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Fun and interesting walking tours of Galway City with history and characters from Galway's interesting past

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Brian Nolan

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  • Literary Tours

  • Pub Tours

  • Step-On Tour Guide

  • Fireside Tours

  • School Tours - Norman Tours




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Galway - ‘The City of the Tribes’


The western-most city in Ireland, has been welcoming strangers for over a thousand years. Galway City, or Cathair na Gaillimhe in Gaelic, means 'stony river', but is often mis-translated as the ‘place of the strangers’. 'Strangers', an old Irish proverb says, 'are friends you haven't met yet! Here in Galway, we call them 'tourists'. Today, Galway is one of the most popular destinations in Ireland for tourists who love this vibrant, thriving city with its rich and diverse cultural, historic, artistic and musical heritage.


The old city of Galway comprises less than 50 acres and is perfect for exploring on foot. Join Brian Nolan as he wanders the streets of Galway recounting tales of war and conquest, joy and tragedy, emigration and slavery, success and folly. Walk in the footsteps of Saint Brendan, Christopher Columbus, Robert Emmet, Daniel O’Connell, W. B. yeats, Padraig Pearse, James Joyce, John Wayne, John Huston, J.F.Kennedy and many, many others who have strolled the cobble-stoned streets of Galway.


A tourism professional, with a background in Tourism and Travel in Ireland and the USA. Brian has been helping visitors to Ireland enjoy their stay in Galway for over 20 years and has helped them understand their past and appreciate the Ireland of today through his compelling stories from Galway’s past. Brian has delivered tours for groups from all over the world, engaging them with a mix of wit and wisdom, and a little Irish Blarney. 


Brian guides groups almost every day, morning, evening, or even at night, all year round. He combines a quick wit, a vivid imagination and a great interest in history to paint a picture of Galway in every age.


'It's not about the city, it's about the people who lived and died here, lived, loved and laughed, it's their stories I love to tell'. Brian Nolan


“We really loved Brian's 'Galways Horrible Histories' walking tour. Our Dad had warned us about Brian. He amazed us with his knowlege and his stories...some of them pretty tall'' The Kling sisters, CT USA.


Favourite Quote;"I bring to you today the greetings of the people of Galway, New York; Dublin, New Hampshire; the people of Killarney, West Virginia; Kilkenny, Minnesota; the people of Limerick, Maine; and the people of Shamrock, Texas." JFK's speech in Galway, June 1963.


I really enjoyed putting together a 'once off' James Joyce tour of the city for a visiting American 'Literary Group' on Bloomsday last year. The hour-long visit to Nora Barnacle's house was the best part.

Galway Walking Tours - My Favourite Quote;  "I bring to you today the greetings of the people of Galway, New York; Dublin, New Hampshire; the people of Killarney, West Virginia; Kilkenny, Minnesota; the people of Limerick, Maine; and the people of Shamrock, Texas."  JFK's speech in Galway, June 1963


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