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Na Garfráin
Garrafrauns is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°38′01″N 8°49′30″W / 53.633611°N 8.825°W / 53.633611; -8.825Coordinates: 53°38′01″N 8°49′30″W / 53.633611°N 8.825°W / 53.633611; -8.825
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Galway
 • Dáil Éireann Galway East
 • EU Parliament North-West
Time zone UTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Area code(s) +353 93
Irish Grid Reference M451652

Garrafrauns (Irish: Na Garfráin)[1] is a village and 202 acre townland[2] in north County Galway, Ireland. The name Garrafrauns is derived from either Garra bhfearán (garden of the wild brambles) or Garbhthráin (rough grassy place).[3] The village consists of a church, school, post office, garage, community centre, and three public houses. Garrafrauns is four miles from Dunmore along the R328 road. Other neighbouring towns and villages are Cloonfad (5 miles), Irishtown (3 miles), Milltown (5 miles), and Tuam (9 miles).

St. Patrick's Church[edit]

A sandstone, cruciform, gothic design church with a thatched roof and whitewashed interior was built in Garrafrauns village in 1820. A replacement church situated across the road from this original, was completed in 1913 and consecrated by Archbishop Gilmartin of Tuam. The bell tower has since been removed. Garrafrauns lies in the middle of a half parish of Dunmore, and the parish comprises 16 townlands.[4]

Garrafrauns National School[edit]

Garrafrauns National School was opened in 1975, with the school increased in size in 1985 with amalgamation with nearby Strawberry Hill National School. Originally built as a three-room school, it has now been extended. The school benefits from a large mixed use play area to the front, with grass on all sides. The school has also developed a vegetable garden for which the pupils are responsible.[5] The school also participates in the Green School Project, which raises awareness of environmental issues.[6]

Local Heritage[edit]

Heverin's Mill[edit]

This thatched mill was built in 1842 though it is thought that there was an older mill on the same site in earlier times. The single movement mill wheel measured 11 feet in diameter and 2 feet 8 inches wide. Corn for milling was dried in two kilns, made from stones covered by straw, heated by a turf fire.[7]

Garrafrauns Heritage Group[edit]

Garrafrauns Heritage Group was formed in 2003 and produced a book, entitled '"Garrafrauns Through the Ages"' outlining the history of the area in 2010.[8]


  1. ^ Garrafrauns Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-01-22.
  2. ^ Historic 6" Ordnance Survey Map. Retrieved: 2011-01-22.
  3. ^ All About Garrafrauns. Retrieved: 2011-01-21.
  4. ^ St. Patrick's Church. Retrieved: 2011-01-21.
  5. ^ Information. Retrieved: 2011-01-21.
  6. ^ Projects. Retrieved: 2011-01-21.
  7. ^ Heverin's Mill. Retrieved: 2011-01-21.
  8. ^ The Tuam Herald, Local Notes, Vol.174, No.27, p.14. Issue date 2011-01-20. ISSN 2009-3136

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