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Oranmore County Galway Ireland on the shores of Galway Bay
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Oranmore
, like the other towns and villages near Galway, is fast becoming a dormitory town for the city. Situated on the eastern side of Galway Bay, it lies under the shadow of a restored Clanricarde Burke castle, which saw action in the Civil and Cromwellian wars of the 17th century. Opposite it, beside the Galway road, lies a megalithic, or large stone tomb, of a type classed as a boulder dolmen, dating perhaps, to 2,000 B.C. A more recent monument, a statue of a freedom fighter, stands at the main corner in the town.

 

Oranmore Castle Oranmore County Galway

Renville PArk near Oranmore County Galway

 
Oranmore Castle

Oranmore Castle was built sometime round the fifteenth century possibly on the site of an older castle. It was a stronghold of the Clanricardes who were a prominent Norman family of Galway. In 1641 Galway was under the overlordship of the Marquess and fifth Earl Clanricarde. In March 1642 the town revolted and joined the Confederates with the Fort (St Augustin's) still holding out. Clanricarde placed a strong garrison in Orannmore castle, from which he provisioned the Fort of Galway from the sea until 1643 when Captain Willoughby Governor of Galway surrendered both fort and castle without the Marquess's consent. In 1651 the castle surrendered to the Parliamentary forces. More on Oranmore Castle

Rinville Park
Rinville park is a large public park located by the sea. The facilities include a, playground, picnic and barbecue areas. The network of walks through the woodland and open farmland, along with the scenic view of Galway Bay make it a very popular amenity area. Set in the grounds of an old stately house, many of the original structures are still in place. The facilities include a, playground, picnic and barbecue areas. The network of walks through the woodland and open farmland, along with the scenic view of Galway Bay make it a very popular amenity area. There are plans being prepared currently for the upgrading of the playground facility and it is hoped that this work will be completed in 2006.
 
Galway Airport near Oranmore County Galway James Howley Memorial Oranmore County Galway
 
Carnmore Airport

Located just 3km from Oranmore 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. The airport offers direct convenient international access to Galway City and county and of course idyllic Connemara, as well as neighbouring counties Mayo, Roscommon, Clare and Limerick. Passengers can connect at Dublin, Cardiff, London Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast City, Birmingham, Cork, Southampton, Leeds Bradford and Lorient from almost anywhere in the world to Galway and avoid having to face a long road or rail connection to their final destination in the West of Ireland.
 
James Howley Memorial
Statue of Comdt. Joseph Howley in volunteer uniform, drawing a pistol from its holster. He was involved in the struggle for Irish Independence and was killed by the British in December 1920.
 

A view of Galway Bay near Oranmore County Galway

 

 

 
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