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Ballymore Castle - Lawrencetown
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.

Brackloon 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.

Clontuskert Abbey
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 century.

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 exhibited.

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 Galway.




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