Information Barna Ireland
Reached via the R336 regional road, locals have expressed alarm that this Gaeltacht area is now more English speaking than it should be due to its ongoing development. Irish is still spoken mainly to the north and west of the village, and it has remained the route into the largest Irish speaking location on the island of Ireland, which is Connemara. In order to limit unwanted development in the area, a group called Pobal Bearna was set up by locals. The village has a strong sense of community. In 1976 a group named Comharchumann Bearna Teo was established with the aim of generating community development. Two acres were bought by the group at Troscai Thiar and recreational facilities. The village has a number of sporting facilities and clubs. Its local GAA football club is among the largest of the clubs, with menís and ladiesí teams as well as youth teams. The village also has a hurling club and a soccer club. Barna golf course is regarded as one of the best in Ireland. With nearby views of the Burren, Galway Bay and the Arran Islands, it certainly has one of the most beautiful settings. Donnellyís pub serves some excellent sea food dishes worthy of any restaurant
Attractions Barna Ireland
Amedieval town situated 23km from Galway City is steeped in history. Founded in the 13th century by Meiler de Birmingham, who surrounded the town with a curtain wall with towers and a moat. It is the only walled town in Ireland whose still-intact walls are clearly visible to the approaching visitor
Athenry Castle - Athenry
Athenry is one of the most notable medieval walled towns surviving in Ireland, owing its foundation to Meiler de Bermingham who built his Castle there c.1250. The great three-storey tower, surrounded by defensive walls, is entered at first-floor level through an unusual decorated doorway. Recently re-roofed, the interior contains an audio visual room and exhibition.
Aughnanure Castle Galway - Oughterard
Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the Castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.
Relive the bloodiest battle in Irish history fought in a small Connaught village. Move back in time and place to that fateful day in 1691 through an audio-visual show based on the moving account of Captain Walter Dalton who fought at the Battle of Aughrim.
Clifden in West Galway - Clifden
The location of the landing of the first Trans-Atlantic air crossing by Alcock and Brown. A very scenic part of Ireland.