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Headford, some 28 km north of Galway City, is the popular angling centre for the eastern shore of Lough Corrib, and Greenfields, some 6.5 km west of the town, is its boating harbour. The town is situated next to the Black River (noted also for its trout angling) which is the county boundary with Mayo. Headford is also the centre of an area rich in archaeological monuments, ranging from prehistoric burial cairns, Iron Age stone enclosures, early Norman and later castles, to a bewildering array of monastic sites. 
Today, the modern cattle mart, although replacing the fairs and markets once held in the town's two squares, ensures the local popularity of this North Galway town.
Headford is twinned with the picturesque town of Le FaouŽt in Brittany, France.


Ross Errilly Friary - Headford, County Galway Killursa - Headford, County Galway
Ross Errilly Friary
(above left)
Standing in serene solitude on the South bank of the Black River, just two miles West from the town of Headford in County Galway the Franciscan Friary of Ross is recognised by many historians both past and present as the best preserved monastic ruin of its period in Ireland. It was founded in 1349 by the then Archbishop of Tuam Dr. Malachy MacHugh, who was a native of the Headford area and, as it happens, a member of the Franciscan order.

Killursa (above right)
Killursa is about 1.5 miles west of Headford on the Greenfields road. It is a ruined church set in an extensive graveyard. The ruin measures 70feet by 24feet, and it has a gothic pointed doorway, and a large mullioned gothic window, which indicates that the present structure was erected after the Norman invasion, 1169. A wall was built across this church, probably cutting off a section for the officiating clergyman, who had his habitat there. Killursa means the church of St. Fursa whose statue one sees as one enters the graveyard. It was here St. Fursa had the famous visions of the unseen world which grave authors assert inspired Dante to write his "Comedia Divina".

Lough Corrib County Galway Ireland Lisdonagh House Headford County Galway
Fishing on Lough Corrib
Lough Corrib is one of the best game fisheries in the world and it is a wonderful place to experience what Ireland has to offer both in terms of the game angling and the hospitality of the local people. It is a vast lake of 44,000 acres and stretches some thirty five miles from Galway City to Maam Bridge. Because of its size and numerous underwater hazards it is very advisable to use a guide on your first few visits, until you feel comfortable and confident enough to rent a boat yourself. The use of a guide also has the benefit of getting you to the best and most productive fishing grounds straight away, hence making your day more productive and enjoyable.

Lisdonagh House
Lisdonagh House is situated in the townland of Lisdonagh near Headford, on the plains of Magh Seola (the plain of the hunting), overlooking Lough Hacket and Knockma Hill. According to tradition Finvarra, the King of the Fairies kept court here and Queen Maedb is reputed to be buried on top of Knockma Hill. The house is early Georgian and was built by the Reddingtons in 1720 for the St George family, prominent Galway landlords. Building commenced in March and instructions were given that is should be built in time for Christmas Dinner of that same year. Miss Valda Palmer was the last person to live in the house before it was purchased by John and Finola Cooke in 1995. Valda was a colourful character in the locality. She could not boil an egg but loved to fish and shoot. Many a man claimed to have been shot by that eccentric lady. She discouraged any unwanted intruders by having a sign outside the house saying "This house is guarded by shotgun, three nights per week - you guess which three"!


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