Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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Galway has a smaller population than Limerick and is dwarved economically by Limerick. Limerick and Cork have “grand” centres; i.e. tallish building and wide “city” streets while Galway is a small country town now hidden by a sprawl of roundabouts, suburban housing estates and shopping centres.
Galway is a real disapointment. I used to love visiting it back when it had a sort of hayday in the late 80s/early 90s. For years, I’d recommend it to anyone visiting Ireland or contemplating a visit and used to spend time there myself at every opportunity. Slowly over the last 10 years I’ve started to realise that just like Limerick suffers somewhat unjustly from its bad reputation (another city I visit often), Galway has been benefitting from an unreasonably positive reputation for years. Besides the planning issues, it’s turned into a town with serious anti-social problems because of its “Temple Bar” like atmosphere and little to recommend for it during the day besides a small area between Eyre Sq and Bridge St./Mill St. Admittedly, I’m probably overcompensating by being negative because of my earlier enthusiasm for the place. For me, Limerick is a far more interesting place than Galway.