Welcome To Ballinasloe


Ballinasloe, from the Irish meaning “Mouth of the Ford of the Hosts” is a town in eastern Galway and historically a crossing point on the River Suck. Since 1988, it has been twinned with Chalonnes Sur Loire in France.
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Information Ballinasloe Ireland

Ballinasloe functions as a commercial centre, with hospital facilities, manufacturing and technology services, and research and development highlighted by the town council. However, sitting as it does on the River Suck, it is a popular spot for coarse angling, fishing for species other than salmon and trout. It also offers other pursuits including boating, with a marina available for use. The newly built marina accommodates traffic from the River Shannon, enabling boaters to navigate their way into the town. Golf, horse riding and shooting are also available. It has a strong Gaelic Games tradition, with its own GAA club that features football, hurling and camogie. It is significant too that the two principal employers in Ballinasloe are in the health sector and the service industry: Portiuncula and St. Brigid’s hospitals provide work for many, while Gullanes hotel provides jobs to other locals. The shoemaker Dubarry has had its base in the town since its inception in 1936. Cross Pens also had a presence in the town for many years. Ballinasloe’s patron saint is Saint Grellan. It is said that he built the first church in the area at Kilcloony, later a seat of a local baronetcy. According to his hagiography, Grellan lived contemporaneously with Saint Patrick. He was allotted a site on which to build a church by the King of Connaught after Grellan brought the king’s son back to life at baptism after he was born stillborn. October, as its name suggests, sees the October Fair. This was originally an agricultural fair, but in more recent times (since the 1700s) it has become a horse fair. As many as 100,000 visitors attend the fair every year.

Attractions Ballinasloe Ireland

Athenry - Mediaval Town with Arts and Heritage Centre - Athenry

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.

Battle of Aughrim Interpretative Centre - Aughrim

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.