Claregalway Parish History 750 Years, 1999
Claregalway Village and Parish
Claregalway (Baile Chláir; Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe) meaning the town of the plain or flat: it is a rural Gaeltacht town and parish in County Galway, Ireland, 10 km (5 miles) north-east of Galway City on the N83 (formally N17) Road. The name comes from the Clare River, which flows through the parish. The parish covers a total area of over 12,000 statute acres.
There are many ancient ruins in the parish, such as the Friary, the DeBurgo Castle (presently being restored) and the Nine Arches Bridge which was recently restored. Claregalway itself is divided into 31 official townlands, used for present-day administration. The village has recently transformed into a vibrant, semi-suburban hub, with thousands of new residents now calling it home.