The Village of Clarinbridge (Droichead an Chlairin, or 'the Bridge of the Little Plain') is south of Oranmore, on the Galway to Gort Road. It is close to the head of Dunbulcaun Bay, the most easterly inlet of Galway Bay. The name Clarinbridge derives from the bridge across the Clarin River and the river took its name from the plank bridge that succeeded the original hurdle crossing.
In 1954 the famous Galway Oyster Festival was initiated in Clarinbrige by Paddy Burke due to the local community’s deep involvement in the oyster industry, with extensive rich oyster beds in the vicinity. This festival now attracts an international clientele each September. Activities take place in a marquee around Paddy Burke's, the truly world-famous oyster tavern.
Preserving Our Past ....Interested in Local History and Folklore?
Clarinbridge Local Heritage Group in association with CCDA will host an Open Information Evening in Raftery's Rest, Kilcolgan at 8pm Thursday, September 15th, 2011;
"Collecting and Recording Oral Histories from our local Communities" to begin the process of collecting oral histories.
Presented by founder members John Quinn, Joe Murphy, Bridgette Brew & Hedy Gibbonsand supported by GRD, Galway CoCo, Dept of Environment, Community and Local Government.
Beside the Clarinbridge River is a reputed medieval fortification. On the east coast close to the Ballynamanagh bridge is Dunbulcaun, a ringfort with a motte-type, central mound. Two miles west at Rathgurreen is another ringfort.
Adjoining the village is the demesne of Kilcornan House in which T N Reddington, landlord of the village, resided. The house incorporating the tower of a fifteenth century castle was the original residence of Norah Burke, the cruel chieftainess of the Clanrickard family. Today there are magnificent grounds laid out with picnic tables. In the thirteenth century a small church was erected in the grounds, which is still in a good state of repair.
In Easter week 1916 Volunteers from surrounding towns and villages marched to Clarinbridge where they were met by Liam Mellowes and the Clarinbridge Volunteers.</p><BR> The visitor should check out the beautiful displays of ornamental glass in Clarenbridge Crystal. Antique enthusiasts will enjoy browsing through Clarenbridge Antiques, located in the Old Parochial House at the edge of the village.
Traught Beach, three miles from KInvara is suitable for swimming. The winding country roads and wildlife of Kilcornan Wood forest trail commences close to the Clarin River. Experience the healing, soothing sounds of water as the river gushes under the arches of an old stone
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