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Galway City, Ireland

If you're making plans to visit Ireland, consider starting in Galway City, a compelling curiosity shop of a metropolis that hugs the immense bay celebrated in song. The city of more than 65,000 on the nation's western flank hums with the vibrancy of the affluent new Ireland and cranks out more festivals than an accordion has folds.
John Lumpkin / Associated Press
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