Cool story - get an extra flower and put it down for all of us freepers with an Irish ancestor... Then bring back a picture or two...
You have to watch a TV Program named: "Single-Handed". I recently found it on Hulu Plus (Hulu Plus has a 14 day FREE TRIAL deal). It's a great show, especially if you're Irish . It's only Six Episodes but they're each an 1hr & 42min long.
Anyway, enjoy your trip to Galway and take a lot of pictures of the Countryside. But bring a warm jacket, sweater, raincoat and boots. Galway's weather is a bit on the wet & 'cool' side and it gets a tad muddy.
And because of watching that TV show I started doing a little search of my Irish family history and found 'My Clan', family crest, and its history. Turns out I come from/related to 'Irish Royalty' -- the last two Irish Kings in the 12th Century. After that Ireland's Kings were 'foreign invaders' and then Brits.
There must have been something climatological, political or something that happened around 1830. My ancestors from Ireland, Wales and Germany all came over then and my ancestors that had been here since 1626 moved from Maine to Illinois.
I hope it's as powerful an experience as it was for my brother. He took a month off when he retired and drove around Europe, making it down to Santander, Spain, where he went into the Birth Records office and was able to get the clerk to pull a copy of our grandfather's birth certificate (1882). Then he found the church where he was baptized and got a copy of his baptismal certificate. He said holding those two in his hands was an incredible experience.
He made copies for all four of us grandkids. :-)