Why relocate to Galway?

Galway is the largest city in the West of Ireland and offers the perfect mix of exciting city life and beautiful scenery. The city is well known for it’s vibrant atmosphere created by the many buskers and shoppers which occupy the busy streets, while the rest of the county is laden with spectacular nature. Benefitting from a large student population as well as tourists arriving from all over the world, there never is a quiet time of year in Galway!

It is also known as the Cultural Heart of Ireland, and no matter where in the county you go there is something for you to see. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway’s coastline showcases some of Ireland’s highest cliffs and waves, while the Aran Islands demonstrate some of the country’s most famous history. On top of it all, many people are enjoying shorter commutes, a better quality of life, and an increase in disposable income. Galway really does have something for everyone.




Business Environment

As a city boasting a large student and expat community, it’s easy to see why Galway is attracting many of the world’s largest companies. The region is known as a hub for medical technology companies and organisations such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Quidel, Creganna, Allergan, Alere, and others have based operations here.

Galway is home to far more than just medical technology companies, though. Almost 10,000 students graduating in Galway each year means that the workforce is highly educated, and recent times has seen major expansion in the tech and pharmaceutical sectors, too. 2018 alone saw over 3,000 jobs created in the region.

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Galway population


Primary & Secondary Schools


Jobs announced in 2018



Family Life

A beautiful countryside, great schools, fabulous beaches, and incredibly friendly people – Galway is an ideal location for you to raise your family.

According to our Galway-Mayo Relocation Survey, almost half of people commute to work in less than 20 minutes, while 75% do so in under 40 minutes, giving you longer evenings and more time to spend with your family. This was a major factor in 76% of people claiming that their work-life balance has improved since moving to the area.

Arts, culture and sports are at the core of Galway, too. Between famous festivals such as the Arts Festival and the infamous Galway Races, to street performers that brave the elements all year round, there is constantly something for you to enjoy. It is also the European Capital of Culture for 2020, while Connacht Rugby, Galway GAA and Galway United thrill sports fans across all codes.

No matter where in the county you are based, it really does offer something amazing for both you and your family.



Area of Interest – Salthill

Salthill is one of Galway’s most famous areas, and is just a 20-minute walk away from the city centre. It acts as a getaway from the city centre and offers a mix of tranquility and vibrant beauty.

From the most iconic view of the seafront in Blackrock Pier to hidden beaches, an aquarium and a fantastic community, it’s easy to see why Salthill is so popular. Spend your days here looking over Galway Bay and eating at any of the many seafront cafés and restaurants.

It is also the home of Galway GAA as Pearse Stadium nestles in between housing estates. There are some spectacular views from homes in the Salthill area, while Knocknacarra and Barna villages lie right next door.


The city is a hive of activity and is famous for the atmosphere that flows through the cobbled streets. There are few better places in the world than the streets of Galway City on a sunny day with the buskers providing background music to your afternoon as you sample some of the quality restaurants and cafés. Matchdays for Connacht Rugby, Galway GAA and Galway United add a touch of passion to the ambiance too, while it is also the European Capital of Culture for 2020 and hosts some of the best festivals in Ireland.

Away from the cosmopolitan city, you can enjoy some amazing beaches and scenery. From the beaches and bars of Salthill and Barna to the beauty of Connemara National Park and romantic air of Clifden and Kylemore Abbey, your weekends will never be misspent. There is history in every corner of the county, too, and a trip through the Gaeltacht regions or to the Aran Islands give you the chance to learn about ancient Ireland.


Galway City Centre

Meet Others Who Have Made the Move


Inma Aguilera

Manufacturing Process Development Engineer, Creganna Medical, Galway

The West of Ireland is a great place for engineers to further their careers because there are so many large companies where you can grow and progress your career.

In June 2018, I moved to Renmore, Galway after getting a job with Creganna Medical at their site in Parkmore Business and Technology Park – just 5k from my home. My journey to work takes me around 15 minutes each day by bus.

I love travelling and exploring new places so I’m looking forward to exploring other towns around Ireland in my spare time. But there is also so much going on here in Galway. It’s great for shopping, there is plenty to do and see, and there is beautiful scenery right on your
doorstep. It’s also a fantastic city for arts all year round. I love art and culture and am looking forward to joining a painting class soon.

Read Inma’s full testimonial here.

Paweł Hajan

Team Member, Zeltiq/Allergan, Galway

My wife and I moved to Galway from Poland in October 2017 and shortly after relocating, I joined the team at Allergan.

Galway scenery is breathtaking, especially early in the morning when the first thing I see is the bay and the ocean. This is the first time I’ve lived so close to the sea. I like it very much here; there’s so much to visit and explore.

My working hours really suit a work-life balance; before I was working shifts but now I have weekends off which gives us more time to visit places in the area – whether it’s Salthill Beach, going for a cycle at Silver Strand, jogging in Merlin Wood, shopping in Eyre Square or having a quiet lunch in Oranmore

Read Pawel’s full testimonial here. 


Living & Working in Ireland

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Major Industries in Galway

The Medtech Industry in Ireland

  • Employs 29,000 people
  • Galway is home to around one third (9,000) of medtech professionals in Ireland
  • 18 of the top 25 largest medtech companies are in Ireland, and 9 of the top 10 are  in The West.
  • Over 450 medtech companies in Ireland
  • 50% engage in R&D
  • 4,000 job openings between 2016-2020

CMcN MedTech industry in Ireland Report 2018

The Biopharma Industry in Ireland

  • Employs over 28,000 people
  • All of the top 10 largest biopharma companies operate in Ireland
  • Over 75 biopharma companies in Ireland
  • €39 billion in exports annually
  • 8,400 job openings between 2016-2020

CMcN Biopharma Industry in Ireland Report 2018

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