Glinsk, County Galway
Glinsk (Irish: Gleann Uisce, meaning "glen of the water") is a small village in County Galway, in the west of Ireland, between Creggs and Ballymoe. Glinsk is located approximately 68 km from Galway city and approximately 30 km from Roscommon. It is located in valley of the River Suck, which has a 60-mile hiking trail. Nearby is the Glinsk Castle ruin, built by Ulick Burke[disambiguation needed] in the early 17th century. Also in the area is the ruins of Ballinakill Abbey, which dates from the early 18th century. See Burke Baronets.
The services found in Glinsk include a church, a shop, a pub and a GAA pitch. The community centre also houses the new Childcare centre which opened in 2009. The church is called St. Michael's Church and is ideally situated beside the local primary school, Glinsk National School. The local shop is Dowds and the pub next door is called The Glencastle Lounge.
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Glinsk Castle rises majestically before the eyes of the stranger who enters Glinsk. It is a sight that gives focus to the whole Glinsk area. The castle was the main trigger which resulted in this collection of history and lore. Can one escape the majesty of an Irish castle? Driving through the island of Ireland one can admire a great variety of scenery. One can feast the eye on the majestic Kerry mountains or stroll through the hills of Wicklow.
To visit the Giant’s Causeway makes one realise the power that lies within our World. To step back beyond the age of the Pharaohs we can enter Newgrange and see the rays of sunlight that penetrate to the core at the Winter Solictice. To stand on the rocks of Dun Aengus and listen to the waves lapping the cliffs is to stand on the edge of the Universe. To enter Glendalough is like being the first visitor admitted to a secret place of mystery as if untouched by human hands for centuries. To climb Croagh Patrick is to join hands with past generations who sought peace and reached for the summit. Only sadness can befall the person who strolls through the Famine Museum in Strokestown or is touched by the awful silence of the bare stone ruins of the deserted village on Achill Island.