Castlegar, County Galway

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Castlegar
An Caisleán Gearr
Village
Castlegar is located in Ireland
Castlegar
Castlegar
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°18′00″N 9°01′07″W / 53.3°N 9.0185°W / 53.3; -9.0185Coordinates: 53°18′00″N 9°01′07″W / 53.3°N 9.0185°W / 53.3; -9.0185
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyCounty Galway
Elevation
85 m (279 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Websitewww.castlegar-galway.org

Castlegar (Irish: An Caisleán Gearr) is a village and Roman Catholic parish in County Galway, Ireland, located just outside the city of Galway. It extends from Lough Corrib across to Merlin Park by the old Galway-Dublin road. The annual Galway Races are held at Ballybrit Racecourse in the area.

Irish language[edit]

As of 2006, the electoral division of Castlegar (Castlegar ED) had a population of approximately 1,000 people, of whom 11% were Irish speakers.[1]

History[edit]

The name Castlegar is derived from the Irish words Caisleán Gearr, which means "Short Castle". The small Castlegar Castle, in the middle of the parish, was a guest or "short stay" castle for the Blake family's Menlo Castle.

Emigrants from Ireland went to British Columbia and named a place there after it: Castlegar, British Columbia.[citation needed]

Castles[edit]

Plaque at Castlegar Castle
Menlo Castle

Villages and townlands[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Ó Laoi, Padraic. History of Castlegar Parish. 1996

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