Galway is served by three international airports with frequent bus connections.
It is advisable to book your bus ticket in advance. There is also a rail link to Galway from Heuston station in Dublin city centre.
For Irish visa information, please visit www.inis.gov.ie. It is advised to apply for a visa 8 weeks before travelling. If you require an invitation letter for visa purposes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with all your details (including title of paper, if you will be giving a presentation).