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Claregalway, Co. Galway

Claregalway (Irish: Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe or Baile an Chláir) is a village situated about 10km from the city of Galway. It was founded on the banks of the River Clare, hence the derivation of its name: Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe meaning "town on the Clare, in Galway". Baile an Chláir lies within the Gaeltacht and traditionally most of the locals would have only spoken English as a second language. An influx of new residents over the last thirty years has meant that most residents now rarely, if ever, speak Irish.

The ruins of a Franciscan abbey built by John de Cogan in 1290 were one of the most beautiful of its kind in the country. The church consists of nave, choir, north aisle and transept, surmounted by a graceful tower, of which parts remain in good state of preservation. The archers under the tower are particularly beautiful, as are the windows and arcades. The old castle near by, with its massive square tower, was built by the de Burghs

Baile an Chláir hosts an annual drama festival and is home to numerous sporting clubs. Claregalway Parish is one of the largest in the county and includes a number of townlands (small clusters of houses) some of the bigger being Carnmore, Lydican, Lough George and Cregboy. Lydican is notable as the origin of the Irish ancestors (Patrick Lynch) of Che Guevara.

Gardens

Ashford Castle - Cong County Mayo Ireland
Ashford Castle Hotel & Gardens
Cong, Co. Mayo
Ireland’s grandest castle hotel, with a history going back to the early 13th century, Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres of parkland, and anyone who loves beautiful surroundings will be thrilled to stay here - or even simply call in for a m ...
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Golf

Glenlo Abbey Golf Club - Galway City County Galway Ireland
Glenlo Abbey Golf Club
Galway City, Co. Galway
Course Type: Parkland
This unique 9 Hole Double Green Golf Course offers a challenging test to all golfers. A lake side golf course, although fair to the beginner can also be a great test to the low handicapper. With the many lakes, trees, large greens, and the wi ...
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Self Catering

Bayview Apartment - Self Catering in Cong County Mayo Ireland
Bayview Apartment
Cong, Co. Mayo
Beautifully situated on the shores of Lough Corrib in the grounds of Ashford Castle, this brand new 2 bedroom apartment sleeps up to 7 people and would be equally suitable for a family holiday or a romantic getaway. It’s only 10 minutes ...
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What's On

Ballyvaughan Farmers Market - County Clare - Saturdays High Season
Ballyvaughan Farmers Market

Village Hall Car Park

Saturdays: 10am - 2pm (May to October)

Contact: Tracey Kelly 065 707 6963  ballyvaughanfarmersmarket@eircom.net
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Tourist Attractions

Aillwee Cave - Ballyvaughan County Clare Ireland
Aillwee Cave
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
Visitors to this 2-million-year-old cave will see more than the amazing illuminated tunnels and waterfalls, for there is also much of interest to food lovers - at the Farm Shop, for example, you can watch the award winning Burren Gold Cheese bei ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Cloghan Castle
Gort, Co. Galway
Between Gort and Loughrea, just outside the village of Kilchreest, this fully restored 800 year old castle makes a wonderfully atmospheric venue for a wedding. The castle is available for exclusive self-catering hire only, for a minimum of 24 hou ...
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