Light rail for a medieval model city

11 November 2008  •  Author(s): Brendan Holland, Chairman, GLUAS

Galway is an old medieval city out on the west coast of Ireland and Europe. It is a city designated as a Gateway City in the national spatial strategy with a population of 75,000 and a hinter population of 345,100 – which is expected to grow to 488,000 by the year 2020.

Galway has been a University City for the last 150 years, which has contributed to the city development in no short measure, and it is an industrial city with a major tourist industry. Galway is the Capital of the Gaeltach (Irish speaking area) with a bohemian culture and home to the world famous Galway Arts festival. If that’s not enough, every year on 5 August, the biggest horse racing meeting in the world attracts thousands to the city.

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