My hometown: The best places to visit in Galway

Entrepreneur and artist Rachel Dubber reveals the best places to go in her hometown Galway.

  • Galway Cathedral

  • Rachel Dubber

  • Quay Street from Tig Neachtains

  • Long Walk Galway

With an Honours Degree in Fine Art Rachel Dubber established her art business three years ago selling animal portraits, cards, and producing commissions. She has exhibited globally and has artworks in public and private collections. Her designs are fuelled by her childhood memories of life in rural Ireland and her passion for animals, and the essence of her creations are an emotive response to the surrounding landscape.

Rachel creates high quality contemporary artworks and designs with deep-rooted connections to our heritage, Irish environment and native animals, with the hope that each design will evoke feelings and memories to engage the viewers connecting them to a specific moment in time.

Best place in your hometown…

To have a coffee & cake: I love coffee and I have a few places that I go; Corrib House Tea Rooms, the coffee, view and cake are second to none. Tigh Neachtains on a Saturday morning to watch the crowds shopping and Bar Italia Ciarlantini has the best coffee in Galway by far!

To go for a meal: I love sushi so for me it would have to be Papa Rich in Newtownsmith, located right beside the Corrib River with views of the Salmon Weir, the food and service are excellent. When I want a special treat and to people watch it would be The Quay Street Kitchen, excellent food and service.

To buy something special for someone else: I usually try to buy something unique and locally made, so when buying handmade gifts and crafts I go to Standuns in Spiddal or Treasure Chest in town.

To buy something special for yourself: I don’t really buy special things for myself, I do love to buy pencils and may have too many.

To get back to nature: A walk in Merlin Park Woods replenishes mind, body and soul after the hustle and bustle of town or work, it is such a valuable amenity on our doorstep. When I want to immerse in nature I go to Connemara, it is here I find myself at my happiest and it provides all that I require for my art and inspiration.

To discover hidden gems: I love to travel and I have been very lucky to experience lots of different cultures and countries, but there is no place like home. Connemara is without a doubt the place to go, take any road and you will discover or see something you haven’t seen or noticed before.

To feel like a local: Shop Street and St. Nicolas’s Market is a great place for meeting fellow Galwegians, especially on a Saturday.

To be a tourist: Quay Street and Mainguard Street has a brilliant tourist vibe.

To hear some tunes: Tig Choili for trad sessions, Monroe's for a mix, but I prefer the impromptu music sessions in Tigh Neachtains is still a traditional pub and there isn't a television to be seen in the place, a real locals haunt with writers, artists and musicians all under the one roof.

To have a cocktail: I don’t drink cocktails, but I have been told the best place is the g Hotel.

To be pampered: My idea of pampering is horse riding. I would head to Coopers Hill Livery or to Connemara Equestrian to escape life and be pampered.

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