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Galway in Legend

Prior to the arrival of the Normans, Galway was known as Ballinshruane, or the town of the little streams. It is supposed that it received the name Galliamh on account of the Gall an indiscriminate term used by the native Irish for all foreigners. Galway became known as Ballinagall or the foreigner’s town or fortification. However, legend has it that it took its name from the river in which the daughter of Breasail drowned. It is said that Galva was drowned near a rock in the river and the town received its name in her honour.