Aughrim is a neat and historic village on the main Galway - Dublin road, near Ballinasloe. The name means 'the horse's back', from the shape of one of the low ridges that are a feature of the local landscape. Its proximity to Ballinasloe and its location on the main Dublin-Galway road make it an ideal base for visiting Galway.

It is also nice for walking, due to its flat topography.

The award-winning Battle of Aughrim Interpretative Centre commemorates the Battle of Aughrim and the monument to William James McNevin is another entry in history claimed by Aughrim.


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.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.