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Loughrea is a thriving market town in South East Galway and is situated on the shores of Loughrea lake. This picturesque town hosts many historical buildings of heritage interest, shops and restaurants. It is located approx. 20 min. from Galway city and can be reached from the M5 Dublin to Galway motorway re exit No.16.



The town dates back to the 11th century and its main historical gem is St. Brendan’s Cathedral with its stained glass windows. The adjoining museum houses a selection of embroidered banners made by the Dun Emer Guild, many of which were designed by Jack B. Yeats. The Old Parish Church built in 1821 is now the town library has on view memorial plaques dedicated to the Persse family. Kilchreest village where Lady Gregory, then Augusta Persse grew up is just 4 km from the town of Loughrea on the N66. As a young girl she used visit the town to buy her beloved books from the local bookstore Kelly’s Printers now New’s and Choose.


Bureau de Change can be obtained from the three main banks – Bank of Ireland, A.I.B., Ulster Bank and An Phost all located on the Main St.

Computer/Internet Access can be obtained from the Town Library, Church St.

Parking; Pay and Display parking is in operation throughout the town of Loughrea. There is a special day rate of €3 parking at the (Railway) Station Road Car Park and free on Saturdays

Transport; Loughrea is well serviced by buses into and out of Galway City. Contact www.loughreaonline/Transport  for further details on bus timetables, Taxis and getting to Loughrea.

Visitor Information Point is at Beatty Jewellers, Main St. Loughrea. Contact Tel. No. 0035391842670


Contact us Loughrea Online Website www.loughreaonline has everything you need to know about Loughrea Town.


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