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The Village of Clarinbridge is south of Oranmore, on the Galway to Gort Road, close to the head of Dunbulcaun Bay, the most easterly inlet of Galway Bay. The name Clarinbridge derives from the bridge across the Clarin River and the river took its name from the plank bridge that succeeded the original hurdle crossing.  Beside the Clarinbridge River there is an earthwork which is reputed to have been a medieval fortification. On the east coast close to the Ballynamanagh bridge, is Dunbulcaun, a ringfort with a motte-type, central mound.

Kilcolgan Castle County Galway Ireland
                  Kilcolgan Castle

Tyrone House Kilcolgan County Galway Ireland
                   Tyrone House

Kilcolgan Castle
Kilcolgan Castle is located on the banks of the Kilcolgan river, over-looking Galway Bay. The castle which dates from the 11th Century was rebuilt by the St. George Family in the late 18th Century. It has been extensively but sensitively refurbished by the late Hon. W.N. Gustafson von Hillerstamm and now hosted by his daughter Karen.
Tyrone House
Built in 1779, Tyrone House, is situated on a promontary by the sea, about two miles from the village of Kilcolgan. It was a big solemn house, grandly planned, three stories high, built on a height, in order to dominate the surrounding land and sea. The front faced south, and the northern side was protected by dense woods, beyond which lay the Kilcolgan river. Its original owner was Christopher St. George. In 1972, the Irish Georgian Society acquired the ruin of Tyrone.
Oyster Festival
Clarinbridge is famous worldwide for it's Oyster Festival in September of each year. The sea has played, and continues to play a pivotal role in the life of Clarinbridge. From our shallow, sheltered shores come our most famous export, the renowed Clarinbridge Oyster. September 1st ends the oysters honeymoon and the eating season opens with the Gala Oyster Celebration in the festival marquee. That's when oyster lovers have headed for Clarinbridge for over 50 years, to sample what are recognised as "probably the most succulent Oysters in the World!"
Clarinbridge Oysters County Galway Ireland
               Clarinbridge Oysters
Moran's Oyster Cottage Kilcolgan County Galway Ireland
                Moran's Oyster Cottage
Moran's Oyster Cottage
Moran's Oyster Cottage, The Weir, Kilcolgan, dates back almost three hundred years and is now run by the seventh generation of the Moran family. It is renowned the world over for it's superb seafood which attracts people from the five continents, and is open all year round.

About Oysters

Oysters have existed since pre-historic times. The saxons enjoyed them before the Romans invaded Britain and there are those that would say it was for their excellent oysters that they invaded at all!
Throughout their history, oysters have been regarded as a luxury but due to over-fishing the price dropped so low that at the beginning of the 19th Century they became the food of the poor. During the famine years people who lived near the sea survived on them. In about 1850, oyster culture started to become an industry and legislation in France and Britain protected the stocks. Oysters are bi-valve molluscs which means that they are shellfish with two hearts. Every year they change sex - in fact every other year they can be a father and mother to two separate litters in the same year! They feed by pumping 1-6 litres of water through their gills every day - the equivalent of a human drinking a large public swimming pool every day. More about Oysters

Kilcornan House, Clarinbridge, County Galway

Kilcornan House, original home of the Redingtons, the local benevolent landlords, with its impressive avenue. The house now serves as a training centre for people with learning disabilities. The Redingtons of Kilcornan, were responsible for the development and design of the pretty village which has at its heart a walled village green in which stands an imposing cenotaph to Thomas N. Redington.


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