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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

Brigits Garden - Galway
Brigit's Garden & Cafe
Oughterard, Co. Galway
Jenny Beale's beautiful themed garden near Oughterard reflects the Celtic festivals and, in addition to woodland trails, ring fort and stone chamber and has a café that is worth a visit in its own right. A walk through the gardens is a ...
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Golf

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Galway Bay Golf Club
Oranmore, Co. Galway
Course Type: Links / Parkland
Located near the village of Oranmore just outside Galway City the Galway Bay Golf Resort is essentially parkland by the sea, bordered as it is on three sides by the Atlantic. But the absence of trees makes it even more exposed to the elements tha ...
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Self Catering

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Kinvara Suites
Kinvara, Co. Galway
"The luxury of a hotel suite, the privacy and freedom of home together with a beautiful design." Kinvara suites are situated within a newly converted 18th century stone hayloft. They are set back from the road in a secluded garden in ...
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Loughrea Market - Co Galway - Thursday
Loughrea Market - Thursdays 10am - 2pm

Barrack Street. Loughrea, Co Galway

Contact: Padraig/Úna Ní Bhroin, Beechlawn Organic Farm - Tel:(090) 964 67 ...
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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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Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Galway City, Co. Galway
Originally an eighteenth century residence, Glenlo Abbey is just two and a half miles from Galway city yet, beautifully located on a 138-acre estate, with lovely views over Lough Corrib and its own golf course and Pavilion, it offers all the adva ...
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