After Mullingar, I was off to Galway on the west coast of Ireland for 3 nights. I arrived late in the afternoon, so settled into my accommodation and prepared for a full day of exploring. I spent the next day visiting the city museum and strolling through the pedestrian centre of town. Although a pretty sizeable city, Galway felt like a tiny village. Right by the sea, with the St Patrick’s Day bunting strung between shops in the pedestrian alleys. There were lots of shops selling claddagh rings, a special Irish ring originally designed in Galway. I went into one jeweller and struck up a conversation with the lady at the counter, it turns out the claddagh ring I bought at a market in Edinburgh last summer was made by her! I finished the evening with a walk along the waterfront, down by the docks. It was refreshing being near the sea, something I miss about living in Wellington.