Áth Cinn le Chéile
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Headford (Irish: Áth Cinn) is a town in County Galway, located 26 km north of Galway city in the west of Ireland. It is a popular angling centre for the eastern shore of Lough Corrib, and Greenfields, some 6.5 km west of the town, is its boating harbour. The town is situated next to the Black River (noted also for its trout angling) which is the county boundary with Mayo. Located on the N84 national secondary road from Galway to Castlebar and the R333, and R334 regional roads the town is a popular commuter town to Galway City.
The town is the centre of an area richly endowed with archaeological monuments including prehistoric burial cairns, Iron Age stone enclosures, early Norman and later castles, and many monastic sites. These include Ross Errilly Friary, founded in 1351, which has been recognised by many historians both past and present as the best preserved monastic ruin of its period in Ireland.
History & Demographics
In his 1837 Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, Samuel Lewis recorded a population of 1,441. He described the town in some detail:
This is a neat and clean town, having been much improved by its proprietor, R. J. Mansergh St. George, Esq.; it has a considerable trade, and commands fine views of Lough Corrib, and the mountains of Joyces' country and Mayo. It comprises 217 houses, is a chief constabulary police station, and has petty sessions on Mondays; here is also a dispensary. Bobbin lace, coarse linen, and flannel are made. The market is on Tuesday, and fairs are held on May 11th and Oct. 14th. Headford Castle is the residence of R. J. M. St. George, Esq.; it is a handsome modern building, erected on the ruins of the ancient castle; the extensive demesne, which is laid out with great taste, is entered from the town by a good gateway. Here is also Clydagh House, the seat of G. Staunton Lynch, Esq.
Headford appeared in the Oscar-winning film "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne. The St. George's family ownership of the town is explored in "Headford, County Galway, 1775-1901" by Gerardine Candon ( ISBN 1-85182-764-1 )Maynooth Series 51
There were 889 people living in Headford, Co. Galway according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office in 2011.
Headford has a small library run by librarian Edel Talbot. The library has two book clubs - one for children from 8 to 13 years which meets once a month & the other for adults meets the first Wednesday of each month.
Headford has one secondary school, the Presentation College Headford which currently has about 900 pupils and 60 staff members.
The town itself has two primary schools:
- Headford Girls National School & St Brendan's Boys National School (which is attached to the girl's school & takes boys from 3rd to 6th class).
There are three primary schools in the surrounding areas:
Headford is home to a variety of sporting clubs & groups, some listed below:
- The Corrib Rugby Football Club.
- The Headford GAA.
- Moyne Villa Football Club.
- St Fursey's Ladies GAA
- Headford Badminton Club
- Headford Karate Club
- Black River Game & Conservative Club
The polling station for elections is Headford Girls Primary School. Polling also takes place in Claran Primary School for the Claran and Greenfields area of the Headford townland.
The town is part of the Midlands–North-West constituency for European Parliament elections. It is part of the Galway East constituency for elections to Dáil Éireann, and is part of the Tuam electoral area for Galway County Council elections.
The Headford Parish has two churches, both of which are Catholic and were built by Fr. Peter Conway and dedicated to St. Mary. The church at Claran was built in 1859 and for many years was the home of the parish priest. The church in Headford was built in 1865 on lands donated by the landlord St. George. Father Ray Flaherty is parish priest of the Headford parish with Fr. Martin Newell (retired) administrating in Claran.
Headford is twinned with: