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Galway


In Irish; Contae na Gaillimhe is located in the West region of Ireland and is part of Connacht.With it’s idyllic beach-side towns and Irish speaking regions, the county boasts a rich heritage.  Galway is one of the least densely populated counties and hosts a variety of wildlife.  The region’s biodiversity is best represented in the West of the county, by Connemara National Park.


Some places to see and visit in County Galway include:


Galway Cathedral


Galway Cathedral, which was dedicated in 1965, was the last major stone cathedral to be built in Europe. Situated in the heart of Galway City, the cathedral boasts an impressive variety of interior art, these include statues, mosaics and stained glass.


Rinville Park


Rinville Park is to be found just 5 minutes from the picturesque village of Oranmore. It is  created around an ancient castle, a stately home and a fine estate demesne, which dates from the 16th century.


Connemara National Park


Connemara National Park is situated in Letterfrack. It covers some 3,000 hectares of scenic mountains, bogs, heathlands, grasslands and woodlands.


Kilmacduagh Cathedral Churches and Round Tower


In the 7th century, St Colman founded the Kilmacduagh Monastery, which is situated southwest of Gort in County Galway. The site was the birthplace of the Diocese of Kilmacduagh. It contains several churches and a round tower.


Clifden Castle


In the 18th century,Clifden Castle was built by John d'Arcy in a Gothic Revival style. about 1750. The house was only lived in for about 90 years before it was abandoned in the 1840's.


Aran Islands - Inisheer - Inis Oirr


The smallest and most easterly of the Aran Islands, 8km off the coast of County Clare, Inisheer is a tranquil place and is perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxed walks.



Ballinasloe


Ballinasloe – offers the same Irish hospitality to visitors today as it did in the bygone days of saints and High Kings. Popular with returned emigrants, historians and boating enthusiasts, this “Gateway to the West” is located half-way between Dublin and Clifden and also provides an ideal M6 stopping-off point. Ballinasloe is situated 60km from Galway City and 150km from Dublin.


Clifden


Clifden, known as ‘the capital of Connemara’, is located 80kms north-west of Galway city. This delightful market town is the half-way point on the N59 road which connects Galway, the City of the Tribes and the heritage town of Westport. This route goes through Connemara and Mayo and hosts some of the most truly stunning scenery

in Ireland.


Some places to visit in Clifden include: Clifden Castle, Errislannan Manor Gardens, Whitethorn Gallery

and Dan O’ Hara’s Homestead/ Connemara Heritage and History Centre.


Galway


Galway City (Irish: Cathair na Gaillimhe) is the fourth largest city with the state and the only city in the Province of Connacht.  It is situated on the West coast of Ireland and sits on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay.


Galway is a vibrant city and is often referred to as the “real cultural capital of Ireland”.  It was originally a medieval walled settlement and is popular with visiting tourists.


Areas to see and visit in Galway City include:  Galway Cathedral, Galway City Museum, Lynch’s Castle and The Spanish Arch.


Gort


Gort (Gort Inse Guire) - 'The Field on Guire's Island', is a town founded on the settlements of former chieftains of the district. Gort is a now recognised heritage town; in the hinterland of Gort there is an amazing richness of historical places such as Kilmacduagh monastic site as well as natural curiosities and more. As Gort is adjacent to County Clare, there is a strong tradition of traditional music in the district.


Loughrea


Framed by the Slieve Aughty mountains to the south, Loughrea is positioned beside a crannog-dotted lake, under which an ancient city once stood according to local legend. One of the landmarks amongst the town’s handsome limestone buildings is Saint Brendan’s Cathedral, boasting it’s magnificent stained glass windows, where audio-tours tell of its history. Once famous for its linen, straw hat and bonnet industry, Loughrea is located off the Dublin-Galway motorway (M6) 40km from Galway city.


Some places to visit in Loughrea include: Saint Brendan’s Cathedral Museum,

Dunsandle Castle and Woods, Loughrea Castle and Woodville House Walled Garden.


Salthill


Salthill - In Irish; Bothar na Tra is a seaside area just 3 km west of Galway.  It is located within the town land of Lenaboy (an Leana Bui).  Known locally as the Prom, the 2 km long promenade overlooks Galway Bay.  Salthill is a very prosperous suburb of Galway and is a very popular tourist destination.


Things to see and do: The Salthill Promenade and Salthill Blue Flag Beach.


Tuam


Tuam (Irish; Tuaim), is 32 km north of Galway City on the N17 major route.  It is in the west of the Midlands of Ireland and stands at the crossing-point of ancient roads which meet at the Market Square in the heart of Tuam town.  The origins of Tuam stretch back almost one thousand years.  At the beginning of the 12th century, Tuam

had become the political and ceremonial centre of Connacht; Ireland’s western province.


The town of Tuam hosts some of Ireland’s rarer fauna, including birds such as the Barn Owl and also bats, which have for centuries, roosted in the cathedral’s fro centuries.


Today Tuam is a major hub for travellers through the borders, Midlands and Western region.