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Dearbhaill Standún and her husband own and operate a restored 17th-century “hill village,” Cnoc Suain, just a short drive from Galway city on Ireland’s west coast. Though the Gaelic speaker and musician loves her rural retreat in the ruggedly beautiful Connemara district, she cherishes her time in this “friendly festival city by the Bay.” Here are a few of her favorite things to see and do in Cathair na Gaillimhe (that’s Irish Gaelic for Galway).

Céad míle fáilte, Ireland’s oft-repeated blessing, means “a hundred thousand welcomes.” That promise of hospitality has rung true wherever I’ve traveled in the Emerald Isle, but I’ve never felt more welcome than I did in Galway. And nothing embodies that spirit quite like Frank Maher of the Petra House Bed & Breakfast. Here are a few of Frank’s favorite things about his hometown.