Given that my trip to Galway revolved around a funeral, I will have bizarrely lighthearted memories of a fun few nights at Barnacles. I don't know if it was just the few days in question, but the kitchen area set-up was very conducive to meeting people and sharing grapes that had been stomped and then immediately bottled without being allowed time to undergo any processing by the unicellular organism yeast.
Staff were very nice and helpful in general. While I'm not at all criticising any individual staff member, I do not see why the entire complement of staff should not be Irish. My own, admittedly somewhat controversial, interpretation is that Barnacles is a part of the Irish tourism industry, and that there's no reason why any employee at the guest/staff interface should not be as local as possible. Staff were flucking sound in fairness though.
One thing I was told by a staff member is that anyone wishing to stay on for a few days is given a trial period of a night first to ensure genialty of manner. I felt, however, that this only applied to Irish people who are evidently booking in for reasons more functional than touristic in nature. While this is understandable, I feel I must make a broader point regarding apparent disdain in this country for those who seem a bit scruffy or not particularly affluent, and how regrettable and strange this is in these times especially. This to me smacks of characteristic Irish deference to an attitudinal yoke.
Prices for shist seem scabby (e.g. €2.50 for ear plugs), and I think there might be a late checkout charge I managed to evade (why does everyone running hotels in general insist on everyone adopting a farmer's lifestyle in terms of getting up?). Prices for rooms were just about acceptable though.
I slept reasonably well (though a general insomniac), but heard a few people complain about difficulty sleeping.
Ultimately a decent auld stay :-)
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