The town of Woodford Is situated in a scenic area of South East County Galway, bounded on the one side by the River Shannon and on the other side by the Slieve Aughty mountains.
The Woodford River, a tributary of the Shannon, flows by the town and is forded there by a fine triple arched stone bridge. Just above the bridge the river is dammed and broadens out into a small artificial lake called Woodford Bay or simply "The Bay". During the last century and the early part of this century this served as a source of water power, which powered a corn mill by day and provided electric light for the town by night.
The nature reserves of Derrycrag, Derrygill and Rosturra incorporate two millennium project plantations. Woodford also has Loughatorick Lake, where a Mass Rock from penal times is situated. A Stone Circle from 1200BC can be found off the Loughrea Road, and there is an old Church of Ireland cemetery in the centre of Woodford.
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.