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Oranmore

Oranmore
Órán Mór
Town
Oranmore is located in Ireland
Oranmore
Location in Ireland
Coordinates:
Country Republic of Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Galway
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Urban 4,799
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference M386245

Oranmore (Irish: Órán Mór) is a village in County Galway on the outskirts of the city of Galway in the west of Ireland. With its major housing developments, Oranmore is rapidly becoming a part of Galway's commuter or suburban belt.

Oranmore is situated 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Galway City on the edge of Oranmore Bay, an inlet of Galway Bay.

Contents

  • Etymolgy 1
  • Economy 2
  • Sport 3
  • Railways 4
  • Transport 5
  • People 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Etymolgy

Oranmore is the anglicisation of Uarán Mór. The first written record of Oranmore is in the Annals of the Four Masters.[2] It was originally called Fuarán Mór (meaning 'Great Spring' in Irish). The name refers to a spring to the northwest of the main village. A bi-lingual information sign was erected by Oranmore Community Development Association in 2010 outlining the history of the spring.

Economy

The focus of local industry has recently shifted from primarily dairy agriculture to tourism, manufacturing and logistics. There are several industrial parks located near the village, such as Deerpark Industrial Estate which has been a hub for industry for many decades particularly in the precast concrete, chemical and steel fabrication industries. Oranmore now has four hotels and several restaurants.

Sport

  • The Oranmore Judo Club trains in Oranmore Community Hall, Wednesdays and Fridays, Juniors – 6.30 – 7.30pm; Seniors – 7.30 – 8.30pm afterward (Sept – July).
  • The Galway Bay Sailing Club is located in Renville, Maree.
  • Oranmore-Maree GAA Club has active gaelic football, hurling and camogie
  • Naomh Mhuire Ladies Football Club, Oranmore Maree run teams from Under 10 to Minor and Junior.
  • Oranmore Badminton Club
  • Maree Badminton Club
  • Maree Basketball Club
  • Galway Bay Golf Resort located in Renvile, Oranmore

Railways

Oranmore in the 1990s.

Transport

  • Bus Éireann, Citylink and Nestor Bus services through Oranmore serve Galway, Dublin, Cork and Dublin and Shannon Airports.
  • Oranmore village is located near the old N6 Galway to Dublin road and the N18/N20 from Galway to Limerick. The new M6 Motorway connects to the existing road at Doughiska and will, in the future, connect with the M18 at Glenascaul. The former N6 leading into Oranmore has been reclassified as the R446 regional road. The M18 motorway is in the planning stage and as proposed would connect to the new M6 at Rathmorrissey at a three level interchange. This road will run close to Oranmore but will not connect directly to it, and instead motorists will have to access it using the existing N18 at Kiltiernan or the M6 at Rathmorrissey.
  • Oranmore aerodrome was a Royal Air Force base during World War I. It later became a civil airfield serving the city of Galway.

People

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Statire/SelectVarVal/saveselections.asp
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Oranmore station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  4. ^ Transport Minister to open Oranmore rail station - connacht tribune 23/06/13
  5. ^ Galway News article, June 2010

External links

  • Oranmore community page
  • Video of Oranmore
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