Mountbellew is a small market town on the main Galway-Roscommon road, 17 miles northwest of Ballinasloe. Some of the interesting features in the town include the town square and Mountbellew Bridge, which were designed by Sir Henry Grattan- Bellew.

There are some interesting natural amenities in the area, such as Coillte forest walks, Castlegar River and river park and man made lake with a bird sanctuary. Mountbellew Agricultural College, which provides training for young farmers, was opened by the Franciscans in 1904 and around the same time the Mountbellew Agricultural Co-operative was established, with Sir Henry Grattan-Bellew and Brother Joseph Daly of the Franciscans as principal founders. 

For information on what is happening in the area you can check out their website on

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.

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