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An Líonán
Leenaun is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°35′45″N 9°41′39″W / 53.5958°N 9.6942°W / 53.5958; -9.6942Coordinates: 53°35′45″N 9°41′39″W / 53.5958°N 9.6942°W / 53.5958; -9.6942
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Galway
Elevation 127 m (417 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference L874618
Leenaun old bridge about four months before it was washed away.

Leenaun (Irish: An Líonán, meaning "where the tide fills"),[1] also Leenane, is a village and 1,845 acre townland in County Galway, Ireland. It is on the shore of Killary Harbour (one of only three fjords in Ireland), on the northern edge of Connemara, and is on the route of the Western Way long-distance trail. The village is at the junction of the N59 and R336 roads in a valley between the mountains of Munterowen West and Devilsmother, with a direct view of Ben Gorm mountain to the north, across the fjord.


The village is on the shore of Killary Harbour fjord. The ancient woods at Maam Valley are nearby, as is the Delphi Valley in County Mayo. The World famous Kylemore Abbey and the scenic Renvyle peninsula are situated some miles to the south.

Following torrential rain on 18 July 2007, the only river bridge in the village was swept away, cutting the town in half. It was part of the N59 national secondary road and had stood there for 182 years.[2] A permanent replacement bridge was constructed with increased traffic capacity.

In the media[edit]

Leenaun was the setting for the film The Field and of Martin McDonagh's plays The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leenaun Placenames Database of Ireland, Retrieved: 2011-01-26.
  2. ^ "Locals fear tourism downturn as world famous bridge swept away". Irish Examiner. 2007-07-19. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved 2014-10-03.