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By touching the pulse of some of the highways and byways of the city and county, the authors of these twenty stories bring into sharp relief Galway’s human heart and soul in all its joy and sorrow, in all its aspirations and disappointments, in all its victories and defeats. It is, in effect, the alternative guide to this beloved city and county of ours, filling in all the gaps left out by the official guides, giving a real sense of what makes it the magical place it is to live in.’                                                                            

– Des Kenny

Galway Stories is an engaging contemporary collection of short fiction set in the city and county of Galway by writers who live, or have lived, in Galway. It includes many of Ireland’s most acclaimed short-story writers, including Mike McCormack, Kevin Barry, Mary Costello and Julian Gough; local favourites, such as Geraldine Mills and Alan McMonagle; and up-and-comers, including Hugo Kelly and Aileen Armstrong.

The twenty stories included in the collection take the reader on an intimate tour of Galway, the cultural heart of Ireland. From the top of Eyre Square to the prom on Salthill, from the bogside of Cashel to the stone walls of Kinvara, each of the stories explore the neighbouhoods and the people who live there. Some stories — such as Jim Mullarkey’s ‘Encounter on Buttermilk Lane’ or Olaf Tyaransen’s ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ — present a vivid portrait of the neighbourhoods using specific landmarks and detail; others — including Edward Boyne’s ‘The Sculptor’ or Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s ‘Cri de Coeur’ — convey the atmospheric spirit of the neighbourhoods and their inhabitants. The stories in the anthology offer a distinct array of content and theme, voice and style, celebrating also the diverse talent of Galway writers.

Galway Stories also includes photos and background information on each neighbourhood, as well as maps displaying the location of each story to further provide an evocative snapshot of Galway.