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Meet Your Host - Bridie Ward

Meet Bridie Ward, your host at the delightful Arches Bed and Breakfast in County Galway. Bridie got into the B&B business 23 years ago and has welcomed visitors to her door from all over the world. We caught up with Bridie for our weekly Meet Your Host interview and got a chance to find out everything there is to know about the welcoming host and her home. Check it out below!

What are the hidden gems close to your home?

Connemara is a must when you're visiting Galway. It's one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places and the locals are very welcoming to visitors. Glengowla Mines is another hidden gem that I would recommend visiting. We're only 10km from this family attraction which has guided tours, a museum and shop. We're also just a stones throw from Galway City which is home to some great restaurants and bars.

What is your favourite guest story?

We had four guests from the U.S stay with us for 3 nights (husband and wife, daughter and her friend) and we had such great fun with them. The daughter was getting married in 3 weeks and she promised to send part of her bouquet to us as a token from the wedding. Sure enough 2 weeks after her wedding, a collection of dried flowers arrived in the post! They were such lovely guests!

What is your signature dish/food?

Of course the full Irish is always popular but I offer a delicious fruit dish topped with cream, blueberries, blackberries along with yoghurt and cheese. It's a really healthy and tasty alternative that keeps growing in popularity.

Is there anything about your home that is quirky?

We have some very interesting photos throughout the house and the photo in the corridor grabs the most attention among guests. The photo dates back to 1929 of my father-in-law Michael Ward and his team mates after they won the Galway Regatta. Michael was the last of the Great Menlo Emmets who were Irish rowing champions from 1929 - 1932. Crews from all over Ireland faced them with great respect and, of course, with fear!

Have you ever had any famous guests?

We had the pleasure of having the late Michael O'leary stay with us. Michael was the leader of the Labour Party and stayed with us while enjoying the Galway Races.

What is your favourite thing about the area you live in?

The Arches is located in the Galway countryside but we're also only 4km from Galway city so guests get the best of both world's. The countryside is peaceful and beautiful with Woodstock Woods at the back of our home, while Galway city is fun and vibrant. We're very lucky!

When you are not looking after your guests what is your favourite thing to do?

I enjoy going on walks and I love to read too. I'm also a member of an ICA group in Galway where we are very involved in our community and we travel throughout the year.

What are your top three attractions in this country?

  • Connemara
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Aran Islands

We would like to thank Bridie for taking time out to take part in our Meet Your Host interview. If you'd like to find out more on Mary and William's home make sure to check out The Arches Bed and Breakfast..

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Posted: 24 Jul 2015 by Niall McKee | with 0 comments

Tags: B&B Hosts, Galway

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