Information Clarinbridge Ireland
The location enables tidal flow into the estuary, encouraging and fostering oyster cultivation while protecting the area and its oyster fishermen from the worst excesses of the sometimes stormy Atlantic weather. The oyster festival usually takes place in the second week of September and features a variety of entertainments and events at which the bivalve molluscs can be either sampled or gorged upon. There is an oyster opening competition – competitors must open a set number of oysters in a given time period. Other entertainments include gigs and concerts by traditional or local musicians, dances and many food related events such as buffets and seafood themed nights. Irish celebrities have been known to make guest appearances. Children are catered for at various events too, with discos and fancy dress parties, festival activities of various themes, and a children’s menu at any number of the festivities in case the younger family members are picky about seafood. A gala ball is another highlight of the festival. Some history of the town: The Reddington (or Redington) family owned much of the property in the village and the surrounding lands. This family had a tradition of public service, serving as members of parliament and showing a great degree of charity during the potato famine. Clarinbridge, meanwhile, was originally a market village. Its economy was encouraged by the Reddingtons, who donated a plot of land for the purpose, where a wall was built to surround it and trees planted. The town market today features arts and crafts of various kinds.
Attractions Clarinbridge Ireland
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.
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.