19th Annual Colloquium of the International Geographical Union Commission, August 1-7, 2011
Accompanying Delegate Program

Welcome to NUI Galway and we hope you will enjoy your stay.  The following is your itinenary for the week in Galway.

Tuesday, August 2nd:  Trip to Aran Islands
Located off the West Coast of Ireland at the mouth of Galway Bay, approximately 22 miles west of Galway City the Aran Islands are renowned worldwide as the jewels in the crown of Galway Bay.  You will be visiting Inis Mór - (meaning big island) and as its name suggests is the biggest of the 3 Aran Islands. Lying in a North - Westerly direction across Galway Bay Inis Mór is approximately 12km in length and 3km in width. Its principle port and village is Kilronan ( Cill Rónáin ) and it is here that most visitors are first introduced to the island. Kilronan has seen a lot of development in the past 10 years and is a lively village with many of today’s' modern conveniences, comfortably co-existing with traditional practices and culture.  The sailing time to Inis Mór is 40 minutes.

Where to go:  Please go to Victoria Place just off Eyre Square (see map of Galway City under ‘Final Details’ page).  Dr. Stephen Galvin, School of Geography will meet with you at the Aran Ferries office at 09.15 and a coach will take you to the ferry, departing at 09.30.  You will be back in Galway at approximately 19.00 to join the rest of the group for the welcome reception at NUI Galway.
 
Wednesday 3rd August: Walking tour of Galway and a visit to the city Museum.
A postgraduate student (Dubheasa Kelly) will meet you at the Harbour hotel at 09:30 and bring you to the university for lunch before the afternoon fieldtrip – see main programme.

Thursday, 4th August:  Fieldtrip to south County Galway and the Burren, County Clare – see main programme for details.

Friday, 5th August:  Fieldtrip to Joyce Country, west Galway and Clew Bay, County Mayo – see main programme for details.
 
Saturday 6th August: Enjoy a free morning to do as you wish in Galway. There is a market in the centre of the city in the morning that sells food and crafts. Lunch in the university on Saturday is included in the fee that you paid.