Aughrim Development Company, in partnership with the community groups along the route, welcome you to East Galway.
This region is Ui Maine territory, hence the anglicised word Hymany, with its clans of O’Maddens and Burke’s but is dominated by the O Kelly’s. The O’ Kelly’s were so renowned for their hospitality that "Failte Ui Cheallaigh’’ or the welcome of the O’ Kelly entered into the vernacular and we say it has survived to this very day.
As we invite you into our area we too extend a Failte Ui Cheallaigh’’ to you.
We invite you to view and savour the breathtaking beauty of the majestic river Shannon, the longest river in Ireland. While you are there visit the Shannon Callows and see for yourself the diverse site of wet grass lands with its significant range of plant species and wildlife.
The rich heritage of the region is illustrated in Portumna Castle , built in 1618, on the banks of the river Shannon and located beside the Forest Park was home to the Clanricarde Burkes.
Meelick with its magnificent 15th century Franciscan Friary overlooking the River Shannon, is reputed to be the oldest church in Ireland still in use for Catholic worship.
St. Brendan’s Cathedral in Clonfert is the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s monastic history and its 12th. century unique door is one of the finest specimens of Hiberno- Romaesque work in existence.
Unless a visitor was well versed in the history of the late 17th and 18th centuries he would find it hard to believe that the communities of Aughrim traces its roots back to the bloody hills and valleys that was once the scene of the battle of Aughrim, the fiercest fight ever fought in Ireland’s turbulent and bloody history. You can relive the scene.
At our Interpretive Visitor Centre you can relieve the fateful events the Battle of Aughrim 1601 where over 7,000 people lost their lives