green fields of Ireland do have other colours to embellish them.
The famous Spanish Arch, a gateway in the old wall which surrounded Galway City. The river Corrib protects the city on the Western side and eventhough it runs just beside the Spanish Arch it is not visible in this photo.
In this photo you can see the River Corrib and the memorial to Christopher Columbus who sailed into Galway before setting out on the final leg of his journey to discover the New World.
If you are planning to come to Ireland anytime in the future and you would like to talk to me about it just drop me a line.