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Athenry, Ireland

Galway, European Capital of Culture, 2020

Galway, European Capital of Culture, 2020

Salthill, Galway, 35 mins away

Salthill, Galway, 35 mins away

Salthill Beach and Diving 35 mins from our house

Salthill Beach and Diving 35 mins from our house

Moran's Oyster Cottage Restaurant, 15 mins from our home

Moran's Oyster Cottage Restaurant, 15 mins from our home

Rinville Park, Oranmore

Rinville Park, Oranmore

Oranmore near our home

Oranmore near our home

Medieval Athenry

Medieval Athenry

Athenry town

Athenry town

Athenry

Athenry

Athenry Castle

Athenry Castle

Loughrea Lake, 15 mins from our house

Loughrea Lake, 15 mins from our house

Loughrea Lake

Loughrea Lake

Monivea Woods, 9km from our house

Monivea Woods, 9km from our house

Monivea Woods

Monivea Woods

Galway Equestrian Centre, 10 mins from our house

Galway Equestrian Centre, 10 mins from our house

Omey Island, Clifden

Omey Island, Clifden

David walking in the Burren near our home

David walking in the Burren near our home

Inis Mean, Aran Islands

Inis Mean, Aran Islands

Dogs Bay in the Summer

Dogs Bay in the Summer

Fannore Beach, for surfing

Fannore Beach, for surfing

Kinvarra village by the sea, 20 mins from our house

Kinvarra village by the sea, 20 mins from our house

Surfing on Fanore Beach in the Burren, April 2015

Surfing on Fanore Beach in the Burren, April 2015

Hill walking in the Burren, near our house, June 2015

Hill walking in the Burren, near our house, June 2015

Galway, European Capital of Culture, 2020 Salthill, Galway, 35 mins away Salthill Beach and Diving 35 mins from our house Moran's Oyster Cottage Restaurant, 15 mins from our home Rinville Park, Oranmore Oranmore near our home Medieval Athenry Athenry town Athenry Athenry Castle Loughrea Lake, 15 mins from our house Loughrea Lake Monivea Woods, 9km from our house Monivea Woods Galway Equestrian Centre, 10 mins from our house Omey Island, Clifden David walking in the Burren near our home Inis Mean, Aran Islands Dogs Bay in the Summer Fannore Beach, for surfing Kinvarra village by the sea, 20 mins from our house Surfing on Fanore Beach in the Burren, April 2015 Hill walking in the Burren, near our house, June 2015
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Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
March 30, 2020 - December 31, 2020 3

Looking for 2-3 weeks June/July. Open for shorter exchanges,e.g. Easter.

New modern house in a small town near Galway; Looking for Germany or Austria or Czech Republic in July please

 
We are an Irish-Scottish family of two adults and two girls aged thirteen and fifteen.  David is a geologist and Aine a university teacher.

We have completed eight exchanges - to France (twice), Austria, Sweden, Spain (twice), Germany and Denmark and we enjoyed each one greatly. We like to travel and have also been to other countries in Europe and further a field.

We live in a new contemporary detached house c.175m2 in size in the town of Athenry, Galway. Our house was completed in September 2019! We live in a very quiet private development on the outskirts of Athenry (just 8 houses here) but we have all the amenities of a small town on our doorstep. We have a back garden with a space for outdoor dining and a swing-seat and a front garden with flowers. We have three bedrooms, which can sleep up to six people, 3 bathrooms, 1 kitchen/diner (open plan), one sitting room, a utility room and a study.Nearest supermarket is 5 minutes walk from our house, there are restaurants, local pubs and a hotel in Athenry and a medieval castle. Athenry is 24km from Galway city and takes 25 minutes to drive by car. There is a train station in Athenry where it takes 20 minutes to Galway by train. You can also take the bus from Athenry to Galway.
We have a Skoda Roomster and Seat hatchback (we swap one car). Our house is 1 hour drive from Shannon Airport and 2 hours from Dublin Airport, or you can take the train from Athenry to Dublin - 2 hours. 1 hour 15 mins from Ireland West Knock airport.  Limerick City is 1hr drive.  Cork City 2 hrs drive.
Loughrea Lake (Long Walk), 15 mins drive. Here you can swim as it is a Blue Flag lake.
The nearest large beach is in Salthill in Galway city (about 35 minutes drive), swimming and diving here as well as a long promenade, restaurants, bars, cinema, shops. A very popular tourist spot. Galway is European City of Culture for 2020, so there will be so many cultural events happening here in the Summer.We can provide lots of info. https://galway2020.ie/en/programme/ https://www.giaf.ie/info/galway/galway-2020
We are near the village of Oranmore (10 mins drive) which has a woodland park area with walks, picnic area and children's playground (Rinville Park) situated on the Atlantic Ocean and a sailing club as well as a castle and shops and restaurants http://oranmore.galway-ireland.ie/ 
Clarinbridge village with lovely cafes and restaruants, Moran's on the Weir a well know seafood restaurant with views of the water is just 15 minutes from our house http://clarinbridge.galway-ireland.ie/
Kinvarra village on the Atlantic ocean with castle, traditional pubs with music, cafes, 25 mins drive. http://www.galwaytourist.com/towns/kinvara/
Surfing at Lahinch or Fanore, County Clare 1 hrs drive.http://www.lahinchsurfschool.com/   http://www.surfschool.tv/
Two famous festivals in Galway in July - The Galway Arts Festival http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/ and The Galway Races http://www.galwayraces.com/
 
Bunratty Castle 50 mins drive (direction Limerick)http://www.shannonheritage.com/Attractions/BunrattyCastleFolkPark/
The Burren Limestone Mountain Region beside the Atlantic Ocean 30 mins drive. http://www.burrennationalpark.ie/
Horse riding with organic restaurant (Slieve Aughty Centre) is 40 mins away.
Numerous golf courses nearby including: Oranmore, Gort, Loughrea and top class links courses at Lahinch and Doonbeg.  All within 1 hr drive.

 

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 2 Children
  • 6 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • University Teacher
  • Geologist

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sleeping Capacity: 5
  • Living Area: 175 m2
  • Total Area: 748 m2

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Long-term exchange wanted
  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Toys and games
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Other musical instruments

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Park / playground
  • Bicycles: 4

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Montenegro
  • Croatia
  • Portugal
  • Europe
  • Galicia, Spain
  • Basque Country, Spain
  • Austria
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Deutsch

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Shannon / Dublin - 1hr / 2hrs

Things to do: You can play tennis for free, visit the castle in the centre of town, go to the playground (with a ruined Abbey opposite), there is a hurling stadium in the centre of town to watch traditional Irish sport, there is Athenry Golf Club 5 mins drive away, pitch and putt in nearby Esker, Galway Equestrian Centre is 10 mins away offering horseriding lessons and treks, Loughrea Lake is a blue flag swimming lake 20 mins away, Monivea Woods for walking 9km away, Rinville Park with a sailing club, playground, woods, golf club and atlantic ocean 20 mins away, eco equestrian centre, restaraunt and walking trails Slieve Aughty Riding Centre 30 mins away.

Supermarkets: In Athenry town there is a big supermarket called Joyces, but it can be more expensive. There are 2 butchers, a bakery (The Old Barricks), a fruit and veg shop, two banks with ATMs, several cafes, lots of pubs serving food and Irish music in the evenings, and takeaways.
In Oranmore there are several supermarkets Aldi (beside the castle and atlantic ocean!) , Lidl, Tesco and Joyces.
In Loughrea there is a nice Irish supermarket called Supervalu and an Aldi beside it.

Links: http://www.athenrygolfclub.net/

https://www.redemptoristsesker.ie/what-we-do/our-pitch-putt-course/

http://galwayequestrian.com/
http://slieveaughtycentre.com/
https://www.galwaybaygolfresort.com/

Occupation

  • University Teacher
  • Geologist

Children

  • Girl - Age: 16
  • Girl - Age: 14

Pets

  • We have a minature schnauzer dog but you do not need to look after her. We don't mind looking after cats!

References

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