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DAY 2

12:00 Drink lots of caffeine with your free continental breakfast at the Galway City Hostel (beds from £12pn), then head over to Salthill Prom.

This seaside promenade, which runs from the edge of Galway City to the suburb of Salthill and is the longest in Ireland, is always buzzing.

Take a stroll and gawp open-mouthed as brave/ crazy types jump from the concrete high diving board on the promenade into the chilly Atlantic. Then settle on one of the sandy beaches along the prom and let the lapping waves soothe away your hangover.

16:00  After a lazy day, get back in the saddle and sink a Guinness or two in Cooke’s Thatch Bar (2 Newcastle Road). This cosy little thatched-roof affair is renowned for the quality of its black stuff.

Stomach settled? Treat yourself to a fish supper at McDonagh’s (22 Quay Street), served up at communal wooden benches for about £6.

19:00 If you fancy a break from the booze, try the Druid Theatre, which puts on new and classic Irish plays in what was once an old tea warehouse.

Still pumped to party? Bierhaus (2 Henry Street) boasts a massive selection of brews and live DJ sets. Pity your liver.

Flights from London to Dublin start at about £53 return with Ryanair  ryanair.com The train from Dublin to Galway takes three hours. Tickets start from £25 return  irishrail.ie

Photos: Failte Ireland, Joe O Shaughnessy, Thinkstock, Hany Marzouk

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