Feb 17 2013

Come to Galway … Hotel Meyrick has a room for you.

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Hotel Meyrick

Eyre Square,

Galway

Tel : +353 (0) 91564041

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotelMeyrick

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeyrickHotel

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Sitting at the bottom of Eyre square, Hotel Meyrick has graced us with her stately presence since 1852. Her doors flung open wide inviting guests to eat, sleep and play, in (what we consider) one of Galway’s most welcoming hotels.

Originally constructed with Galway’s train station, Hotel Meyrick is built using Ashlar Limestone, exactly the same as the Galway Cathedral. Statuesque and filled with more than a century of stories, it is one of Galway’s gorgeous gems.

2011 JuniorSuite

 

A quiet spot in town to study, where the wifi and tea flows freely, is not always easy to find. Although the library on campus at NUIG and in town offer quiet places of respite for students, sometimes it is the white noise and clatter of forks and spoons that aid in my choices of where to spend a few hours writing, reading or dreaming.

 

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Taking a small step back in time and treating your Mum to brunch or afternoon tea at Hotel Meyrick would be considered a lovely gift for Mother’s Day (March 10th 2013 in Ireland).

But the greatest gift of all would be a few nights stay here in Galway over the Easter break (March 29th-30th 2013) and that is what Hotel Meyrick has (most) generously given us to share with our readers!

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Two nights bed & breakfast plus dinner in their award wining Oyster Grill on one of those evenings. All this … for Easter weekend which falls on the same weekend as the second annual Galway Food Food festival.

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So jump in … enter the giveaway and start planning your Easter break in Galway!

When in Galway – if you are looking for a place to eat supper on the second night of your stay I would put this place on your list for dinner and go here for brunch on Sunday. I would also make sure you stop in here to and donate a few shillings to their cause because they are doing tremendous work here in Galway helping people in need and are dependant on private donations to keep food in their bellies of those that are hungry.

All you have to do is leave a comment here on the blog letting us know why you want to come to Galway?

The winner will be chosen at random on my birthday (Saturday 23rd February) so you will have PLENTY of time to plan your Easter break. I can’t wait to see who wins this one and hope it is someone I know!! My last class (of four long years of college) is March 27th … so I expect to be in a deliriously happy mood that particular weekend!

Special thanks to Hotel Meyrick for this excellent giveaway! Pop over to their Facebook page to keep up to date on all their special deals – especially during the food festival and race week in Galway. Special thanks also to my blogging buddy Anne Marie Carroll of Warm, Snug & Fat food blog for the food festival photos and of her gorgeous children.

 

Those are all the WiseWords I have for today,

WiseMóna

And the WINNER is …….

 

 

 

 

 

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  • What a great prize. I would love to come back to Galway to visit some old friends (whom I don’t see often enough) and, to visit the Galway Food Festival of course. Sounds like a wonderful week-end :)

    • Colette,
      I would love to see you in Galway!
      The Galway food festival was a lot of fun last year so I am expecting it to be even better
      this year. Thanks for entering in the giveaway!

    • Hi,dont mean to shout but WOULD LOVE THIS…and my little 3yr old boy would love it too!

      • A little early for the shouting but I totally get your point :0)
        Your name is in the hat for a win. Good luck!

  • Oh what an amazing giveaway! Just what I need! Feeling a bit overwhelmed with life and work!!

    • I hear ya Peggy – I am feeling the same way myself.
      The kids are just after finishing their small mid-term break and I am already looking forward to the Easter break!
      I hope you get to come to Galway this summer for a little get-a-way. It is a great City to relax and unwind in for sure. xx

  • Hi Mona

    I would love to come to Galway because it is my (and my girls’) favourite city in Ireland. We don’t get there often enough because we don’t have friends there and it’s hard to justify a day or two of indulgence ‘just for ourselves’.

    We love Galway because it is so steeped in history, there are great little shops and people are so extremely friendly. Plus, speaking Irish doesn’t get you a funny look. In fact, people will (generally) answer you back in Irish, too! It’s a great way to show my girls that Irish is not just for books – it’s a living, breathing, spoken language, too.

    I’d love to win a stay in Meyrick for these – and many other reasons.

    Hazel

    • Hi Hazel,
      Thanks for such a glowing endorsement of Galway – I could not have said it better myself and
      you are right about the Irish … it is lovely to hear it in full chat in the shops and on the streets.
      Best of luck to you for a win then!
      Móna

  • I haven’t been to Galway in years and I mean pre ’88 pre children years, actually further back again, pre ’82, pre wedding years. This brings back fun memories of my last visit. Imagine 2 teenagers, us, camping our way around Ireland, living on, do you remember those curry tin meals and other equally awful stuff? By the time we hit the Cliffs of Moher we were very hungry & imagining a hot meal somewhere, thinking of heading home to our respective families and getting fed. We were cold too as it was February! There we met a French family in distress, there was some problem with their hired car and they were also lost. My, now husband, sorted out their problem and we got them to follow us to Galway, they were so thankful they invited us for coffee which we gladly accepted, coffee turned into a meal and an afternoon spent learning how to appreciate wine. A terrific memory, must ask himself is he remembers. Thanks Móna for the fab prize and I would dearly love to return and enjoy the Galway Food Festival and a hotel bed!!!

    • Aw … WHAT a fabulous story Siobhán!
      I love how the kindness of strangers is repaid in food and wine.
      If you come back to Galway soon there is a fabulous pizza restaurant named Joe’s cafe in Lahinch, near the Cliffs of Moher.
      It is just a gorgeous place to visit. Oh – and I am CERTAIN you would love the Meyrick hotel.
      Top class place it is .. thanks for the lovely comment on the pottery blog post too. I love being ‘lost in the clay’ too xxx

  • What stunning children they are :)

    • Yes – they are gorgeous – from fine stock I’d say xx

  • Mona, I would love to go to Galway to visit the places you mention, it’s been far too long since my last trip! Years in fact. And I would absolutely love a break from the mundane and to spend a weekend sipping tea and reading the papers. Bliss!

    Hope you have a lovely birthday!

    Adrienne x

    • Hi there Adrienne!

      I know … sometimes a nice little getaway does the body and soul a world of good.
      Galway is great for relaxing and the Meyrick has a lot of nooks and crannies to cozy up in and
      lay low. If you win we will have to drag @Biscuits4aBear in for tea too and make a right Tweet up out of it!

  • Cúpla Focal!!

    Ba bhrea liom é
    Deireadh seachtaine sa Meyricki nGaillimhe.

    Ní féidir an baile seo a sharú
    Bia blasta, Ceol Casta, tá an ait seo snasta!

    Stair ‘s traidisiún, pictiúrtha ‘s fáilteach
    Sí Gaillimhe an baile, atá domsa, tarraingteach!!

    • I am sure you are deserving of a weekend in Galway and you are right – the history, the music, the food – all make Galway
      my favourite place to be!

      Go raibh mile maith agat x

  • If I didn’t have to live in Meath Galway would be my home! Love Galway – it is so vibrant and there is always something to do, see or experience. Would love to go that weekend to tick a few places of the list that I am constantly adding to after reading your reviews and I would adore to go to the Galway Food Festival which would top it all off. Sounds like it would be a fab weekend.

    • Kat – the food Festival is fabulous.
      Having it over Easter weekend is a great idea too – because there is s nice long stretch in the days already and
      an extra bank holiday Monday makes it even sweeter! Good luck x

  • Both Tony and are exhausted at the moment as trying to get a business off the ground. The exhaustion is being needlessly caused by other people so huge delays to the project as a result. We are exhausted from the constant hassle and chasing. Reading your post made me realise that we haven’t been to Galway for years. It was our favourite getaway when we first got married. More importantly the white noise balance won me over as I know what it’s like to find a treasure trove like that to lose myself in. I can imagine sipping green tea by that glowing fire, finally relaxing and getting myself back in the frame of mind to enjoy the launch of our product I’ve been wanting to bring out for the last 2 years.

    • Hi Marian,

      I cannot wait to see this new product/venture of yours once launched.
      I know it can be hard getting a project up and running especially when your hands are tied.
      Thinking of you both xx Móna

      • Móna thanks so much. I’ve talked about it so much that when it comes out everyone might say is this it!
        We’re getting tired of delays but hoping it just means it’ll be worth the wait!!!!!

        • I am sure it will be WELL WORTH the wait Marian x

  • I was reading through the post and saw the picture of the girls & thought they look very like Anne-Marie’s gorgeous children! :-)

    What a brilliant prize.

    Hubby visits the city regularly bringing tourists and spends most of the time making sure the coach is safe so he rarely has a chance to wander which is a shame. Galway is the most beautiful city and we’ve never had a chance to enjoy it together. The food festival sounds fantastic.

    • Anne Marie does make gorgeous babies.
      You would both love wandering about the streets of Galway C.
      And we would finally be able to meet up and have a cuppa tea!
      Thanks for playing along ,…

  • I would love to go to Galway to experience all of the wonderful things that Galway has to offer and it would be a great treat for my husband and myself as it is our wedding anniversary on the 23rd March.

    • Ah … Happy (early) Anniversary!
      yes – spending a weekend in Galway would be a lovely way to celebrate.
      Best of luck to you!

  • Hi Mona, I wouldn’t be able to take up a prize at this lovely hotel (I’m in Australia) but just wanted to let you know that I love Galway and have great memories of attending the oyster festival ball at the Meyrick Hotel. I wrote about it on my blog: http://www.foodwinetravel.com.au Am now following your blog with great interest!

    • Hi Christine,
      THanks so much for the link to your blog.
      Glad you like Galway – and I will pop over to have a read of your blog now!
      Móna

  • Mona what a fantastic give away! Of course I want to come to Galway! First of all it would be a visual feast and I could wander around with my camera snapping the divil and all! Secondly I could visit all the lovely places that you recommend which always make me mad jealous. Thirdly I could bring himself and impress him with the wonderful world of blogging and making connections by introducing him to you and the chef!! Galway + Mona in the flesh…..put me in the hat there straight away!!

    • I love when I am sitting at my desk and an email pops up from you Catherine.
      You have the most beautiful spark of life about you and I would LOVE you to win this one because
      we would have so much fun – snapping away! And yes… I think he would be well impressed xx

  • Who wouldn’t want a trip to Galway? It’s been far too long since I’ve been :)

    • Hi Sharon,

      Yes – I agree … it is time for a trip to the lovely CIty in the West!
      Hope you are well Sharon xx

  • What a generous prize from the Hotel Meyrick ..Reading you newsletters and blogs I think Galway must be the gourmet capitol of Ireland and I so long to partake of some of the delights it offers :-) Of course there is also the attraction of its quaint and historic streets, the stunning beauty of its setting on the legendary Galway Bay..famed in song and story…I could go on if I had your powers of description Mona. Sadly I dont :-( but I would so love a trip to Galway ;-)

    • Sarah
      You are doing a lovely job yourself with your description of Galway.
      We are fortunate to have several excellent restaurants here in the City.
      Most of them Chef-Owned and that makes a massive difference to the food they share and
      the community spirit they conjure up for us locals. There is no place like home xx

      Good luck!

  • I planned my Easter off… This should be the right solution for my reportage of Foodie Galway for Italy :)

    • Well – seeing as you already have the time off – then it sounds like you should win this prize!
      Keep your fingers crossed then!

  • I haven’t visited the centre of Galway properly for years despite a few flying visits to visit you guys and for the blog awards back in 2010. Spent many a happy weekend there when Brian was finishing his BSc, and the chance of staying in a lovely hotel for 2 night would be fabuloussssssssssssssss :)

    • You know Lorna, this is how I felt when we went to Kilkenny last year for the food festival.
      We had driven through, in and around the city but had no idea how gorgeous and welcoming a city it was until we went
      for a little get-away. Best of luck xx

  • Would love to go back to Galway for a romantic weekend with my hubby to escape our 4 little darlings (you know what I mean). Have very fond memories of many weekends spent in Galway both as single & married gal!
    It was first place we went for weekend together when we went out first & that will be 19 years this St. Patrick’s day.
    How time flies!
    Great prize & great article, thanks for sharing.
    Hope your 4 are all well.
    E xxx

    • Ah .. our four are doing great – thanks for asking. They just had two days off for mid-term and felt it was ‘not enough’
      but were still happy as larry to don their uniforms on Monday :0)

      I have fond memories of being Single in Galway too! And yes – 19 years on Paddy’s Day is worth celebrating for sure.
      Marriage is not a word it is a sentence!
      Good Luck Elaine x

  • I would love to go to Galway, as a child we used to go to Salthill every summer for one day, that was our holiday, and we loved it!

    • Imagine … a one-day summer holiday.
      We used to go to the beach a lot as a child but last summer there were very few beach/sunny days so
      we ended up doing a lot of ‘woodland’ walks instead … just as memorable for the kids :0)
      Best of luck!

  • Galway a city of tribes
    Of Foodies of Artists and Scribes
    Much craic well be had
    And the pubs ain half bad
    It’s the locals that give it good vibes .

    • I.Love.The.POETIC. effort here Paul.
      GOOD LUCK to you for a win!

  • I’d love to return to the Meyrick – I stayed there a few years ago with friends and had such a great time in the hotel and in Galway city in general. To spend a few days there @ Easter would be idyllic!

    • Hi Maria,
      And we would love to have you come back to visit Galway too!
      best of luck to you for a win. Móna

  • Hi Mona,
    I’d love to win this prize! I love Galway but haven’t visited for a long time. I can’t think of a better time to go than when the food festival is on and a stay in this lovely hotel would be the icing on the cake!
    Rachel

    • Hi Rachel,

      The Easter weekend in Galway is the best – good luck!

  • I’d love the weekend stay in Galway as I would love to go back to the city where I went to college, meet old friends and soak in the fantastic atmosphere that you can only get in Galway! I always get a warm feeling inside when I visit and love walking around the city taking in its magical quirkiness!

    • Hi Roisin,
      It is a great city – and has plenty of that magic going for it.
      Good luck Roisin!

  • I would so love this prize to re visit Galway with my darling hubby, we spent our very frugal honeymoon there 19 yrs ago and have great memories of happy days there.. :) That place just seems to vibrate at a different rate to the rest of the country… Food would be top of my list this time though !!

    • Hi Catherine,
      Thanks a million for entering the competition.
      Galway is just as gorgeous as it was 19 years ago and has come A LONG way
      on the fab food front so good luck to you for a second honeymoon over Easter!

  • Probably I will come to Galway to spend my next vacation. Galway is the finest city in Ireland.

    • Hi Lily,
      I hope you do come to visit us soon and no better time than Easter break!
      Thanks for entering the competition.

  • Mona, you are so wise. Galway is always a special pleasure. The Meyrick Hotel absolutely charming. and all the special places to sample – the Kai Restaurant and McCambridges. And of course the Galway Good Food Festival —- sounds delicious. Of course, I would love to spend Easter in Galway, be wined and dined at The Meyrick – I am lost for words to describe how happy this prize would make me.!

    • Hi Ger,

      I know .. what is not to love about the City of the Tribes …
      Your name is in the hat for the getaway over Easter break. Good luck!

  • I would love to go to Galway its such a fun vibrant city to visit :)

    • Thanks Janet – your name is on the list!

  • Galway was the only place we ever got to holiday in as kids, it was a direct line from Tullamore on the train, nowadays I have a husband who isn’t from Ireland and 2 kids, would love to show off what Galway has to offer!

    • Hi karen – thanks for this.
      Galway is one of the best places to visit with a family in tow.
      Loads to see and do! Best of luck and thanks for entering the competition.

  • thats a great prize lov galway could do with a break for a weekend after all iv been through last year

    • Good luck Lisa – Galway does have great curing properties – a nice walk along the prom cures all that ails us.

  • just love love galway a colour full city where the streets are full of buskers playing and everyone has a smile on their face , always an amazing selection of entertainment for all ages goin on in galway and some fab restaraunts , and love taking a trip to salthill for a nice walk on the beach :) :) :)

    • Hi Lizzy
      We are a cheerful bunch here in Galway!
      Good luck!

  • i would so love to win this prize for my mam and dad as my mam was very sick all over the xmas and new years ended up in hospial for 4 weeks and could do with a nice break away :)

    • Hi there Samantha,
      My own Mum is a bit sick these days and I know what you mean.
      A few days of a break in the lap of luxury would be lovely for them :0)
      Good luck!

  • I would love to come to Galway because ive never been there before and it has some beautiful and spectacular scenery that i would love to see..

    • Hi Roberta – well if you win you are in for a real treat because Galway is gorgeous.
      Good luck!

  • Love Galway, the city and the beautiful countryside, The reason I’d love to go is because I always have a brilliant time there.

    • Hi Carmel,
      Thanks for playing along. Good luck for a win.
      Galway is mighty for the craic!

  • Would love to visit Galway again, haven’t been for a few years and it’s a beautiful part of the country.

    • Hi Ciara,
      Your name is in the hat. Good luck!

  • Anytime is a good time to spend in Galway, it’s such a great city.love to win it

    • You are right Anna… any time at all is a great time to come to Galway.
      Good luck!

  • Hi Mona,

    I would love to come visit Galway again, its most certainly one of my favourite cities in Ireland. I have just had a second baby and having plenty of sleepless nights, it would be the best therapy to win a trip to Galway as it’s defo the city to unwind in and relax in, defo feel I need a nice short break with the hubby for some him and me time. Would love the opportunity to win this, so here’s hoping!

    • Ah .. the sleep deprivation from having babies is well wroth a little break indeed.
      Best of luck to you for a win Rachel!

  • Love Galway and its been way too long since i’ve been up there

    • Then time to come back for a visit.
      The City of the Tribes awaits you Stephen and now your name is in the hat for two nights at Hotel Meyrick.

  • I would love to come to Galway again because in alot of ways it reminds me a bit of the village in New York. I’m originally from new york, so whenever i get to Galway, i don’t feel so far from home :) Plus my triplets love love love galway

    • What is not to love Michael!
      It is a wee bit smaller than New York but has plenty of the little nooks and crannies like NYC for sure.
      Best of luck for a win!

  • would love to win this prize as both my husband and i love Galway. I always came as a child on day tripson the train and has falling in love with the city

    • I think many people spent time traveling to and from Galway on school tours and train rides years ago.
      Good luck and thanks for entering the giveaway Kim.

  • Wow what a fab prize. feel kinda of quilty as im a galway girl living on galway but as with most we never stay in our own hotels.would love the chance to stay in one of the nicest and symbolic hotels in galway….what a treat that would be and near enough to my 6 kiddies if needed x a bit of me time :-)

    • Mary – I love this. I feel the same way.

      Sometimes I wander around and am delighted when I find a nice little nook to curl up in and hide away from the hustle and bustle of life.
      Best of luck to you for the win!

  • I class Galway as the San Francisco of Ireland. Anything goes, the people are all so friendly, the cobbles, the shops, the pubs, the cafe’s, the buskers, love it all. Especially love that I could sit in a pub in a ball gown having a drink, beside me could be a girl in a aran jumper and opposite me a guy in tracksuit. No-one would even glance or see this as strange because we are in good old Galway – anything is possible.

    • Ha ha – I love this one Sinead!
      Yes – except for not having the sunnier climes and the nearness to Napa … we are just like San Francisco!
      In Galway EVERYTHING is possible! Good luck!

  • Wow would love to bring the family to Galway Good Food Festival sounds yummy ,The hotel looks wow o wow and the break would be out of this world ,we could have a fab family Easter at The Meyrick Hotel ,pleaseeeee put my name in the hat for this fabbbbbbbb prize ,can just see the wife,s face light up if I told her we were off to galway for easter

    • Your name is in the hat Peter so good luck to you for a win.
      You would have a ball with the family over Easter Break especially at with the Galway Food Festival going on.

  • I would love to visit Galway and stay at the beautiful Meyrick Hotel as my hubby and I could do with a few restful nights (minus our 4 year old and 2 year old) before the arrival of our new baby in June!!

    • Wow – you are busy and sound like you need a rest .. even though I have to say (as we have 4 kids) it does get easier
      the more you have :0)
      Best of luck!

  • I’d love to come to Galway as there are so many places I haven’t seen that are on my Travel Wish List and Galway is top of the Staycation list! It would be a lovely break and I think I’d enjoy it whatever the weather. Plus I’d get to spend time with someone close to my heart.

    • I love ‘Staycations’ too Jane.
      Good luck and thanks for throwing your name in the hat!

  • Hi Mona

    I went to Galway for the 1st time during the summer last year, what a beautiful place, would love to go back and enjoy more of the wonderful “city of tribes” atmosphere and of course the food … Absolutely Love Food…

    • THanks Bebe
      I hope you get the chance to come back to Galway soon!

  • Absolutely love, love Galway – would really love to take my girls on a visit as they’ve never been ! Always a fantastic place to stay !!

    • Galway is a great place to live and have a little holiday in and I am sure your girls would love it!
      Good luck!

  • The Meyrick in Galway is the place to be,
    For a bustling Nightlife & Fresh air from the sea.
    You really can’t beat a walk ‘round Eyre Square,
    Oh how I’d love to spend my Easter there.

    Galway has a very special place in my heart..
    To see the West of Ireland it’s the best place to start..
    But If I were to win this superb prize from you..
    Then I think I’d avail of a lie-in or two.

    Then off to the Oyster Grill for a feed…
    My hubby and me, it’s just what we need.
    We’ll be 20 years married on the 15th of May,
    And though we love our kids more and more every day…

    It would be lovely to leave them with my mum..
    And head out on the town for some true Galway fun.
    So I’m crossing my fingers – my toes are crossed too..
    That I might win this fab prize from you..!! XX

    • Carol,

      What a gorgeous tribute to our beautiful city!
      Thank you so much for this little ditty and good luck!

  • I would love this prize. I love Galway it’s so romantic and your generous gift of hotel meyrick. If I don’t win have a fab birthday.

    • Ha ha – thanks Yvonne…
      Best of luck for a win. I hope to enjoy my birthday weekend immensely!

  • Would love to go back to Galway, I’ve been brought there as a little girl and all the memories are great ones, I love the west of Ireland but Galway is my all time top spot, I advise everyone I know planning a trip away to go down, and they all have agreed its the place to stay. I would love to bring my little girl down and give her the time of her life.. :)

    • Hi Sue,
      I am sure your little girl would love our gorgeous little city.
      Good luck!

  • Would love to stay in Galway I know it is a great city for shopping and crack,would love to bring the whole family there.the last time I stayed in Galway was foure years ago when I had a heart attack and had to get stent in.So it would be great to enjoy the city in stead of going for check up in it.

    • Hi Dermot,
      Yes…Galway would be much more fun to come visit than go for
      a hospital check up! Best of luck to you.

  • I would love to venture up West for a weekend, it’s been a year since I’ve been to Galway for a weekend and I just love the city. Wanted to stay in this hotel the last time I went but it was fully booked so this would be fab!

    • Hi Vicki,
      It is a fairly busy hotel … Due to the location right there on the square.
      Thanks for entering the competition!

  • I would love to visit Galway again. It’s been a few years since I’ve been and that visit was brief. It is such a cultural part of Ireland, it really shows what Ireland is all about really, I was fascinated to hear people having a conversation in Irish, not something you see much of these days :D

    • There is a bit of the Irish still lingering on the streets..
      But we could all do a bit more to keep it alive.
      Good luck for a win!

  • I want to go to Galway as its my birthday on 1st March and as a mum of twins, myself and hubby don’t get a lot of time to ourselves, so he probably hasn’t even bought me something, so with this prize I could treat us both!

    • Oh…I can relate with hubby’s that do not buy anything due to the craziness
      of kids and life! Happy early birthday Louise…best of luck for a win!

  • I have not been to Galway since my boy was born, that was almost two years ago and I would love to take the family for a nice break. I love the city and I know they will too. :)

    • Hi Dana,
      Galway is a grand place to take the family for a break.
      Best of luck to you!

  • Its been Years since I have been to Galway, A Romanatic Break in this Beautiful City and Hotel with my Husband would be a welcome escape from my lovely 4 Children for a little while.

    • Hi Rebecca,
      Thanks for joining in the fun. Good luck!

  • Galway is such a fun place. As a single mum and foster mum I’d love to get over there for an Easter break. I’d even consider bringing the kids :-) . My sister moved to Galway ( from Louth)a few months ago for a new job. Myself and the kids really miss her. They love spending time with her. Its also her 30th birthday on the 15th March. I’d love to suprise her with a visit from myself and the kids, and give us all a treat . Thank you :-)

    • Hi Orla,
      We are foster parents too and I know what you mean about missing your sister.
      My siblings are scattered all over the globe :0(
      Good luck to to you for a win!

  • Best place in the world Galway City and i love being by the atlantic ocean such a laid back relaxed atmosphere and me and my kids love visiting .

    • Hi Cassie,
      Thanks for entering the giveaway!
      Good luck to you!

  • After been laid up for 6 weeks with a broken knee cap,it would be lovely to get a nice treat away from the couch,and visit a nice city and get pampered in a lovely hotel,I may even do the Cliffs of Moher.

    • Hi Nuala,
      Careful now you don’t want to over do it and bust the knee cap again..ouch!
      Best of luck to you … Sounds like you do need a break x

  • I visit Galway once every 3 months with my husband and 3 boys (aged 6, 5 and 4) to play on the beach at Salthill, go to Milanos for pizza or visit Barna Woods (weather permitting) or leisureland, Salthill. We hail from Roscommon and we are always rushing back to beat the traffic at Clairegalway. It would be lovely for just once to have the luxury of a lovely hotel in the middle of Eyre Square, as my boys love to go and see the street acts, and not to have to rush back home, as is always the case. It is a great city with so much to see and do and we always look forward to going. I would recommend Galway as my favourite destination in Ireland.

    • Ah.. The traffic in Claregalway is a right bear alright!
      We live on the city side of Claregalway village and get stuck in it ourselves!
      Good luck for a win!

  • I would love love love this prize.. it would give me the opportunity to catch up with friends of mine in Galway whom I don’t see often enough, Bearing in mind that weekends away will be few and far between as we are saving up for our wedding I’m hoping hoping hoping that I will be the lucky one :)

    • Best of luck to you and congrats on the pending nuptials !

  • I would love to come visit you in galway, just had a baby and a little break away would be perfect

    • Hi Lorraine,
      Yes.. A little break after having a baby is always nice!
      Good luck x

  • I would really love this because at 40 years pf age i’m embarassed to admit that i’ve never been to Galway so would love to visit and bring my boys

    • Well it is high time you came to visit!
      And you would love Galway! Best of luck!

  • What a wonderful prize!! Thank you very much for giving it to one of us. Well i’d like to visit Galway because i have never ever been there before in all my life. I have heard so many wonderful things about the great food, the festivals, the places to go and the spectacular things to see, the people to meet and the general buzz of this lively and entertaining spot in the West of Ireland. It would be great to be able to see for myself if what everybody tells me is true xx

    • Hi Emer,
      It is all true too! Galway is great spot to hang your hat for a weekend
      or longer! Good luck!

  • Hi Mona,

    I’d absolutely love to win this break away for myself and my husband as the last time we were in Galway City was to have IVF, which thankfully was successful first time, and we now have a beautiful precious son who is now 5 years old and was actually born on New Years day! :) Would be great to walk down memory lane remembering our feelings and emotions of that time, the best time of our lives really! X

    • Wow…I can only imagine those are great memories…
      Filled with hope and hesitation at the same time.
      Best of luck to you!

  • Galway is a favourite with everyone I think, I went there first when I was 18 woth some friends and loved it but only got back about 2 yrs ago when relatives where over for a visit from the USA and it reminded me of how great Galway is …..15 yrs was way too long to wait to go back to this buzzing City..I wanta go back again and again!!

    • Emer,
      I lived away from home (Galway) for 15 years and it really was waaaaaaay too long!
      Yes…you need to come back and enjoy the fun!

  • would love to go back to Galway for a visit to my old haunts ..if any still exist ..
    haven’t been back since i finished up in Galway R.T.C .in 1986. having finished certs ..chef course ..(yikes is it really that long) …always meant to go back but life and kids got in the way of my great plans …i actually remember standing outside the Meryick hotel as a skint student and thinking that one day i will be able to afford to stay in there …still hasn’t happened ..but still hoping :)

    • Oh Alice,
      I remember working breakfasts there in Hotel Meyrick wondering if I would ever
      Be able to afford to stay there!
      Best of luck to you and thanks for entering the competition!

      • thank you :)

        • Quite welcome!

  • Hi. Oh god I would love to get a break to Galway one of my FAV spots in Ireland – with all cut backs miss my weekends away – but a BIG BIRTHDAY this year (5*)!!!! So hopefully will get a LOVELY surprise for the four of us :)

    • Ah..yes it would be a lovely getaway for the big birthday!
      And Galway is a great place to create memories!

  • Actually, some words of wisdom……. Be mindful before speaking, be sure to have an open heart so you can love unconditionally, enjoy, love, and care for those close to your heart, and once you have your health and happiness you are the richest person in the world! Xx

    • Hi Triona,
      Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom!

  • Wow, what an awesome giveaway! I would love to see Galway and stay for a couple of days to really enjoy it. I have always heard great things about the county, but I have not had the privilege to really see it. Between the seafood, the atmosphere, and the views, who wouldn’t want a free stay to see another part of this beautiful country :o)

    • The seaside walks alone are worth the visit and yes…the seafood is delicious!
      Good luck!

  • Galway is not called “The City of the Tribes” such a lovely atmosphere always, love strolling around the city, popping into any of the many wonderful cafes & soaking up that wonderful feeling of welcome that I always feel in your lovely welcoming city, after a tough year I am now cancer free & rearing to get my life back on track & where better to begin than Galway & although I have not stayed at the Meyrick Hotel before my bible for hotels (trip advisor) has fantastic reviews, so that is good enough for me.

    • Ah …. Trip Advisor is great for hotel advice alright!
      Glad to hear you are cancer free and sounds like you would really enjoy whooping it up
      in Galway over Easter break! Good luck!

  • I would love to go back to Galway again as it is a great bustling city with lots to do and see. My son (4) and my daughter (2) love the aquarium in Salthill and would love to bring them back there again, he keeps asking to see the fish house!! plus with the food festival we would all be taken care of

    • Hi Susan,
      I just heard they are adding to the Aquarium to include a Penguin house
      so you can tell your young fella about that! He will love it!
      Best of luck to you for a win.

  • Would love to win this as galway is where my hubby and myself spend our wedding anniversary every year as we just love galway :-) To get to stay in the meyrick would just be the icing on the cake :-)

    • Ah…that sounds lovely. Yes..the Meyrick Hotel would be the icing on the cake!
      Good luck!

  • To stay at the Hotel Meyrick!

    • Isn’t that a good enough reason right there!
      Good luck!

  • What a fab prize!
    Would love to win this prize as a short break away
    from our mad 2year old would be fabulous!
    And my partner loves to cook & try food so it would be all round wonderful!

    • Most 2 year olds possess the power to make their parents completely crazy.
      I can relate totally

  • With its captivating countryside and city life this would be an awesome weekend break!! :)

    • Hi Olivia,
      Isn’t Galway just that lovely indeed.
      Good luck!

  • I would love to go back to galways,its a great place for a hoilday or a break.There is so many things to do there for the kids.

    • A great city indeed Stacey and I think it is one of Ireland’s most
      family-friendly cities. Good luck

  • I wud love to go to Galway because it has everything possible one needs for a great child friendly exciting weekend – food fun great hotels great people and the sea!

    • Ah…we do like to be beside the seaside!
      Good luck!

  • The atmosphere, the food, the fact my kids really have a ball anytime we are there. !

    • Best of luck to you Gerald!
      Your name is in the hat!

  • Hi, I’d love to win as its been ten years since I’ve been to Galway. I would love the chance to visit with my kids and husband as they’ve never been. I would be so excited to check out some highly rated restaurants, stroll around Salthill…..ooh pick me!!!

    • Hi Michelle,
      Your name is in the hat and you have as good a chance as the others
      because the winner will be chosen at random on Saturday evening.
      Good luck!

  • Hi Mona,

    would absolutely love to win this prize, totally fell in love with Galway when I went to college there and visit frequently with my Partner and alternatively ” the Girls” for a party weekend. Have stayed in the Hotel Meyrick as a ‘treat’ in the past and would love to go back there. Fingers and toes crossed :)

    • Hi Geraldine,
      Best of luck to you for a win. It is easy to fall in love with our little City.

  • Would love to win this prize…I just Love Galway and have relatives There that I would love to visit. Fantastic Competition :)

    • Hi Roisín,
      I am sure your relatives would love to see you over Easter too!
      Good luck to you!

  • I would love to win 2 nights in the Hotel Meyrick in Galway as i haven’t a break in a year.I’m always busy going after my 2 children and doing plenty of housework .Also i’m after finding out that i’m expecting my third child so it would be a great way and place to celebrate and relax.

    • Hi Joan,
      Best of luck to you for a win and congrats on your baby news! Exciting times ahead for you indeed!
      Móna x

  • I would love to come to galway as we have only had one family trip together! i have been to galway on a girls holiday but never with my partner and my son! i would love to have great memories made there

    • Best of luck to you Natalie.
      Your name is in the hat for a win!

    • Your name is in the hat Natalie!
      Best of luck

  • Hi I would love to go to Galway, was my first holiday I had with my now husband and brings back so much happy memories for us, now we are married with three children never get the opportunity to re-visit past memories.

    • Hi Kerrie,
      I know what you mean. I love going back to visit places from out dating days too.
      Good luck!

  • I love Galway – great pubs and atmosphere.. would like to visit to see my niece and walk the pier in Salthill with my wife

    • Hi Richard,
      I am fond of the pubs myself and a walk along the prom in Salthill is a must on a night out!
      Good luck .. The drawing is tomorrow evening ;0)

  • Hi Mona, what an excellent prize, it has been years since i was in Galway and have nothing but good memories of me and my now hubby staying in some quirky b&b’s.the people are so friendly and fun and make you feel so welcome. i would love to introduce my 4 year old to sights and sounds and explore whats changed

    • Hi Jillian
      Thanks so much. It is not easy to do giveaways…there is always someone complaining about something
      but I get a lot of really cool things to giveaway and love to give back to our readers.
      Best of luck…the drawing is tomorrow evening!

  • I would really LOVE to win this prize so myself and the hubby could have a break away. Married 6 years without a honeymoon or break away with the kids plus never been to galway so what better way to see it than relaxing with the love of my life in a fab hotel :-)

    • Hi Laura,
      Best of luck to you. Your name is in the hat.
      Check back later this evening to see who wins!

  • this one is simple – Id like to win this competition because Galway reminds me of my youth (not that at 37 I’m ancient lol), reminds me of happy times (again…not that I’m not happy now). Would be a trip down memory lane :)

    • Ha ha .. I am as ancient as you xx
      Best of luck for a win.. I am sure you have great memories from your youth!

  • Hi, hotel looks lovely and it’s been years since I was in Galway. Would love to make memories with my kids, like my parents did with me. Let’s try to promote staycations all round this year and keep our hospitality industry in business.

    • Galway is waiting for you!
      I will be announcing the winner later today so check back on the blog after tea time!
      Good luck!

  • Hi Mona, great prize! I thought I’d commented but I don’t see it, musn’t have gone thru-so here tis: We’d love to go to Galway because is was the first place my then boyfriend ( now hubby) and I visited together nearly 12 years ago. We did a spur of the moment road trip and were very lucky to get the very last room in town! Almost had to sleep in a little Honda Civic :-) Winning this prize would be a fantastic-but less panicky room-wise!- reminder of that special trip. Susan

    • Hi Susan!
      You know WordPress stashes a lot of my comments in SPAM and although I check them religiously
      it is possible it fell through the cracks.
      But you are in the drawing now and best of luck. I reckon a bed at the Meyrick Hotel will be a lot crozier
      than a little Honda civic xx

  • Would love to come down to Galway to explore and as I am new to Ireland, I want to explore every corner of it. I’ve heard that the most important attraction in Galway is the great nightlife with a good number of pubs where live music serenade the city every single night, and numerous music festivals are held here with only typical Irish music. A great way to discover rich culture!

    • You just made the cut off for the giveaway!
      Best of luck and come to Galway for a visit!
      It is as great as everyone says :0)

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