Eyre Square

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Eyre Square information

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Galway City , Ireland
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Galway's central public square is busy in all but the harshest weather. It's a welcome open green space with sculptures and pathways. Its lawns are formally named Kennedy Park in commemoration of JFK's visit to Galway, though you'll never hear locals refer to it as anything but Eyre Square.

The street running along the southwestern side of the square is pedestrianised and lined with seating, while the eastern side is taken up almost entirely by the Hotel Meyrick, an elegant grey limestone pile restored to its Victorian glory. Guarding the upper side of the square, Browne's Doorway (1627), a classy, if forlorn, fragment from the home of one of the city's merchant rulers, looks like the remains from a carpet-bombing raid (at least the English can't be blamed for this…).