Eyre Square (‘An Fhaiche Mhór’ in Irish) in the heart of Galway City is rich in history dating back to medieval times when markets took place on the green in front of the town gates. In the 2000s Eyre Square was completely re-landscaped, becoming a modern plaza. Today’s square features a number of ornate fixtures such as a bronze cast of a statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire, one of Ireland’s foremost Irish-language writers, and a bust of John F. Kennedy who had the freedom of Galway.
The 14 Tribes of Galway are also represented with flags bearing the family colours. The Eyre Square Centre on the south border of the square is Galway’s prime shopping centre, with more than 70 high street chains and eateries.