Milltown, County Galway
Milltown railway station opened on 30 April 1894 and finally closed on 17 June 1963. Milltown was one of the stations on the Western Railway Corridor. It was located between Tuam and Claremorris. There are plans to re-open the line and station with funding from the Irish Government's "Transport 21" programme.
Milltown is noted for trout and salmon fishing. The park in the centre of Milltown has tennis courts and a playpark for children with swings and slides. There is also a 550 metre walk along the River Clare, for which the Local Development Association has won a number of awards. It also has a 4.5 km Slí na Sláinte scenic rural walk, for which it won first place in County Galway in the National Tidy Town Awards for 8 years from 1996-2003. A telescope which belonged to John Birmingham is on display at the Milltown community museum.
Milltown was the birthplace of a number of noted people:
- William Connolly (born 1839), famed Irish piper
- Richard W. Dowling(1838–1867), commander at the Second Battle of Sabine Pass in the American Civil War .
- John Birmingham (1816-1884) astronomer, poet & geologist.
- M. J. Molloy(1917-1994) Playwright / Folklorist.
- JJ Conlan - renowned musician who traveled County Mayo with his family.
- Michael Lohan- one of the pioneers of the Gaelic Revival among Irish Americans at the end of the 19th century.
- "Milltown station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
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