Menlo, County Galway

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Menlo (Irish: Mionloch, meaning "small lake") is a village and townland in County Galway, Ireland.


Historically known as Mionloch in Irish and later Anglicized as Menlo; older maps spell this townland of Galway as Menlough. Menlo is both a village and townland name and is in the Parish of Castlegar, County Galway, Ireland. The village retains some of the characteristics of the clachan form which is more evident in Ordnance Survey of Ireland maps of the 19th century.[1]

It gave its name to the town of Menlo Park in California, which was named by Dennis J. Oliver and D.C. McGlynn after their native village. They constructed a wooden arch in Menlo Park, California to look like the stone archway of Menlo Castle in Menlo Park, Ireland.

Menlo is situated on the East side of the River Corrib and South of the Lough Corrib. Menlo Castle, the Home of Valentine Blake, can still be seen here.

Novelist, Walter Macken, established a home here; the structure is still there.

Menlo National School was established in the late 1930s. The school was originally built housing two classrooms. In the Late 1970s the school added two more classrooms to the existing school. In 2001 the community got permission to build a sporting complex adjoining the school called Áras Pobail, Mionloch . The school has approx 139 students enrolled this year. The school is waiting to be demolished to make room for a new school, which will be ready for use in February 2014.


Home of the famous Emmetts Rowing Club which won the Blue Riband of Irish Senior Eights Rowing in 1929 and again in 1931. Although the Rowing Club was disbanded some years later, a Hurling Club bearing the same Menlo Emmetts name was formed in 1981. This club won the County Junior B titles in 1983 and 2006. In March 2007 they went on to win the All-Ireland Junior B title by defeating Tara Rocks of Wexford.

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Coordinates: 53°18′07″N 9°04′24″W / 53.30194°N 9.07333°W / 53.30194; -9.07333