Juno and Juliet – Galway, Ireland – Julian Gough

juno and juliet

Why the booktrail?

University life in Galway makes for a nice literary journey. Especially if you were going to go there but didn’t – now you can!

Story in a nutshell

A romantic comedy, this novel features the characters Juno and Juliet, 18 year-old blonde twin sisters, who arrive at university in Galway from their Tipperary home, and each set off on a romantic odyssey.

Place and setting

The National University of Ireland in Galway Eyre Square - where they have arrived at the start of the book off the bus The bedsite in New Road Renmore - suburb of Galway where Mrs Flannery lives a mile from the docks
The National University of Ireland in Galway
Eyre Square – where they have arrived at the start of the book off the bus
The bedsite in New Road
Renmore – suburb of Galway where Mrs Flannery lives a mile from the docks

Aah those university days – perfectly captured here in the witty tale of two sisters who attend university and head straight first into their days of independence and freedom –

“We spent out first night in Galway in sleeping bags on the living room floor”

Galway is a small town with a large university so many people turn up to find a place to live. Juno and juliet turn up a week before and apparently that is late. Yes, well,  that sounds very familiar indeed. The bit with the sleeping bags too. Oh and the classic line –

A lucky few had parents with the foresight to give birth to them in Galway

The feelings of panic, sheer disbelief at being away from home and knowing that this will be home for the next however many years. The sheer number of people milling about looking as if they know what they are doing and you’re the only one that doesn’t. The tea and sympathy given to the who sisters is in very great demand.

The moment they find the flat will elicit a cheer as it’s been quite a journey and this is only the very first step.

The love affair with Galway begins and everything is seen through the eyes of two young sisters who cannot wait to start really living and really enjoying their new city.

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