A European Capital of Culture 2020, diverse Galway and its surrounding countryside offers Gaelic culture and hospitality. When you're ready for a city break, don't overlook this colourful Irish gem...
Walking with me through Galway city's Eyre Square, my guide Liam SiIke made a beeline for the John F Kennedy memorial. The stone plinth with a bronze bas-relief of the US president marks the spot from which he addressed a star-struck crowd in June 1963.
"I was there!" cried Liam (he is also the town crier). "It was the moment when people of Irish descent all over the world saw that coming home to visit was an option. TV was a new thing and watching the most famous Irish-American return to his roots had a big effect on the diaspora."
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