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Loughrae is one of the larger southern towns in Galway. It is a very attractive place with plenty of history. Loughrae has developed over the years into a busy market town and has become very attractive place. The town is growing and many people have moved there due to the peaceful surrounds that are associated with Loughrae. This is a great place to come to if you want to discover the surrounding area such as the Galway landscape and the surrounding countryside.

The Turoe stone in nearby Bullaun (8km north) is perhaps the most important Celtic monument in the area and the Cathedral of St. Brendan on the lakeshore, in the town centre, is considered an important repository of Celtic-revival art and architecture in Ireland. St. Brendan's Catholic Cathedral was designed by William Byrne in 1897 and completed five years later. It's double transepts is an unusual architectural feature.

It contains some very fine internal decoration. Spring-fed, Loughrea Lake overlooked by Knockash is popular for trout, pike and perch fishing. It is also an important bird sanctuary as well as being popular for water-sports and swimming. Immediately behind the Loughrea boathouse are the remains of an old crannog. The Loughrea dwellers of another time would have sought protection from raiders by living in comparative security provided by the lake.

Loughrea GAA Club were 2006 Galway Hurling and 2006 Connacht Hurling champions. They also reached the 2007 All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship final, but lost out to Ballyhale Shamrocks. Loughrea has a Rugby club, Loughrea Rugby Club, an 18-hole golf course and an Athletic Club. Each year, In October, the town plays host to the BAFFLE International Poetry Slam. Loughrea also boasts a Musical and Dramatic Society, Historical society, and an active community association. In the 2006 National Glór na nGael awards for "Irish language in local communities", Loughrea's "Glór committee" was awarded first prize. Glór has an umbrella committee which involves local organisations in the promotion of Irish.
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In: Galway
People: 4,004
Speak: English, Irish
Type: Market Town
GPS: -8.5669, 53.1969