Kilkerrin is a village in North East Galway, 17 km from Tuam, 40km from Ballinasloe and 48km from Galway City. While agriculture is the main source of income in the area, many people are forced to commute on a daily basis to towns such as Tuam, Galway and Ballinasloe.
The area around Kilkerrin has some interesting geological features, such as eskers, raised bog at Curraghamaeigh, Lough Lurgeen and an underground stream flowing from here into a turlough. The raised bog has been designated a Special Area of Conservation and 123 species of birds, including the Greenland white-fronted geese, have been sighted in this area.
Some of the significant historical and archaeological features include several fine examples of ring forts, two univallatte forts which are situated at Lisacarra and a spectacular multivallatte ringfort in the townland of Lehurick. There is a crannóg in Kiltullagh Lake, and in close proximity is St. Brigid's Holy Well and the site of Concannon Castle and a 15th Century Franciscan monastery. One of the notable individuals from Kilkerrin was Oliver Kelly, who became Archbishop of Tuam and was the founder and first president of St. Jarlath's College, Tuam.
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.