Facts and Trivia

Some differences between Galway / Ireland and Meran / South Tyrol


You may find it interesting to know that…

... when we arrive in Galway, on Sunday, 6 May at around 8 o'clock, the sun will still be shining (clouds permitting). Back home in South Tyrol, at the same time it will already be dark - it's one hour later there, 9 o'clock! On 6 May 2018, the sunset time for Galway is 21.13 hours local time (that's 22.13 h in South Tyrol). By the time we leave, on 13 May, it will be 21.25 hours (that's 22.25 h in South Tyrol) (source: timeanddate.com)

... on June 21st, the sunset time in Galway is as late as 22.08 hours! (That's 23:08 h in South Tyrol) (source: timeanddate.com)

... in Galway you will see pictures and postcards of little green men. These are the Leprechauns. A Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore. It is usually depicted as a little old man, wearing a coat and hat, who partakes in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, the leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom. (source: wikipedia)

... Irish people avoid building a house on a known Leprechaun path. If you block a fairy path the house might suffer from midnight noises or supernatural manifestations. Ill-luck in the form of sick farm animals or personal illness could be the result.

... the road that leads to Kinvarra (Monday excursion) is said to have been planned by... cows! Apparently, the road was built along traditional paths trodden by cattle.

... the cattle align when they graze (i.e. they all stand in the same direction while eating grass). According to this website the direction is north-south. You can check if that is true when we drive through the countryside on Monday, on the way to the Burren.

... on Monday, your bus driver will probably show you very strange animals that are half sheep, half cow. Ireland is full of wonders! ;-)

... the Salthill Promenade is said to be the longest in Europe. Salthill is the area of Galway that lies west of the river Corrib, alongside the sea.

… there is hardly any dust in Galway. The wind comes mainly from the Atlantic Ocean, and it rains frequently. The Galwegians do not need their vacuum cleaners very often.

… due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean the air is humid and very clean.

… the sky in Galway appears larger than in South Tyrol (you see more of it) because there are no mountains.

... when the Irish talk about "mountains" the South Tyroleans usually smile condescendingly - the "mountains" in Connemara are around 500-600 m high, the "mountains" in the Burren in County Clare around 300m...

... the Irish are much less sensitive to cold temperatures. Often you see Irish people in their T-shirts while South Tyroleans are wearing winter jackets.

… the wind is often more constant than in many parts of South Tyrol, and it is therefore generally less unpleasant (unless it is very strong).

... there’s an old saying which goes, 'when you see Aran and the Clare hills it’s a sign of rain, and when you can’t see them, it’s actually raining!' (The Clare hills are across Galway Bay)

… you will hardly ever see any airplanes, and thus no contrails (Kondensstreifen) in the sky. Unlike Meran or South Tyrol, Galway is outside international flight routes.

… the clouds generally move much faster than in South Tyrol, firstly because there is more wind, secondly because the clouds  are often lower than in South Tyrol.

... since there is generally more wind and the clouds move faster, the weather is much more changeable than in South Tyrol.

… it often rains in the form of very small drops that fly in all directions – that is the “Irish drizzle” (drizzle = Sprühregen).

… an umbrella is useless with the Irish drizzle, and just as useless when it is very windy while it is raining.

… there are about 220 days with some form of rain per year in the West of Ireland. However, this does not mean that it rains constantly. Especially in late spring and summer, there are very often scattered showers.

... the best time to travel to Ireland is May - June. Statistically, the number of hours with sunshine per day is highest in May.

… there are no open air swimming pools in Galway (or in Ireland). It is not warm enough for that.

… the people have no garden hoses (Gartenschläuche) in their gardens. They are just not needed…

... the cleanliness standards in Ireland are a bit lower than in South Tyrol.

... the friendliness standards in Ireland are a bit higher than in South Tyrol.

... until not too long ago, Ireland was one of the poorest countries in Europe.

... Galway is considered to be the cultural capital of Ireland.

... the median age of Ireland's population is much lower than the median age in Italy: 35.7 years in Ireland versus 45.6 years in Italy. (source: The World fact Book)

... In Italy, 39,510 square kilometers of land area is artificially supplied with water (=irrigated), in Ireland the irrigated area is infinitely lower: only 11 sq kms! (source: The World fact Book)

... the sea temperature on Portugal's west coast is only a few degrees warmer than on Ireland's west coast.

... the difference between low tide and high tide is much more visible in Galway than anywhere in the Mediterranean Sea.

... the river that flows through Galway - the Corrib - is a salmon river. Spring is the fishing season; if you look carefully you will see wild salmon in the Corrib. The best place to see them is from the bridge that leads to the Saint Nicholas Cathedral.