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Galway: known for it's stunningly scenic Wild Atlantic Way, it's bohemian city vibe and vibrant arts scene. 

The West coast county has a huge amount of urban history and rural heritage – as well as it's Gaeilge preservation and modern hospitality. 

There are plenty of pretty Galway properties floating around on holiday rental site Airbnb, but it turns out that one rather unique Galway property is the most visited in Europe. 

According the the site, Cahercastle in Craughwell, Co.Galway is the the most visited Airbnb in Europe.

While it hasn't had the most amount of individual bookings, the castle can host four guests at a time – meaning that more people have stayed there than anywhere else via Airbnb. 

The castle has been standing since the late 1400, and was lovingly restored by its owners.

'One needs to be somewhat crazy to be owned by a castle , its owed me now for 20 years, anyway it is our home its not perfect, so don't expect perfection ,we do have cobwebs and a little dust (so asthma sufferers take note),' says owner Peter, who has spent the last decade making the castle a home, and has over 1,000 positive reviews on Airbnb.

'This castle has been restored to its original state by using traditional materials, and also by using cutting edge technology. We used traditional local stone, limestone, as well as oak beams, to make the castle as traditional as possible, but it also has modern conveniences, such as solar water heating.'

'The castle was built sometime in the 1400's but was refurbished in the last decade. It is comprised of a master bedroom upstairs, with access to the turret, a living room and dining room, two guest bedrooms, and some storage rooms.'

Galway is the ultimate location for an in-Ireland mini-break, and Craughwell is located just a 20 minute drive from the city – and is serviced by an Irish Rail train service. 

The castle is super popular so booking ASAP is recommended.

The castle's private rooms can be rented for €160.00 per night.

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Irish people adore pizza, there's no denying that fact.

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What we wanted to find out was what weird and wonderful delicacies our nation was ordering, and the results have arrived.

To celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day on Thursday, September 5, Deliveroo have released data of their Top 10 Most Ordered Pizzas in Ireland as well as the strangest custom pizza requests made.

While many of us are still arguing over whether pineapple should touch the tomato/cheese heaven of pizza or not, other people are ordering some pretty damn questionable items for their meals.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Here are by far the oddest orders, and we gagged at more than one of them so that's a warning to those of you with weak stomachs;

The Roast Pizza

One devout roast dinner lover in Cork City asked that the restaurant, instead of the selection of toppings listed, would decorate his pizza with a generous spread of roast chicken and carrots. Mammy would be so proud. 

Sweet and Savoury

We know – public opinion of sweet pizzas is mixed. Some consider it to be just another wonderful way to enjoy pizza, while others view them as total abominations, but one Ballsbridge customer played with fire when she requested a chocolate dessert pizza topped with chilli flakes. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ketchup Pizza

Everyone knows that pizza is made with a dedicated pizza sauce. That sauce is not ketchup. In any case, a ketchup-crazed individual near Stephen’s Green requested that her pizza base be slapped with the condiment instead of the usual sauce. Each to their own?

Salt  and Vinegar 

A customer in Tallaght, who presumably confused pizza with fish and chips, requested in the order notes for the restaurant to ‘put plenty of salt and vinegar on it’. To be fair, it doesn’t sound gross, but there’s no doubt that it’s an unusual request. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Breathalyser

One Donnybrook customer embarked on a mission to create the ultimate bad breath sensation. There were no out of the ordinary special requests as such, but… her toppings choices were tuna, anchovies, basil and garlic. They speak (or breathe) for themselves.

Top 10 Most Ordered Pizzas in Ireland

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1. Margherita – Sano Pizza, Dublin

2. The Spicy Devil – Fallon & Byrne, Dublin

3. American – Milano, Galway

4. Frida – Tom Barry's, Cork

5. Pepperoni – Pete's, Dublin

6. Diablo – Calzones by Tiger, Dublin

7. Prosciutto E Funghi – Wallace's Asti, Dublin

8. Margherita – Venice Restaurant – Galway

9. Pepperoni – McGinn's Hophouse, Galway

10. Picantte (M)(G) – North Wood Fire Pizza, Dublin

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Joe Groves of Deliveroo commented on the data results;

“Ireland has an eclectic taste in pizza, and this is reflected in the diverse range of popular pizzas around the country, from the Spicy Devil to the Diablo.

“Better still, it’s clear there is no fear of standing out from the crowd with these bizarre pizza orders. Luckily for them, we will always go above and beyond to cater to their needs."

Nice to know that the Deliveroo staff aren't judging our strangeness… 

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Storm Hannah is on her way to visit us, lads, and we've got to be extra cautious tonight. A red weather warning has officially been issued by Met Éireann in Clare from 8pm tonight until 11pm.

An orange warning has been issued for wind in Galway from 7pm until midnight tonight. 

Winds are especially strong along the coast, and the public has been warned to avoid coastal areas completely.

Wind warnings for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick are in place from 4pm today until 1am tomorrow, and warnings for wind in Waterford and Tipperary are issued from 10pm tonight until 2pm tomorrow.

A yellow wind alert has been sent out from 11pm for counties in the south east, north-west and the west of Ireland.

Gardaí are appealing to the public to be aware of the dangers posed by high winds those who are living near coastal, cliff and waterway areas are advised to be extra cautious.

Met Éireann have said that northwesterly winds will reach speeds of over 80 km/h with 'violent gusts' of 130 to 150 km/h for a period this evening. Jaysis.

Road users are cautioned to plan your journeys in advance, and be careful of stopping distances on wet roads.

It's going to be a breezy weekend, lads. Prepare to get your Rihanna out and werk some umbrellas.

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Honestly, thank God. This isn't just the news we needed, it's the news we deserved.

Domino's has officially launched GPS delivery tracking in the Republic of Ireland with 'Domi-Pin', and are giving away 400 Catalan Chicken & Chorizo pizzas to celebrate. The newest pizza style is a rich, hearty full-flavoured meal starring a Mediterranean-inspired flavour combination that’s tried and tested.

The tracking shows the location of your driver from store to door, and the pizzamakers are touring Ireland with a giant GPS pin as well as handing out hundreds of pizzas this week. Nom.

This week, from today until Friday, 1 March, people who spot the Domi-Pin will win one of the new Catalan Chicken and Chorizo pizzas on the spot…life just can't get any better. 

The four-foot-high Domi-Pin is set to appear all around Ireland, with the Domino's team giving away delicious treats to pizza lovers nationwide. 

The Domino’s GPS team can be found at Domino’s stores in Citywest, Athlone, Letterkenny, and Galway respectively this week at 2pm to 4pm. Get yerselves down there ASAP.

The first 100 pizza fans at each location only have to spot the giant Domi-Pin and say hi to the team to win a personal Catalan Chicken and Chorizo Pizza.

Eagle-eyed pizza fans who spot and share or repost a picture on Twitter using the #DominosGPS hashtag and tag @Dominos_ROI will also be in with a chance to win. 

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The GPS tracker is the first of its kind in Ireland, and gives you the ability to track your pizzas all the way from the oven to your gaff. The tracker opens to a live map at the delivery stage so you can track the progress of your driver.

There's even a countdown, so anyone on a time limit can prepare for the tasty arrival. We are ridiculously excited to try and test the new technology, is anyone else suddenly starving?

To order, check out the Domino's website or head into your local store. Those stunning Catalan Chicken and Chorizo pizzas are just €22 for a large, in case anyone's wondering. We know we were…

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Dublin has long been considered Ireland's professional mecca, with job opportunities other counties simply don't have. 

However, a new survey has found that the West of Ireland is attracting highly-skilled professionals, with three quarters of job seekers who moved west finding work easily.  

Galway and Mayo are drawing the eye of professionals tired of the eternal Dublin struggle for housing, with the west's promise of a better quality of life, career opportunities, lower property prices and more disposable income, according to the Galway-Mayo Relocation Survey.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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91% of respondents said they were happy with their move to the West of Ireland and 78% would recommend others relocate to Galway or Mayo.

85% have either moved into a similar or more senior role than the one they held before moving. Since relocating, 76% say the balance between their working and home lives is much better now.

When asked about the factors that influenced their move to the West, 91% cited a better quality of life, while 60% wanted to be closer to family and friends. 

'Even though I was enjoying Dublin, my heart was here in the West of Ireland,' said Samantha Commons, Associate Director of Human Resources at Allergan, Galway. 

'When I started thinking about where I wanted to be, I thought that I’d probably end up in Galway because that’s where a lot of the larger companies are that would have HR requirements.'

So if Dublin isn'#t taking your fancy, perhaps the boom is back out west. 

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A woman in County Galway has died in a tragic incident in the high winds brought by Storm Ali. 

The woman, who was in her 50s, was pronounced dead after strong winds blew the caravan she was staying in off a cliff in Clifden. 

'Gardai in Clifden Co Galway are dealing with an incident which occurred at Claddaghduff, Co Galway this morning. A caravan has blown off a cliff,' said a Garda spokesperson. 

Two weather warnings have been issued by Met Eireann, with an orange warning issued for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare and Kerry.

Gusts between 110km/h and 130 km/h are expected. 

According to ESB, 20,000 homes are without power. 

A status yellow warning has also been issued nation wide. 

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A sexual assault was reported to have allegedly occurred on the west coast of Ireland last week.

The incident was said to have happened in Co Galway Gaeltacht last Saturday, according to multiple reports today.

On July 21st, a young girl stated that an older teen who attended the college allegedly attacked her.

The girl is said to be just 15 years old and her alleged male attacker is reportedly 17 years of age.

According to the Irish Mirror, after the incident, the girl was taken to Galway’s Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU).

The Gardai have yet to make any arrests as the investigation is reportedly still ongoing.

A garda spokesperson told the newspaper: "Gardai are investigating an alleged sexual assault of a juvenile female at Inverin, Co Galway on July 21. The alleged assault took place on July 21st."

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Travelling to Galway is always a good idea.

With the lively city's famous flair for fun, friendly locals, cultural richness and non-stop night scene, it's a must-visit for Irish folk and tourists alike.

If you are heading west, there are a few treasured eateries you should definitely check out while you are there. 

Yummy Crepes

Mick's famous creparie is a Galway institution. 

The stall has been a focal point of the Galway market for donkey's years, situated in the shade of St Nicholas' Church in the city centre.

The traditional ham,cheese, scallion and mustard crepe is always a winner, or get more experimental with your choice of fillings. 

 

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WA Cafe

Using the freshest of ingredients, the authentic sushi at WA Cafe is an unmissible hallmark on Galway's seafood scene.

The cafe, snuggled amongst the harbour-side traders at the docks, is run by a Japanese-Galwegian family who bring the delectable flavours of sushi and ramen to life.

The cafe just won The All-Ireland Best World Cuisine 2017 award at the The Irish Restaurant Awards, so snap up a platter of their sashimi quick! Oh, and pick us up a packet of Pocky on your way out. 

 

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Biteclub

A list of the finest Galway eateries wouldn't be complete with our adding one of the country's edgiest street food specialists. 

Biteclub Streetfood Discotheque brings a menagerie of eclectic menu choices to life, ranging from spicy fish tacos and Korean sesame chicken to deep-fried churros and the creamiest mac and cheese in the land. 

Oh, and it's a cardinal sin to leave Biteclub without sampling one of their lethal watermelon and gin slushies. 

 

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Seven

Seven is a bar/restaurant tucked away in Galway's Latin Quarter. 

The intimate and welcoming vibe is perfect for a hungover breakfast with the gang, or try the extensive drinks menu as the evenings grow darker.

Opt for their classic full Irish breakfast on cheat day, or tackle the delicious goats cheese and roasted vegetable panini.

 

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Tribeton

Known for its edgy yet sultry decor and champagne cocktails, Tribeton has been delighting the palettes of Galwegians since it opened.

The industrial backdrop sets the scene for a night of gourmet bar snacks and beverages, or you can go all out and opt for their night time menu. 

The grilled salmon with chorizo cream and the Belvedere Spritz cocktail are the ideal menu options.

 

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Caprice Cafe

This delectable delicatessen is about to celebrate its first anniversary. 

While it may still be the new kid on the block when it comes to Galway eateries, the brunch behemoth on Church Lane has already made a mega impression on diners in the city of tribes.

Try the delectable calimari with citrus salad if you're in the mood for a lighter bite, or go all out with the luxurious lobster and eggs at brunch. 

 

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Galway is often hailed as one of the Emerald Isle's greatest assets. 

With the lively city's famous flair for fun, friendly locals, cultural richness and non-stop night scene, it's a must-visit for Irish folk and tourists alike.

It's this distinctive Galway vibe that has led the city to be awarded the accolade of 'Best for the Sesh.' 

In a poll of 1,000 voters from all over Ireland by Jury's Inn, Galway took the crown as the most sought-after county for a night on the tiles. 

With unique nightlife hot spots like Biteclub, Tribeton, An Púcán, The Front Door and Elecvtric Garden & Theatre, it's no wonder that people are clamouring for a good sesh here. 

As well as the established pubs and bars, areas like the Spanish Arch and Salthill come alive during the warm weather as revellers enjoy a few cold cans. 

 

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They often say the people make the place, which would make sense as Galwegians were also hailed as the best craic to hang out with. 

While Galway took the crown for Best in Sesh, other counties were awarded alternative glowing titles. 

Dublin got gold for being the Top Shopping Destination and Best for Dining Out, while Kerry was awarded the Most Beautiful Scenery with a whopping 43% of the vote. 

 

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As a nation of pet lovers, there are plenty of pup-friendly cafes and parks for us to enjoy quality time with our four-legged friends.

Now, one Galway hotel is offering guests the option to bring their puppy pals on a little break away with them, by creating a doggy package in their hospitable hotel with pet friendly rooms. 

The Ardilaun Hotel, close to Galways' scenic Salthill, is the perfect place to bring your doggo for a day trip and even an overnight stay. 

'The Ardilaun Hotel is one of the few Galway hotels to realise that you can’t have a family break without all of the family.'

'Bring your four legged friend with you and we’ll make sure your pet feels welcome too!'

'We’ll give you a room beside our beautiful gardens so you’ll have easy access when the need arises and nice little playground for him too!'

'Don’t forget bedding and food for your four legged friend! We provide everything else.'

As if we needed another excuse to head west for a summer getaway.

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As if we needed another excuse to head west for a weekend, Galway is set to play host to a four-day GIN festival next month. 

The Latin Quarter Gin Fest returns to the City of Tribes from Thursday June 7 to Saturday June 10, and you better believe we'll be there to raise a glass with our fellow gin-lovers. 

Organisers promise a "weekend of gin-joyment" with a whole range of fun and interactive events planned over the four days. 

Expect Gin Cruises, Gin Forage, Irish Gin Village, Distillery Road Trip, Master Classes and Tastings, Gin Afternoon Tea, Gin Trails, Food & Gin Pairings, Gin Cocktails & Competitions, New Gin Launches and Gin Experientials – an pretty much every other gin related activity you could ever imagine! 

The festival aims to encourage people to sample a variety of gin and tonic brands, as well as educate the masses on the economical benefits of the gin trade. 

Count us in! 

A full programme of events is coming soon and for regular updates follow The Latin Quarter on social media using the hastag #LQGinFest or email ginfest@thelatinquarter.ie

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The referendum is barely six weeks away, and while our minds are firmly fixed on getting out there and voting, there are other ways to support the cause. 

If you're a Galway-based repealer, or fancy a road trip to the most scenic county in the land, then you may want to get yourself down to Carbon nightclub on April 26. 

The club is hosting a Sesh For Repeal, with proceeds on the night going to the Together For Yes campaign. 

'We are absolutely delighted to be teaming up with Galway Pro-Choice & Humans of The Sesh to present Sesh 4 Repeal,' a statement on the Carbon Facebook Page reads.

'Proceeds from the night will be going towards the #Together4Yes campaign as we get closer to the upcoming referendum.'

'The night will be jam-packed with entertainment with a number of DJs playing their sounds including; Gadget and the Cloud, Gash Collective and more TBA.'

The club, located on Galway's Eglington Street, will open it's doors at 11pm for Repeal revellers.

The event is also in association with Galway Pro-Choice. 

You can get all the details right here.

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