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 County Galway - Facts and Stats
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County Galway (Irish Gaillimh) county in the province of Connaught (Connacht), western Ireland.
It has an area of 2,293 sq mi (5,939 sq km), it is bounded on the north by Mayo, Roscommon and Tipperary, on the east by Roscommon and Offaly, on the south by Clare and Tipperary, and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The eastern two-thirds of Galway is part of the Irish central lowland. In the west is Connemara (q.v.).

Galway is divided into two contrasting regions by the expanse of Lough Corrib. In the west is Connemara - a region of superb scenic grandeur, dominated by the rocky mountains known as the Twelve Bens. Many Connemara inhabitants are Irish speakers and much of the ancient Gaelic culture is preserved.

The Aran Islands lie thirty miles off the Connemara coast. Formed from a limestone ridge, their stunning coastal views and prehistoric stone forts are well worth a visit. Why not explore this beautiful corner of Ireland with a rail and coach tour?

Province :



Maritime county on the west coast.

County size

2nd in Ireland

Land area

2,349.79 sq miles

Highest point:

Benbaun (727 m)

Main Rivers:

Suck; Owenglin; Corrib; Cregg; Clare

Main Lakes:

L Mask; L Corrib

Main Islands:

Aran Islands; Inishbofin; Inishshark; Inishgort; Omey; Lettermullan; Mweenish, Rossroe; Rusheennacholla; Inishnee.

Areas of Geographical Interest:

Connemara National Park, the Aran Islands, Killary Harbour, Lough Corrib.

Areas of Historical Interest:

Dun Aenghus, Athenry Castle, Kylemore Abbey, Coole Park, Thoor Ballylee (home of W.B. Yeats)

Blue Flag Beaches


Total Population:

131,613 (exc Galway city)

No of Schools:

National 238; Secondary 48

No of Golf Clubs:


County Capital and Largest Town: 


Main Towns:

Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Tuam

Main Business Contact:

Galway City/County Council Enterprise Board: Wood Quay Court, Wood Quay, Galway. Tel 091-565269

Some Useful Links - Birdwatching information and guided birdwatching tours in Ireland catering for all ages and abilities.
Birdwatch Ireland - conservation charity dedicated to protecting Ireland's wild birds and their habitats.
Towns and villages - information about many of County Galway's towns and villages
Discover Ireland Directory - wide ranging Irish only directory listing everything relevant to visitors and inhabitants of Ireland alike. Categories covering Art, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Accomodation, Travel, Business and Services.