Woodquay; where tradition meets modern

The Hole in the Wall Pub, Eyre Street. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

The Hole in the Wall Pub, Eyre Street. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

With the news that level five restrictions have been eased to level three for the month of December, the Christmas rush will now begin. The city has been feeling very festive for the past couple of weeks with the Christmas lights adorning the rooftops of buildings and lampposts and local businesses utilising the enforced free time of lockdown by decorating their shops with yuletide spirit.

Galway is beautiful at this time of year but one area which will be really making its mark this week is Woodquay. The 'little village' just off Eyre Square will be switching on the lights this evening to its superb Christmas tree which majestically stands in the middle of the area; a perfect pic for the Instagram.

But the tree is not the only attraction to the area. Woodquay and its surrounding streets such as Eyre Street and Walsh's Terrace have a vast range of businesses which incorporates Galway's traditional being with its modern vision and can keep the avid customer busy all day. Have your hair cut at Grafton Barbers, Ace Barbers, or Woodquay Hair Salon; be styled at one of the various boutiques like Eli & Dahl and Joe Greene's Menswear; take a break and relax with Ciarlantini Italian Café or Woodquay Thai Massage; refuel with a delicious meal at Papa Rich or McSwiggans; or party the night away at The Hole in the Wall, Caribou, and McGinn's Hop House; the choice really is endless.

While Woodquay is well known for its enjoyable and entertaining delights, the area also offers a number of practical services like Hughes Opticians, Chat & Net, Conboy Electrical, Quay Dental, and Faherty's Paint & Wallpapers, so it really is a perfect spot to get all your business done and then to relax with family and friends.


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