|Location Map ( geo)|
|Eyre Square, Galway|
|Forward Destination on|
|M6, N6, N17, N18|
|Next Primary Destinations|
|Athlone • Ennis • Tuam|
|Other Nearby Primary Destinations|
Galway is a city on the western coast of Ireland, and one of the most important transport hubs in the country, as it links Dublin, the Atlantic Corridor medley of roads from Cork to Derry, and the main roads to the Gaeltacht areas of County Galway and County Mayo to the west. The N6 is the main road around the city itself, while the R336 also acts as an inner ring road.
Since 2009, Galway has been directly linked to Dublin almost entirely by motorway: a key demonstration of the progress the country has made towards equipping itself with a modern transport network. The M18 links the city to Limerick and southwest Ireland, though this is not yet complete, though work on the motorway north of Gort is now in progress. The motorway will eventually connect with the main road north from Galway, the N17, removing traffic from the suburbs. The N59, providing the main route to western County Galway and to Mayo, runs from a junction with the N6 in Newcastle, northwest of the city centre.
|Tuam, Sligo||For N63 Roscommon|
|Tarbert||Partly former N18|
|Salthill, An Spidéal||Coast Road|
Names / ainmneacha
The City of Galway is not itself in the Gaeltacht, though immediately surrounded by it on several sides. In consequence, directional signs within the city may include the English versions of the names of places that officially have Irish-language names only.
This provision has proven to be controversial, however, in particular with regard to the nearby village of An Spidéal on the north coast of Galway Bay, and signs on the R336 bearing the anglicized Spiddle have not infrequently been defaced or stolen. Increasingly, therefore, it is the Irish version only of Gaeltacht names that is shown on signs even within the city itself.