Loughrea (/ l ɒ xr eɪ / lokh- ray Irish: Baile Locha Riach , which means “city of a gray lake”) is a city in County Galway, Ireland. The town lies north of a series of wooded hills, the Slieve Aughty mountains and lake from which it takes its name. The city is also famous for its cathedral (see Loughrea Cathedral) which dominates the city skyline. The city has expanded greatly in size in recent years as it increasingly becomes a commuter town for Galway city. [2]


The town got its name from the Loch Riach (Irish for “the gray lake”) as it is.It is also suggested that the city’s name derives from Loch Riabhach(meaning “speckled lake”). This alternative Irish name used in the name of the local Irish-language multi-religious elementary school. Gaelscoil Riabhach [3] The city is located in an area historically called Trícha Máenmaige.


Loughrea was traditionally a farming town that cut its teeth with industrial Tynagh mines, 6 km (3.73 mi) to the east. There is now a gas-fired power station on the site of the mines. Besides being a bedroom community for Galway, Loughrea now host to a number of pharmaceutical and data processing industry. Loughrea tourism infrastructure is supported by several hotels, a country resort, as well as the many bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Tourist attractions

Transportation Cathedral of St. Brendan at the lake, in the center, is considered an important repository of Celtic-revival art and architecture in Ireland. [9] St. Brendan Catholic cathedral was designed by William Byrne in 1897 and completed five years later. Its double transepts is an unusual architectural feature. It contains some very nice interior decoration. The spring-fed, Loughrea Lake is overlooked by Knockash popular for trout, pike and perch fishing. [10] The lake is home to many water birds. Migratory birds from Europe live at the lake during the winter, and it gives other species nest during the summer. The lake is listed as a site of international importance for the spoon and an area of national interest for tufted duck and coot. [11]Moreover, often used for water sports and swimming. Immediately behind Loughrea Boathouse is the remains of an ancient Crannog. The Loughrea staying in another time would have sought protection from raiders by living in the comparative safety of the lake.

Loughrea is connected to the M6 motorway Dublin-Galway via the N65. The city was historically served by the Midland Great Western Railway and the railway industry from Attymon Junction, [12] in use until 1975. This line was Ireland’s last operational rural railway branch line have survived most other countries, the rail lines of this type of 10 -20 years, even survivors have diesel trains used on it. The link road from Ballinasloe – motorway to Galway Loughrea removed most of the remains of the original roadbed. Loughrea railway station opened on December 1 in 1890 and finally closed on November 3, 1975. [13]

Sport and culture

Loughrea GAA Club was Galway Senior Hurling Championship management, including Pat O Conner and Mick Kelly and 2006 Connacht hurling champions. They also reached the 2007 All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship finals, but lost to Ballyhale Shamrocks. Loughrea has a Rugby Club, a football club, a Gaelic Football Club, a golf course with 18 holes and an athletic club. Loughrea Cricket Club is currently one of the leading clubs in Connacht and Captain local man Matthew Kearns. Actor Kiefer Sutherland has a love for the city, twice visiting family as a young boy, and said to have been surprised by the skill of the players down on the handball alley.

Every year in October, the town plays host to the International Poetry Festival BAFFLE (www.bafflepoetry.org). Loughrea also has a musical and dramatic Society, Historical Society, and an active community association.In 2006, the National Glor na nGael awards for “Irish in local communities”, was Loughrea’s “Glor committee” won the first prize. The city is home to the nightclub where Ringo’s famous producer DJ Alligator once performed. Glor has an umbrella committee involving local organizations in the promotion of the Irish language. [ Citation needed ] . A local group, Gaeilge Locha Riach Loughrea promote the Irish language among the community and businesses.[14] There is also a large, live Foróige youth club in the city.

annalistic references

  • 797 (802). Loughrea av av Rivningen Muirghius, for Tomaltach.
  • 821. Fergal, for Catharnach, Loughrea herre dog.
  • 823. Fergal, for Cathasach, Loughrea herre dog.
  • 881. Cormac, son Ceithearnach Prior of Tir Da Ghlas and Cluain Fearta Brenainn and other gentleman who was over Loch Riach at the time, died.
  • 1408. O’H-Echeidhein slaughtered O’Dalys the plain Moinmoy.

See also

  • List of abbeys and priories in Ireland (County Galway)
  • List of towns and villages in Ireland
  • Marquis de St Ruth


  1. Jump up ^ “Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area” (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 reports. Central Statistics Office of Ireland. April 2007. Taken 2011-06-19.
  2. Hoppa upp^http://www.irelandmidwest.com/galway/towns/Loughrea.htm
  3. Jump up ^ GaelscoilRiabhach.ie – Loughrea Multi-faith Gaelscoil
  4. Jump up ^ Census of post 1821 figures.
  5. Jump up ^ http://www.histpop.org
  6. Jump up ^ “archived copy”. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  7. Jump up ^ Lee, JJ (1981). “On the accuracy of pre-famine Irish censuses”. In the Gold Strom, JM; Clarkson, LA Irish population, economy and society: Essays in Honour of the late KH Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press.
  8. Jump up ^ Mokyr, Joel, O Grada, Cormac (November 1984). “New Developments in the Irish population history, 1700-1850”. The Economic History Review. Volume. 37 (4) :. 473-488 doi: 10.1111 / j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x.
  9. Jump up ^ http://loughreacathedral.ie
  10. Jump up ^ [1]
  11. Hoppa upp^ http://loughrea.galway-ireland.ie/loughrea-lake.htm
  12. Jump up ^ Photographs of Attymon Junction Loughrea railway trackbed Archive September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. Jump up ^ “Loughrea station” (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Pulled 03/11/2007.
  14. Jump up ^ Loughrea retailers use cúpla focal length