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Claregalway is located approximately 12km from the bright lights of Galway City, on the junction of N17 (Galway/Sligo) and N18 (Dublin/Limerick) routes and 3km from Galway International Airport. Given its location, Claregalway has taken advantage of its prime site for development, growing from a quite agricultural village on the western sea board, to a dynamic, vibrant location & one of the fastest growing towns in Ireland. Although Claregalway town has expanded substantially over the years, it still holds great respect & admiration for its culture & history, as is evidenced by the many historical sites located around the town.
 
Claregalway Castle County Galway Ireland Franciscan Friary Claregalway County Galway Ireland
 
Franciscan Abbey
Claregalway is home to the ruins of a Franciscan Abbey (above right) built by John de Cogan in 1290. It was 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.
The nave of this rectangular church has a north aisle of four bays. Only the aisle arcade is still in place. The west wall of the church is also missing. The south wall is lit by four short lancets and one small two-light window. There are also three plain tomb niches in this wall and a piscina with round basins.
 
Claregalway Castle

Claregalway Castle (above left), on the river Clare, another 15c Clanricard castle. The massive square keep of a de Burgo Castle which figured in Norman Warfare with the O' Flaherty's. The Barony of Clare had 33 castles at time of the 1585 survey. The 2 principal demesnes were Claregalway and Corofin. Both protect major crossings of Clare river on road linking Galway city with North and East and share many similarities (portcullis revetment, box machioli on all 4 sides etc). A number of unusual features include portcullis shaft protecting entrance, surviving clues for structure of portcullis windlass, continuous corbelling to support first floor timbers, abundant evidence for internal partitioning.
 

Nine Arches Bridge in Claregalway County Galway Ireland
The Nine Arches Bridge at Claregalway

Carnmore Airport
Located just 3km from Claregalway and 6km from the City Centre, Galway Airport is ideally positioned, whether you are visiting on business or taking advantage of the uniqueness that is Galway and the West of Ireland.

 

 
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