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 ...

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 ...

Self Catering

Selfcatering
Railway Cottage
Oughterard, Co. Galway
Railway Lodge is an exceptional country home, in the heart of Western Ireland's Connemara mountainous region. It takes its name from the nearby disused Galway to Clifden railway which closed in 1936. It was 60 years later, in 1996, that the Lodge ...

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

Tourist Attractions

Galway Atlantaquaria - Galway Aquarium - Salthill Galway Ireland
Galway Atlantaquaria
Galway City, Co. Galway
Galway Atlantaquaria, the National Aquarium of Ireland is the largest aquarium in Ireland and seeks to present a comprehensive view of the world of water through clear and interesting displays, informed helpful staff and exciting live presentatio ...

Wedding Venues

Ashford Castle - Wedding Venue Cong County Mayo Ireland
Ashford Castle
Cong, Co. Mayo
Ireland’s grandest castle hotel, with a history going back to the early 13th century, Ashford is set in 350 acres of manicured gardens and beautiful parkland and - if a stunning setting, grandeur and tranquillity are among the criteria - it ...
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