Menlo, County Galway

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The beautiful menlo castle on the banks of the river

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


Always known as Mionloch in Irish and later Anglicized as Menlo; some 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 Denis 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, Ireland.

Menlo is situated on the east side of the River Corrib and south of Lough Corrib. Menlo Castle, the former home of Valentine Blake, can still be seen here.

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

The first primary level school opened in the village in 1862. Tomás Laighléis details the controversies surrounding this in his book Seanchas Thomáis Laighléis.[2] In the late 1930s a new building for the National School was built housing two classrooms. In the Late 1970s two more classrooms to the existing school building of Scoil Bhríde. In 2001 the community got permission to build a sporting complex adjoining the school called Áras Pobail, Mionloch. A new modern two storey school building has been built on the site of the older school and opened for the start of the school year in September 2014.[3]


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 in a replayed final.

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  2. ^ Laighléis, Tomás. Seachas Thomás Laighléis. An Clóchomhar, 1977, p. 38
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Coordinates: 53°18′07″N 9°04′24″W / 53.30194°N 9.07333°W / 53.30194; -9.07333