I visited Oranmore one night to stay with a friend. She commutes by bus to GMIT every morning for class. It is maybe 5-10 minutes away depending on the traffic. It is a hidden gem. What a cute little town on the water with many shops, restaurants, and even a castle. My friend and I went to the Porter house and it was superb so I would recommend that for dinner. It was fun walking around seeing more unique parts of a small town. Looking around I really felt like this is what Ireland is all about. If your in Galway city and want to check it out yourself you can ride the 404 bus to Oranmore from the Erye square.