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

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 ...

What's On

Castlebar Farmers Market - Co Mayo
Castlebar Farmers Market - Friday 9am - 6pm

Market Square, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Contact: Siobhan Ward   siobhan ...

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

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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