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Encyclopedia > County Galway
County Galway
Contae na Gaillimhe
Coat of arms of County Galway
Location
Statistics
Province: Connacht
County Town: Galway
Code: G (GY proposed)
Area: 6,148 km²
Population (2006) 231,035 (including Galway City); 159,052 (without Galway City)
Website: www.galway.ie

County Galway ('Contae na Gaillimhe' in Irish) is located on the west coast of Ireland. It is in the Irish province of Connacht. The county takes its name from the city of Galway, which is the county's capital. It is the second largest county in Ireland, after County Cork. There are several strongly Irish-speaking areas in the west of the county. Image File history File links Logogalwayco. ... map File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... During late Gaelic and early historic times Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the tuatha. ... Connaught redirects here. ... A county town is the capital of a county in Ireland or the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ... A number plate for a car registered in 2001 in County Dublin Index marks on Number plates in the Republic of Ireland issued since 1987 have the format YY-CC-SSSSSS where the components are: YY — a 2-digit year (e. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... A compass rose with west highlighted This article refers to the cardinal direction; for other uses see West (disambiguation). ... Rugged coastline of the West Coast of New Zealand The coast is defined as the part of the land adjoining or near the ocean. ... During late Gaelic and early historic times Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the tuatha. ... Connaught redirects here. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ...


The county comprises a number of distinct territories which predate the formation of the county by the English colonial administration in Ireland in the late 1500s. The major ones are Iar Connacht 'West Connacht', which covers the portion of the county (and also a small part of County Mayo) west of Loch Corrib and which contains Connemara in the far west and Joyce Country in the north-west. The territory of Aidhne lies in the south of the county and is coextensive with the diocese of Kilmacduagh. The territory of Uí Mhaine or Tír Maine covers most of the east of the county but also covers south County Roscomman. Maigh Seola covers the portion of the county along the eastern side of Loch Corrib. A number of inhabited islands are administered by the county; they include Oileáin Árann (Aran Islands) and Inis Bó Fine (Inishbofin). Iar Chonnachta (longer form - Iarthar Chonnachta) (alternative spelling- Iar Chonnacht) covers the portion of County Galway west of Loch nOirbsean (Loch Corrib) and the Gaillimh / Galway River (better known as the River Corrib) and the portion of County Mayo in the barony of Ross. ... Connemara (Irish Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea), is a district in the west of Ireland (County Galway). ... Aidhne also known as, Uí Fhiachrach Aidhne, Maigh Aidhne / Maigh nAidhne (Plain (of) Aidhne) was the territory of the Ui Fiachrach Aidhne, a tuath (notribal kingdom) located in the south of what is now County Galway in the south of Connacht, Ireland. ... Maigh Seola was a term used to describe the land along the east shore of Lough Corrib, bounded by the river Clare which formed the border with the Hy-Many vassel kingdom of Soghain. ... The Aran Islands (Irish: Na hOileáin Árann) are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. ... Inishbofin (Inis Bo Finne in Irish, meaning Island of the White Cow) is an island lying about 8 kilometers off the coast of Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. ...


County Galway is home to Lough Corrib (the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland) the Na Beanna Beola (Twelve Bens) mountain range, Na Sléibhte Mhám Toirc (the Maum Turk mountains), and the low mountains of Sliabh Echtghe (Slieve Aughty). Bencorr from across Lough Inagh Benbaun from north of Lough Inagh The Twelve Bens or Twelve Pins (Irish Na Beanna Beola) is a picturesque mountain range in Connemara in the west of Ireland. ...


The population of the county as a whole at the April 2006 census was 231,052; however, when the city of Galway, which forms a separate administrative unit, was excluded, the population of the area under the control of Galway County Council was 159,052. April 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Events 1 April 2006 (Saturday) Marcos Pontes, Brazils first astronaut, reaches the International Space Station. ... In the British Isles, a county council is a council that governs a county. ...

Contents

Towns and villages in County Galway

Ardrahan (Ard Raithin in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Athenry (Irish: Átha an Rí) is an agricultural town in County Galway, Ireland. ... Aughrim (Eachroim, or “horse ridge” in Irish) is a small village in County Galway, Republic of Ireland. ... It has been suggested that Ballinasloe Town Council be merged into this article or section. ... Ballyconneely (Baile Conaola in Irish) is a small village in the west of the Connemara region, County Galway, Republic of Ireland. ... Ballygar (Béal Átha Ghártha in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Ballymoe (Béal Átha Mó in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Ballynahinch (Irish: Baile na hInch) is a town in County Galway, Ireland. ... Barna (Bearna in Irish) is a suburban village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Bealadangan (Béal an Daingin in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Camus (Camas in Irish) is a village in the Connemara Gaeltacht in the west of Ireland. ... Carraroe (Irish An Cheathrú Rua, the red quarter) is a large village in County Galway, Ireland. ... East View of Claregalway Friary Claregalway (Irish: Baile Chláir) is a village situated about 10km from the city of Galway in County Galway, Ireland. ... Clarinbridge (Droichead an Chláirín in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Cleggan (An Cloigeann in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... View of Clifden from Church Hill Clifden (in Irish, An Clochán meaning bee-hive cell) is a town on the coast of County Galway, Ireland. ... Clonbur (An Fhairche in Irish) is a Gaeltacht village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Corr na Móna is a thinly populated area in the Gaeltacht of north County Galway. ... Corofin (Cora Finne in Irish) is a small village in north-east County Galway in the Republic of Ireland. ... Casla, (less commonly known by its English name, Costelloe) is a village in the Irish speaking area of western County Galway between Inveran and Kinvara. ... Craughwell (Creachmhaoil in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Dunmore (Dún Mór in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Furbo (Na Forbacha in Irish) is a village in Connemara in County Galway which lies along the coast between Barna and Spiddal. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Glenamaddy (Gleann na Madadh in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Gort (Irish: Gort Inse Guaire or An Gort) is a town in south County Galway in the west of Ireland. ... Headford (Irish: Ath Cinn) is a town in County Galway, Republic of Ireland, located just north of Galway city in the West of Ireland. ... Hollygrove or sometime Holly Grove is a town in Athleague parish, Killeroran district, Killian barony, Union of Mountbellew, in County Galway, Ireland. ... Inveran or Inverin (Indreabhán in Irish) is a Gaeltacht village in Connemara between Spiddal and Casla in County Galway, Ireland. ... Kilconnell (Cill Chonaill in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Kilkieran (Irish: Cill Chiaráin) is a village in County Galway, Republic of Ireland, located in the west of the county, along the west coast of Ireland. ... Kilronan is the principal town on the island of Inis Mór in the Aran Islands off the west cost of Ireland. ... Kinvara (Irish: Cinn Mhara, meaning head of the sea), a sea port village located in the south of County Galway in the province of Connacht on the west coast of Ireland. ... Laurencetown (An Baile Mór in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Leenaun (Irish An Líonán), sometimes Leenane, is a picturesque village in County Galway, beside Killary Harbour, Irelands only fjord and on the northern edge of Connemara. ... Letterfrack (Leitir Fraic in Irish) is a small village in Connemara in Ireland founded by the Quakers in the mid-19th century. ... Lettermore (Leitir Móir in Irish) is a Gaeltacht village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Loughrea (Baile Locha Riach in Irish) is a town in County Galway, Ireland. ... Maam Cross (An Teach Dóite in Irish) is a Gaeltacht village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Maum (An Mám in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Monivea (Muine Mheá in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Moycullen (Maigh Cuilinn in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Muckanaghederdauhaulia (Irish Muiceanach idir Dhá Sháile - pig-shaped hill between two seas) is a village in the Connemara Gaeltacht between Camus and Carraroe, in County Galway, Ireland. ... Newbridge is a small rural village located in County Galway in the Republic of Ireland. ... Oranmore (Irish: Uaráin Mhóir) is a small village in County Galway on the outskirts of Galway City in Ireland. ... Oughterard (Uachtar Ard in Irish) is a small town on the banks of the Owenriff River close to the south shore of Lough Corrib in County Galway, Ireland. ... Portumna (Port Omna in Irish) is a town in County Galway, Ireland, on the border with County North Tipperary. ... Recess (Sraith Salach in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Rosmuck (Irish name Ros Muc) is a village in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of County Galway, Ireland, halfway between the town of Clifden and the city of Galway. ... Rossaveal (Ros an Mhil in Irish) is a fishing village in Connemara, Ireland, and the main ferryport for the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. ... Roundstone (Irish: Cloch na Rón) is a village in Connemara, County Galway, Republic of Ireland, located on the west coast of Ireland. ... Spiddal or Spiddle (An Spidéal in Irish) is a town on the shore of Galway Bay in County Galway in the Republic of Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Turloughmore (An Turlach Mór in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Woodford (An Ghráig in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ...

History

The first inhabitants in the Galway area arrived over 7000 years ago. Shell middens tell us about the existence of people as early as 5000 BC. A midden, or kitchen midden, is a dump for domestic waste. ...


With the arrival of Christianity many monasteries were built. This article is becoming very long. ... Monastery of St. ...


See also

Connacht Irish is the dialect of the Irish language spoken in the province of Connacht. ... The Galway County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe) or Galway GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Galway. ...

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