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Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick

An ancient place, Croagh Patrick has long been a place of pilgrimage and discovery - no wonder it has inspired so many myths and legends! Archaeological evidence suggests settlement on this cone-shaped mountain as far back as 3000BC. It is said in the 6th century St. Patrick (Ireland's patron saint) undertook a 40 day Lenten pilgrimage of penance here. (It is also the mountain from which he allegedly chased the snakes out of Ireland!) For this reason the mountain is the site of many pilgrimages, as well as "Reek Day", a ceremonial day in July. Ideal for hiking, one can enjoy stunning views of Clew Bay, and borrow climbing sticks from the Visitor Centre if needed. The mountain is 5 minutes from the town of Westport and also a day-trip possibility for those based in Galway.
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James Mitchell Geology Museum

James Mitchell Geology Museum

Often called "Galway's hidden museum", this unique centre is located in the south-east wing of the "Quadrangle" - the iconic central feature of NUI Galway's Hogwarts-esque campus. The museum houses over 1725 mineral and 1587 rock specimens. Palaeontology enthusiasts will admire the collection of invertebrate fossils, as well as dinosaur bones. Rare exhibits vary, with some focusing on the West of Ireland's unique geology, and others from Asia, Africa and America.
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