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Loughrea
  - "The town of the grey lake" sits pleasantly on the shores of the largest limestone lake, after Lough Corrib, in County Galway. The clear waters provide some of the best trout angling available to both native and visitor alike. There is a public park and the small islands here are the remains of crannógs. The greatest jewel in Loughrea is the Cathedral, where one can see Irish craftsmanship and art at its highest level - it is a treasure house of arts and crafts of celtic revival. Architecturally notable are the stained-glass windows by An Tur Gloaine and the banners to designs by J. B. Yeats.
 

Turoe Stone - Loughrea County Galway Ireland
                    Turoe Stone

Loughrea Cathedral - Loughrea County Galway Ireland
                Loughrea Cathedral


The Turoe Stone
The Turoe Stone, located near Loughrea, is one of the most instantly recognisable examples of ancient art in Ireland. It is the best example, from a select few surviving examples, of a Celtic art style called La Tène. In fact, it has been hailed as one of the finest examples of La Tène art in Europe, and in its Irish context, the art is assignable to the Iron Age, and specifically the last three centuries Before Christ. Standing 1.68 metres high, the Turoe Stone is highly decorated, with spirals, circles, curves, and other motifs. The patterns are in relief because the stone was skilfully picked back from the surface.

Loughrea Cathedral
St. Brendan's Catholic Cathedral in Loughrea is arguably one of the country's greatest contributions to European art of the twentieth century. It is an absolute must for anyone interested in modern Irish stained glass. The building was designed by William Byrne in 1897, and completed five years later. Its only unusual architectural features are its double transepts. But it is the decoration of the church interior that makes a visit such an enriching and spiritual experience.
 
Cloghan Castle - Loughrea County Galway Ireland
                  Cloghan Castle
Lough Rea - Loughrea County Galway Ireland
                    Loughrea Lake

 
Loughrea Lake

Baile Locha Riach: the town of the grey or dappled lake - takes its name from the beautiful lake, on the northern shore of which the town stands. Lough Rea, a large limestone lake, covering an area of c.260 hectares, was most likely formed by erosion during the last Ice Age which ended about 9,000 BC. In addition to providing the town's water supply, this attractive waterscape is Loughrea's most valued amenity. It is also of value in terms of its ornithology and archaeology.

 
Cloghan Castle

Cloghan Castle has stood on these lands for over 800 years. Originally built as an out-post fortification in the 12th century, the castle was last inhabited by Hugh deBurgo in the 15th century, one of the most ancient and influential families in Irish history, a son of Walter de Burgo, Earl of Ulster.
For centuries the castle stood derelict, until a meticulous and historically accurate restoration programme was completed in the December of 1996. Cloghan Castle is now a unique self-catering destination providing an oasis of tranquillity and privacy. The castle boasts an unusual blend of old Norman personality and atmosphere, with the elegance and comforts expected by today's discerning guests.

 
 

 

 
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