Tuam, Co. Galway

Tuam (Irish: Tuaim) is a small town in County Galway. Tuam gets its name from the Tumulus - a bronze age burial ground - on which the town is built. It was established in the 5th century when St Jarlath founded a monastery here, stopping when a wheel broke on his chariot.

The O'Connor Kings, Turlough and Ruari, lived here In the 11th century. Turlough built a castle and an abbey which later became a cathedral. All that remains is part of the wall of their castle, a stone throne known as the chair of Tuam, and the O'Connor name.

The people of Tuam claim it is the smallest city in the world based on the presence of a cathedral, one of the original definitions of what constitutes a city. However, despite Tuam's two cathedrals, it is officially a town. Moreover, the city of St. David's in Wales has a smaller population and is officially a city.

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

Castlebar Golf Club - Castlebar County Mayo Ireland
Castlebar Golf Club
Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Course Type: Parkland
Castlebar Golf Club boasts one of the finest golf courses in Ireland. Recently redesigned and remodelled, Castlebar Golf Club offers a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. With stunning background scenery, Castlebar Golf Club will pro ...
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Self Catering

The Courtyard at Clonalis - Castlerea County Roscommon Ireland
The Courtyard at Clonalis
Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Standing on the land that has been the home of the O’Conors of Connacht for 1,500 years, this 45-room Victorian Italianate mansion may seem a little daunting on arrival, but it’s magic - and the hospitable owners, Pyers and Marguerite ...
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What's On

Claremorris Country Market - Co Mayo - Fridays
Claremorris Country Market - Friday 10am-2pm

Town Hall, Claremorris, Co Mayo

Contact: Alma Gallagher 094 937 1830
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Tourist Attractions

Aughnanure Castle - Oughterard County Galway Ireland
Aughnanure Castle
Oughterard, Co. Galway
Built by the O'Flahertys - one of Connacht's most notable lord families - c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. The castle is a particularly well-preserved example of one of over 200 Iris ...
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Wedding Venues

Lisloughrey Lodge - Cong County Mayo Ireland
The Lodge at Ashford
Cong, Co. Mayo
Set in the grounds of Ashford Castle, The Lodge at Ashford enjoys one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland, with views down Lough Corrib and, adding interest in the foreground, Lisloughrey Quay with small boats in the harbour and its old st ...
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