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Glenamaddy County Galway Ireland
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Including Clonberne, Kilkerrin

Glenamaddy is the most important town in the north eastern corner of County Galway. It has been argued for a long time what the exact meaning, and Irish for Glenamaddy is. Some say it is derived from the Irish "Gleann na Madadh" Gleann meaning valley and madhadh from madra meaning dog. This would suggest that the name means "Valley of the Dogs". The town itself did not develop until the 1820s when a church was built and regular markets began in the town. From this time on the town began to grow and shops and pubs sprang up around the square and on the four roads leading into the town which are famous from the song of the same name. In 1853 a workhouse was built on the Creggs road.
 

Lough Lurgeen near Glenamaddy County Galway

Marshland or Turlough near Glenamaddy County Galway

 
Lough Lurgeen
To the east of the town lies Lough Lurgeen (seen above), a raised bog, which is a National Heritage Area of international importance. It is an area rich in plant life, flora, and a haven for migrating birds. Lough Lurgeen is one of the little-known hidden gems of County Galway. It consists of a lake and fen area in the centre of a large expanse of raised bog and in addition to the plant and wild life, is of particular interest because it is a part of an unusual complex of features the bog, the lake and the nearby Glenamaddy turlough, all of which share the same body of water.

 
Amateur Dramatics
Glenamaddy boasts a long tradition of music and drama. The Esker ballroom was once one of the most popular dance venues in the country. The Sound of Music opened later in the same venue also received great acclaim. Glenamaddy has hosted the Drama Festival since 1960 and have been all Ireland finalists on a number of occasions. Glenamaddy Players, an Amateur Drama group been involved on the Amateur Drama Circuit since 1972 qualifying for the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals on numerous occasions.
 
Poor Law Union memorial near Glenamaddy County Galway Glenamaddy Workhouse
The new Glenamaddy Union workhouse was erected in 1853 on a six-acre site to the south-east of Glenamaddy. Designed by the Poor Law Commissioners' architect George Wilkinson, the building was based on one of his standard plans to accommodate 500 inmates. Its construction cost 5,250 plus 995 for fittings etc. From around 1900, nursing at the workhouse infirmary was under the charge of the Bon Secours Sisters. The main building was burnt down in 1921. The hospital section later served as an orphanage and as the district dispensary. The remains of buildings now lie derelict. A memorial stands at the roadside.
 
There is lots to do in Glenamaddy. Karting, horse-riding and four golf courses all within a half hour drive. Big annual events are the Drama Festival in March, the Horse Show in June and a Summer Festival in July-August. Glenamaddy Church has a wonderful Harry Clarke stained glass window. The Town Hall Theatre also houses a museum, library and heritage centre.

Glenamaddy Community Development Company (G.C.D.C.) was formed in 1995 with a view to generating extra opportunities for local employment and creating an atmosphere in the community of self-help. The objectives are to facilitate the development of people's potential by creating opportunities for training, education, personal and cultural development.
 

 

 
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