Welcome to Loughrea! Whether you are planning to come to Loughrea for a break away or just the day, we are here to help you make the most of your time in the town.
The picturesque town of Loughrea is located in east County Galway, approximately 30km southeast of Galway City on the N6 primary route with a by-pass linking the town to the M6 motorway. Whether you are coming to the town from within Ireland or abroad, Loughrea is pretty easy to get to, and when you get here there is no problem getting around. Read more on Getting to Loughrea
Loughrea is a thriving Market town, with an immediate population of c.4,100 and serving a cachement area of c. 25,000. Our town is located within the boundary of the only functioning moat in Loughrea, and on the shore of Loughrea Lake of which we are proud custodians of its Blue Flag status. Steeped in Heritage, Loughrea groups such as the Loughrea Historical Society organise regular lectures throughout the year.
BUILT HERITAGE Taking a self-guided architectural walking tour around Loughrea, is like taking a trip back in time. This tour takes you past some of Loughrea’s most interesting buildings and sights and includes, amongst others, Loughrea’s Medieval Town Gate which dates from the 15th Century; Old Parish Church, built in 1821 is now the Town Library; Saint Brendan’s Cathedral stained glass windows and Clonfert Dioceasan Museum houses an important collection of objects including the oldest surviving wooden statue in the country.
Tour: Loughrea Walking Tour
NATURAL HERITAGE Loughrea’s National Heritage is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. The “Grey lake” is home to the seven springs and, reaches a maximum depth of 15 m. Internationally important numbers of Shoveler overwinter and nationally important numbers of Tufted Duck and Coot have also been reported. A further ten species of waterfowl reach regionally or locally important numbers. Mallard, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Snape, Pled wagtail, Dunlin, Jack snipe, Golden Plover amongst others. Brown Trout are present in the lake, which has been awarded the Blue Flag environmental award.
GENEALOGY Do you have connections with the town of Loughrea and or the surrounding area? Ireland Reaching Out (www.irelandxo.com) is an Irish Government-sponsored programme seeking to connect people of Irish heritage abroad with their place of origin in Ireland. By joining any of the 2,500+ parish communities online, direct genealogical assistance is available from local people in the area who also volunteer to meet those who make a return visit. This is a free service run by local parish volunteers and Ireland XO is a not-for-profit charity. Above all, Ireland XO builds on the paper trail of the records that may only get people so far, by providing that final link of local knowledge. We link directly to people from the communities of their ancestors and use their knowledge to perhaps finally discover that elusive headstone, or the spot where the ancestral home once stood, or to even seek out some long-lost cousins. We look forward to hearing from you. For up to the minute information on the Ireland XO Programme, here are some useful links for you:
MUSIC There is an active traditional Irish music scene in Loughrea with the Traditional Music School/8ú Annual Scoil Cheoil Traidisiúnta an tSamhraidh Festival, the Féile Tuohy Piping weekend (July) and a whole range of choral groups.
ARTS & LITERATURE There are also several traditional drama societies, for both young and old. Literature is also catered for with writers groups and the annual BAFFLE Festival (October).
Loughrea Medieval Festival, held annually at the end of August, is the largest medieval festival is Ireland.
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