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Gort is a medium size market town on the N18 in close proximity to the Burren. The name in Irish is “An Gort” (the field) or Gort-Inse-Guaire (field of Guaire’s island) The town takes its name from King Guaire a 6th century King of Connacht. King Guaire  granted lands to St Colman at Kilmacduagh where he built a monastery, one of the oldest in Europe.


Getting to Gort:

By Air: Shannon Airport http://wwwshannonairport.com is a forty minute drive to Gort  on the M18 motorway.

Rail Regular train  services connecting  Galway, Limerick, Cork and Dublin from Gort. For timetable visit  http:// www.irishrail.ie

Bus Services: Bus Eireann provide  daily services between Galway, Limerick , Cork and Shannon  For timetable visit  http://wwwbuseireann.ie/


While in Gort you can get around on foot, but there are several taxis available locally who will happily provide  transport to the local visitor sites outside the town.

Sheila’s Cabs 086 8785241, 08769 77 271,086 60 97 051

Seamus Daly  08

Bill Moloney 087 99 20 407

Jason Kenny 087 640 8030

Artie Kenny 087 2351228

David Flaherty 086 88 78777

Rory O’Shaughnessy is a Failte Ireland approved Tour Guide and is available to give guided tours locally. Rory can be contacted on 0874065646 or rory_oshaughnessy @eircom.net


Things to do and see:

Gort has  major architectural features to view. It has a distinctive impressive cultural heritage as expressed in the quality and variety of its built environment and architectural heritage. Gort’s principle significance lies in the combination of its street pattern, plot sizes, architectural coherence , distinctive landmark buildings. The majority of the buildings span the late 18th and 19th centuries. A large proportion are in the classical vernacular style ranged along two wide intersecting roads which focus on Market Square. The river and its banks, surviving military buildings, traditional shop fronts and narrow lanes are distinctive and important features. Many of the protected structures located  in the town  include the local  St Colman’s  Catholic Church, the  Courthouse, and the Old Church of Ireland which is now the location of the local library.The 18th Century Weigh House in the Square was restored in recent years.

Browse through Honan’s Antique shop in Crowe Street which will give you a fascinating trip down memory lane.

Friday is traditional market day in Gort . Located in  the Square from early morning until 2p.m.

The Community Centre at Lavally has excellent indoor sporting facilities.

Swimming and Leisure facilities are available at the Lady Gregory Hotel.

The town has a splendid 18hole golf club situated a short distance outside the town at Castlequarter, Gort. The course designed by Christy O’Connor Junior is within a short distance of Kilmacduagh Monastic settlement. For further information on the course email: info @gortgolf.com or phone 35391 632244

The local GAA Club will provide entertaining games throughout the summer months and there is a thriving  Rugby Club and a Soccer Club.

Parents can take their children to the new playground on the Ennis Road opposite the Lady Gregory Hotel.


Visitor Information 

Internet Access available at the local Library in Queen Street

Site Map: A site map of the town is located at the Square

Parking: Pay and display is in operation on most of the streets in Gort six days a week. Free parking is available for shoppers at Supervalu, Aldai and Lidl. Free parking also available in Church Street. Check the street signs for times.

Bureau de change: available at the Bank of Ireland and AIB in the town and at local post office in Crowe Street.

Restaurants: There are several restaurants and café’s in the  town offering a varied menu including the Lady Gregory Hotel &Spa and  Sullivan’s Hotel.

Gort Public Library:  Situated in the Old Church of Ireland Building Queen Street.


Local Services

Local Doctors:  

Dr Raymond &Dr Maire Piggott Church Street, Gort.  Tel 091 632595

Dr Richard Joyce  Bridge Street, Gort. Tel 091632311

Dr Brian  Jennings Health Centre, Ennis Road, Gort. Tel 09163125

Quinn’s Pharmacy based in Bridge Street, Gilmartin Pharmacy in Bridge Street and Daly’s Pharmacy in Church Street.

Local Gardai:

Garda Station based in Barrack Street, Gort.Tel 091 636400

Hairdressers and Beauty Rooms:

There are several saloons  throughout the town  offering hairdressing and beauty treatments. Many cater for both male and female clients


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