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Galway, Ireland

Galway covers some 2,300 square miles to on the western side of the Republic of Ireland and has a population of 185,000.

The county town is Galway with other towns of note being Ballinasloe, Tuam, Clifden and Loughrea. The county itself is contained within the province of Connacht.

The east is low-lying, in the south are the Slieve Aughty mountains and Galway Bay, with the Aran islands. To the west of Lough Corrib is Connemara, a wild area of moors, hills, lakes and bogs. In 1959 deposits of lead, zinc, and copper were found near the town of Loughrea.

The principal river of the county is the Shannon.

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