The parish of Abbey is situated in South East Galway, 55km east of Galway city, 16km south of Loughrea and 13km west of Portumna. It is a few kilometres drive to the borders of Counties Clare and Tipperary and sits at the foothills of the Sliabh Aughty Mountains. Like most parishes in South East Galway, population levels are falling and income from farming continues to decline. With the non-viability of small farms, many people are leaving the land to seek alternative employment to supplement farm income.
The village has a unique and historic cemetry in the ruins of the Abbey of Kilnalahan, where there are burial tombs of the once ruling De Burgo family and the headstone of Land Leaguer Tommy Larkin. St. Feichin's Holy Well (Ladywell), about a mile south east of the village, is also an interesting place to visit.
Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.