Ballymore Castle in Lawrencetown was originally a Madden tower house of
the 15th century, to which a house was added in 1620 and much altered
since. Ballymore Castle was built by John Lawrence in year 1585.
Castle - Clonfert
Brackloon castle near
Clonfert, was a 15c O'Madden stronghold. It was a scene of
slaughter when the garrison were thrown off the battlements
in 1651. Its strong walls,
small windows, defensive, turrets and murder hole are ist
main features. It is located to the south as one travels from Clonfert to Eyrecourt.
Ten minutes from Ballinasloe, towards Portumna, you will find the remains of Clontuskert Abbey,
founded by the Augustinian.
The Augustinian Canons Regular established 130 religious
houses in Ireland in the period of church reform early in the twelfth
Saint Brendan's Cathedral Clonfert
The Cathedral itself stands in the grounds of the monastery
founded by St. Brendan in the 6th century. It flourished for many
centuries, even through times of great invasions by the Danes who
frequently sailed up the River Shannon from Limerick and attacked it.
Ballinasloe Horse Fair
The Ballinasloe Horse Fair (above right) has its
origins in "The Gathering of the Hostings" dating back to
the High Kings of Tara. Its formal charter was granted by
King George to the Second Earl of Clancarty in 1722. King
George I granted permission for the local landlords to have a livestock
fair in the town's green (oval). By the mid 1800's up to 4,000 horses were
Battle of Aughrim Interpretative Centre
The battle of Aughrim Interpretative Centre tells the
story of the deadly battle fought at Aughrim. The Battle of
Aughrim Centre is an ideal stop-off on a journey between
Dublin and Galway and is located very close to the N6. The
centre lies between Ballinasloe and Loughrea in County