This topic is all over the news here in Ireland but for anyone reading this outside Ireland I just wanted to tell anyone considering a trip to Galway in the near future that there is considerable alarm at the moment about the quality of the water in the area.
Many people in the city and county have been hospitalised with stomach/gastro complaints linked to a parasite in the water. Everyone in the area is being told to boil their water before they use it and it has become a serious public health issue.
By all accounts the restaurants, pubs and hotels are really working hard to make sure that they are taking the necessary precautions but it sounds like it's a fairly serious problem and that it's not going to be fixed overnight.
Apparently it's due to out of date sewage treatment works on Lough Corrib where the city and some of the county gets its water supply so it will obviously take a long time to fix the problem and coming in to the summer it will probably get worse before it gets better.
I'm sure it's not a reason not to go to Galway but it is something visitors should be aware of before they go - especially children and people with weak immune systems.