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Tuam stands at the crossing-point of ancient roads which meet at the Market Square in the heart of the town. This key location has encouraged continual development over the centuries. Tuam’s origins stretch back nearly a thousand years. By the beginning of the 12th century it had become the political and ceremonial centre of Connacht; Ireland’s western province. Today,  Tuam is a market town with about 6,000 people. It lies 32km north of Galway City on the N17.

With recent developments, Tuam is once again reaching the population levels it had in the 1830s, before the Great Famine and the emigration that followed in its wake. The Census of 1831 listed 6,883 inhabitants. The size and level of importance is reflected in the civic and commercial buildings we see around the Market Place and in Shop Street.

Tuam was once - albeit briefly - designated as the Capital of Ireland, and was the political and cultural centre of Connacht throughout the medieval period. In more recent times the fabric of Tuam town has been shaped by waves of prosperity and development driven by the local inhabitants who established tanneries, breweries and fabric mills throughout the town. Many of the town’s historic features reflect the development of its commerce and industry, including Bishop Street bridge, the Market House in Town Square, and Waterslade House on the banks of the Nanny, while the Cathedrals and the history of the Tuam Market Cross are strong links to it’s ecclesiastical origins. Today , Tuam’s economy is still driven by local enterprise, with the majority of business in the town being owned and operated locally, with  some successful and long running family traditions. As well as its diverse cultural and archaeological heritage, Tuam also has a rich natural heritage within the town and in the surrounding area.

The section of the river Nanny flowing through the town is an important trout nursery, supporting recreation and tourism, while the town also hosts large number of some of Ireland’s rarer fauna, including birds such as the Barn Owl, and bats which have roosted in the Cathedrals for centuries.

Today Tuam is still a major hub for travellers through the borders, Midlands and Western region. In the past decade, and perhaps most noticeably in the last 5 years, the town has seen major expansion.

With this expansion has come a huge increase in the range of retailers and restaurants, and the products and services they provide. Top quality organic meat and vegetables are available in a range of specialist shops and weekly and monthly farmer’s markets. For those intent on a bit of retail therapy, the number of excellent clothes and footwear shops continues to increase.  Plus, there is an award winning bridal boutique.

Of course, no shopping trip can ever be complete without some refreshments to keep the body and soul together, and in Tuam there is no shortage of options. There are a number of great Chinese, Indian, and Italian Restaurants, plus many others offering more traditional fare. with a modern twist, you can be sure that Tuam can cater for all taste buds. With everything within walking distance and plenty of parking options, the town centre is easily accessible on foot. Despite the expansion the town has seen in these most recent years, it is hard to believe the town still has less inhabitants than it did at the end of the 19th Century, when it was a major market town. In the intervening years, there was a Livestock Market at the Fairgreen, a General Market in The Square, a Turf Market in The Shambles and a Banbh (Bonnive) at Temple Jarlath. Many of the market traditions still exist and though some of  the former market places are no longer in use or have been developed for other uses, there are plans afoot to revive some of these traditions for local food producers and traders. Earwigs Arts Festival in late August, and Traditional Festival in September.

Trace your roots. The Galway genealogy service provides comprehensive information at their centre on the Tuam/Galway road.
Tel: 091 756737

A broad spectrum of courses are available over the winter months at Gardenfield House, Tuam covering a full range of crafts and skills. Small groups, expert tuition and good fun!

The area known as the Corrib Country region is undoubtedly one of the prime fishing areas in the whole of Ireland. With thousands of acres of lakes and miles of rivers, the waters have remained unpolluted with the restoration of stock taking place regularly.

Main Lakes: Lough Corrib, Lough Mask, Lough Inagh, Lough Achlaureen.
Main Rivers: Clare, Robe, Black, Grange, Abbert.
Course Fishing: Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Tench, Eels, Pike.
Game Fishing: Salmon, Sea and Rainbow Trout

Cycling enthusiasts can choose from a variety
of scenic or heritage routes which uncovers some of the oldest sites in the region. Maps and routes available in the tourist office.

A cruise on Lough Corrib takes in the spectacular scenery and the incredible mountain range of Connemara while covering the beautiful coastline and many islands on Lough Corrib.

Farm Visits
Enjoy tea and scones while visiting one of
our local open farms.

Turf cutting
Discover the history, flora and fauna of our boglands on a turfcutting demonstration available from the end of February to June annually - Groups only.