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

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

Ballinrobe Golf Club - Ballinrobe County Mayo Ireland
Ballinrobe Golf Club
Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Course Type: Parkland
The Championship Parkland Golf Course at Ballinrobe Golf Club is considered by some, including Padraig Harrington, to be one of the finest in Ireland. Cloonacastle Estate, which dates back to 1238, became the new home for Ballinrobe Golf Club ...

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 ...

What's On

Mountbellew Local Food Market - Co Galway - Wednesday
Mountbellew Local Food Market - Wednesdays 11am - 5pm

Mountbellew, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Contact: info@ballinasloe.com www.ballinasloefood.com/mountbellew.html

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 ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Clonalis House
Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Clonalis House is set amid peaceful parklands and stands on the land that has been the home of the O’Conors of Connacht for 1,500 years. The present house is a 45-roomed Victorian Italianate mansion and could seem a little daunting on arriv ...
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