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From wild horses to Elvis: A tour of Galway street art in 11 photos

A concise guide to the imagery around the City of Tribes.

FROM PASTEL-HUED murals on abandoned buildings, ceramic sculptures plastered on white-washed walls and portraits on electrical boxes, Galway city has countless canvases ideal for colourful works of public art. 

Here are twelve vibrant pieces of street art found across the city.

1. A bright spectrum of colour makes this geometric portrayal of wild horses by Shane O’Malley stand out along the Riverwalk

2. A simple monochrome line drawing pasted on an electrical box promoting women’s equality

3. A collection of ceramic faces mounted on a wall in Galway city centre

4. The mural of musical legends – featuring Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and Rory Gallagher – on the side of Sally Longs pub

5. ‘We should be kind while there is still time’: Finbar McHugh’s painting inspired by Philip Larkin’s poem The Mower

6. Nora Barnacle and a copy of Ulysses in the heart of Galway city

7. ‘But someone has missed the bend for home’, a gorgeous abstract piece by Abbeygate Street

8. A wash of pastel-hues brighten up this boarded-up building on Shop Street

9. ‘Practice random acts of kindness’, the people of Galway promoting positive attitudes via minimal graffiti

10. This shoe shop knows how to catch people’s attention passing Galway Shopping Centre

11. A stunning seaside view spotted in Salthill

More: Step on it: 10 of Dublin’s most beautiful mosaic doorsteps>

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