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Woodford Ballinasloe County Galway Ireland
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Woodford   ~   Ballinasloe
 
 
The town of Woodford situated in a scenic area of Southeast County Galway, bounded on the one side by the Shannon River, the longest river in Ireland, and on the other side by the Slieve Aughty mountains.

The Shannon widens out into the broad expanse of Lough Derg at Portumna and this, the largest lake on the Shannon, extends south as far as Killaloe.

Woodford Ballinasloe County Galway Ireland
   
The lake frames the horizon as one looks east from Woodford and affords marvellous views when looking down on it from the heights of the Slieve Aughty.

The Grotto
A few miles outside Woodford at Lough Atoric, we have the site of a Mass Rock and the grotto of The Virgin Mary. The statue stands on the old Mass rock, a flat stone slab on which priests said Mass for the people in Penal times, the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the Catholic religion was outlawed in Ireland. During those times priests said Mass for the people, at the peril of their lives, often in wild isolated places like the Slieve Aughty, where the Mass rock came from.

Woodford Bay
The Woodford River, a tributary of the Shannon, flows by the town and is forded there by a fine triple arched stone bridge. Just above the bridge the river is dammed and broadens out into a small artificial lake called Woodford Bay or simply "The Bay". During the last century and the early part of this century this served as a source of water power, which powered a corn mill by day and provided electric light for the town by night. It fell into disuse in the 1950's when a government programme of rural electrification brought electricity to all parts of Ireland. Over the years it silted up and the weir was breached in several places. In recent years extensive dredging and repairs to the weir have restored it to the beautiful feature it once was, though it is no longer used commercially.

Woodford is less than three hours drive from Dublin and has many amenities. There are two golf courses within eight miles of the town, at Curra and Portumna, and there is fishing and boating on the Shannon. The area is good for walking including woodland walks. Woodford is strategically placed for travelling on to other scenic areas of Galway and Connemara and also to West Clare with its beautiful scenery and traditional music, which Woodford shares.

Woodford River, a tributary of the Shannon, flows by the town and is forded there by a fine triple arched stone bridge. Just above the bridge the river is dammed and broadens out into a small artificial lake called Woodford Bay or simply "The Bay". During the last century and the early part of this century this served as a source of water power, which powered a corn mill by day and provided electric light for the town by night.

The nature reserves of Derrycrag, Derrygill and Rosturra incorporate two millennium project plantations. Woodford also has Loughatorick Lake, where a Mass Rock from penal times is situated. A Stone Circle from 1200BC can be found off the Loughrea Road, and there is an old Church of Ireland cemetery in the centre of Woodford.

 

 
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