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GETTING THERE: West Ireland’s largest city

Galway is the largest urban centre on the western seaboard of Ireland, Europe, home to many multinational companies that use Galway as a hub for establishing global networks.

Galway’s population is c.360,000 within a 60km radius of the city. There are two main colleges with a combined student population of over 22,500 from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).

WHY IRELAND: we’re the gateway to Europe

Galway has excellent travel connections. It is well connected to all of the Country. Road access is provided by the M18 to Limerick, which is located 104 km south of the city and the M6 to Dublin which is 219 km to the east.

Galway City is located less than an hour’s drive from two international airports. One of these, Shannon to the south, also has the added advantage of US Immigration clearance thus facilitating access for passengers travelling on flights to the USA. Shannon also offers a choice of direct flights to North America, UK and Europe.


Population Growth in 5 Years


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Five International Airports


Population forecasted to grow to 5.75 million by 2040


1/3 population under 25 years


Ireland Ranks 1st Globally for Attracting international talent


Ireland Ranks 1st Globally for Attracting international talent


Total Students Enrolled


Michelin starred restaurants

WHY GALWAY: West Ireland’s Largest City

Ireland West Airport, to the north, is also an hour’s drive away and it offers flights to the UK and Europe. Dublin Airport, with further direct flights to the Middle East, Europe, UK and North America, is two hours’ motorway drive to the east.

Rail services link the city directly to Ireland’s capital of Dublin as well as to Limerick City and towns within the Galway catchment such as Athenry, Oranmore, Ballinasloe, Gort, Athlone and Ennis.

The Irish Government plans to invest substantially on the upgrading of the road network which will further reduce commuting times between the city and other towns in Galway.



Awarded best micro city in Europe

GALWAY: one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Ireland

A highly-educated and creative workforce

Galway is built on education and connectivity. A university city, it ranks second highest in Ireland for both the proportion of graduates and the proportion of PhDs in its population.

When it comes to university admissions, 6 of Galway’s 282 schools rank in the top 50 in Ireland.