Castlegar, County Galway

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An Caisleán Gearr
Castlegar is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°18′00″N 9°01′00″W / 53.3°N 9.016667°W / 53.3; -9.016667Coordinates: 53°18′00″N 9°01′00″W / 53.3°N 9.016667°W / 53.3; -9.016667
CountyCounty Galway
Elevation85 m (279 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Rural842
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Castlegar (An Caisleán Gearr) is a village and 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 Castlegar Parish.

Irish language[edit]

The Castlegar ED has a population of 1,000 and 11% are Irish speakers.[1]


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. Because there were so many castles in the parish, the distance between them was very short, so some have suggested that this could be an alternative source of the name. Parts of the parish, most notably Carrabrowne, Ballindooley and Menlo, were until recently,[when?] strongholds of the Irish language. But with recent[when?] development of the area, and the influx of non-native speakers, the use of Irish is very much reduced. Emigrants from Ireland went to British Columbia and named a place there after it:Castlegar, British Columbia.


Plaque at Castlegar Castle
Menlo Castle

Villages and townlands[edit]

Notable people[edit]



Ó Laoi, Padraic. History of Castlegar Parish. 1996

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