GALWAY CITY SITS FOURTH IN THE RANKING OF IRISH CITIES WITH A POPULATION OF APPROXIMATELY 80,000 (2016 CENSUS).
The city has a strong local economy hosting a variety of multinational companies including four of the top five ICT companies (IBM, SAP, Oracle and Cisco) and two of the largest medical device companies, Medtronic and Boston Scientific. Galway is also home to the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) which collectively cater for excess 27,000 students.
After Dublin, Galway is the most popular tourist destination in Ireland attracting
more than 1.7 million overseas visitors, spending approximately €589 million. This is in addition to the 1 million Irish residents visiting annually for high-profile events such as The Galway Arts Festival, The Galway Races and The Galway International Oyster Festival.