Must-see attractions in County Galway

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    Loughrea Cathedral

    In the lakeside town of Loughrea, 42km southeast of Galway city, St Brendan’s Catholic Cathedral (not to be confused with St Brendan’s Church on Church St…

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    Lynch's Castle

    Now an AIB Bank, this excellent example of a town castle was built around 1500 (the exact date is unknown). The facade's stonework includes ghoulish…

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    Oscar Wilde & Eduard Vilde Statue

    An earnest conversation takes place between Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) and Estonian writer Eduard Vilde (1856–1933), sitting on a granite bench,…

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    Athenry Dominican Priory

    Destroyed by Cromwellian troops in 1652, these marvellous 13th-century priory ruins are only accessible by asking the Arts & Heritage Centre to send…

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    Athenry Castle

    The most imposing remnant of this restored Norman-era castle is its rectangular keep, housing the Great Hall, accessed on the 1st floor via a wooden…

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    Teampall Chaoimháin

    Named for Inisheer's patron saint, who is buried close by, the roofless 10th-century Church of St Kevin and its small cemetery perch on a tiny bluff near…

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    Spiddal Craft Village

    Watch potters, painters, jewellers and weavers plying their crafts at the Ceardlann an Spiddal Craft & Design Studios. Two-day basket-weaving workshops…

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    Browne Doorway

    Guarding the upper side of Eyre Square, this out-of-context doorway (1627) is an imposing, if forlorn, fragment from the home of one of the city's…

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    Cill Ghobnait

    This tiny 9th-century church is named after St Gobnait (locally spelt Ghobnait), who fled here from Clare to escape a family feud. Gobnait is the patron…

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    Dún Eoghanachta

    Probably built around 900 AD, Dún Eoghanachta has one towering circular wall that's 5m high, nearly 5m thick and 30m in diameter.

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    Parish Church of St Colman

    The interior of this small, charming church 300m east of the pier is illuminated by the soft light of its stained glass.

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    Cill Cheannannach

    On the eastern coastline, look out for the 8th-century Cill Cheannannach church ruins.