Information claregalway Ireland
It was until recent decades a town where residents spoke English as a second language. However, an influx of fresh blood and the widespread use of English in the media and communications technology have contributed to few residents today using Irish, even in everyday speech. Claregalway is home to a Franciscan friary whose ruins are in surprisingly good condition for a thirteenth century structure. The abbey was originally commissioned by Norman conquerors, who patronised the abbey for seventy years before endowing it and its surrounding lands to the Franciscan order in 1327. Today, it still features what is left of a church, a bell tower, living quarters and a cloister. It went through hard times after the reformation of the English Church under Henry VIII. Ransacked in 1538, it was subsequently converted into barracks during Elizabeth I’s reign. In the 1640s, the Franciscans re-took control of the friary but they lacked the resources to effect much needed repairs. It is believed to have been the home of over two hundred monks in the 1760s, but even then, records indicate that the monastery was in a state of some decay. Agriculture would have fuelled the local economy in a previous era: Today, Claregalway is a commuter town of Galway City. It has a local Gaelic Sports team and a local football (soccer) team. Claregalway Parish is one of the largest parishes in Galway. Claregalway hosts an annual drama festival.
Attractions Claregalway Ireland
Amedieval town situated 23km from Galway City is steeped in history. Founded in the 13th century by Meiler de Birmingham, who surrounded the town with a curtain wall with towers and a moat. It is the only walled town in Ireland whose still-intact walls are clearly visible to the approaching visitor
Athenry Castle - Athenry
Athenry is one of the most notable medieval walled towns surviving in Ireland, owing its foundation to Meiler de Bermingham who built his Castle there c.1250. The great three-storey tower, surrounded by defensive walls, is entered at first-floor level through an unusual decorated doorway. Recently re-roofed, the interior contains an audio visual room and exhibition.
Aughnanure Castle Galway - Oughterard
Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the Castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.
Relive the bloodiest battle in Irish history fought in a small Connaught village. Move back in time and place to that fateful day in 1691 through an audio-visual show based on the moving account of Captain Walter Dalton who fought at the Battle of Aughrim.
Clifden in West Galway - Clifden
The location of the landing of the first Trans-Atlantic air crossing by Alcock and Brown. A very scenic part of Ireland.