A History of County Galway

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Gill & Macmillan, 2004 - Galway (Ireland : County) - 169 pages
County Galway is the second largest county in Ireland and the largest in the province of Connacht, both by area and population. It is divided in two by the great expanse of Lough Corrib, the second largest lake in Ireland. To the west lies the high mountains of Connemara, one of the country's most scenic areas. To the east lie the plains of east Galway running away towards the Shannon Basin. The city of Galway stands at the head of the bay, just below Lough Corrib. ruins, while Galway City has been an important port and trading centre since medieval times, conducting a vigorous trade with places as far afield as Spain and Portugal. development in the west, as well as being home to the largest Gaeltacht in the country. Peadar O'Dowd's history traces its political, administrative, social and economic development over the centuries. He pays particular attention in the modern period to the importance of its educational infrastructure, of which National University of Ireland at Galway is the most important element.

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Peadar O'Dowd is a local historian and the author of several books on Galway and the West of Ireland, including Galway in Old Photographs. He is a newspaper and magazine heritage columnist and has lectured in Ireland and abroad. He has served as president, vice-president and secretary of Galway Archaeological & Historical Society and regularly conducts educational tours of his native city and county.

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