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Galway Cathedral

See a fascinating mosaic of John F. Kennedy in a modern church he visited in Ireland. Admire its rose window and artworks.

The green dome of Galway Cathedral is the most iconic sight in the city. The impressive building is fairly modern and was constructed and dedicated in the mid-1900s. Admire the fusion of architectural styles in the pillars, dome and façade of this gray-and-green building.

Arrive at this picturesque part of the city between the waterways of the River Corrib and Eglington Canal. Snap photos of the imposing building and note the Renaissance influences in its pillars and dome. The water and a row of trees serve as a scenic backdrop. Admire the use of light green for the roofs, mixing well with the gray exterior walls.

Enter through the main door to find yourself in the ornate nave. Note the stunning colors of the rose window above the organ. Marvel at the spectacular mosaic of Christ on the cross.

The pale green color scheme continues with the marble on the underside of the arcades. Examine the bright stained-glass windows and sculptures that decorate the internal walls.

Discover works of art in the corners of this church. The Chapel of the Resurrection has a fascinating mosaic of John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president of the United States. The artwork reflects the popularity the former president achieved in Ireland.

Learn about the intriguing details of the church, which was built on the site of the former city jail. Architect John J. Robinson designed the church as well as many other religious structures around the country. The full name of the complex is the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas.

Enter the church as a visitor for free and consider leaving a donation. It is generally open daily from morning until early evening. Parking is available, for a fee, in the lot in the complex’s grounds. Note that it is free on Sundays.

Galway Cathedral is on the western flank of the River Corrib in the northwestern part of the city center. The National University of Ireland is nearby. Take a bus to the stop on the northern side of the church or walk from Eyre Square in 10 minutes.


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Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway $109
Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

Sandy Road, Galway, Galway
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galway Shopping Center, Eyre Square, and Galway Cathedral. National University of Ireland-Galway and University Hospital Galway are also within 2 mi (3 km). Galway Station is 22 minutes by foot.

    Jurys Inn Galway $114
    Jurys Inn Galway

    Jurys Inn Galway

    Quay Street, Galway, Galway
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Galway City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galway City Museum and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and University Hospital Galway are also within 15 minutes. Galway Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      The Hardiman $140
      The Hardiman

      The Hardiman

      Eyre Square, Galway
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Galway, this family-friendly hotel is steps from The Fountain and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and National University of Ireland-Galway are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galway Station is only a 2-minute walk.

        The Connacht Hotel $89
        The Connacht Hotel

        The Connacht Hotel

        Dublin Road, Galway, Galway
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Galway hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre, Royal Tara China Visitor Center, and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km). Galway Station is 28 minutes by foot.

          Victoria Hotel $114
          Victoria Hotel

          Victoria Hotel

          Queen Street, Eyre Square, Galway
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral. National University of Ireland-Galway and University Hospital Galway are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galway Station is only a 4-minute walk.

            Imperial Hotel $83
            Imperial Hotel

            Imperial Hotel

            Eyre Square, Galway, Galway
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is steps from Galway Tours and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and National University of Ireland-Galway are also within 15 minutes. Galway Station is only a 4-minute walk.

              The Western Hotel $96
              The Western Hotel

              The Western Hotel

              33 Prospect Hill, Galway, Galway
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the center of Galway, this family-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galway Tours and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and National University of Ireland-Galway are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galway Station is 6 minutes by foot.

                Forster Court Hotel $97
                Forster Court Hotel

                Forster Court Hotel

                Forster Street, Galway, County Galway
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral. National University of Ireland-Galway and University Hospital Galway are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galway Station is only a 4-minute walk.