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Órán Mór
Oranmore is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°16′06″N 8°55′12″W / 53.2683°N 8.92°W / 53.2683; -8.92Coordinates: 53°16′06″N 8°55′12″W / 53.2683°N 8.92°W / 53.2683; -8.92
CountryRepublic of Ireland
CountyCounty Galway
7 m (23 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM386245

Oranmore (Irish: Órán Mór) is a town in County Galway on the outskirts of the city of Galway in the west of Ireland.

Oranmore is 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Galway City on the edge of Oranmore Bay, an inlet of Galway Bay.


Oranmore is the anglicisation of Uarán Mór. The first written record of Oranmore is in the Annals of the Four Masters.[2] It was originally called Fuarán Mór ("Great Spring" in Irish). The name refers to a spring to the northwest of the main village. A bi-lingual information sign was erected by Oranmore Community Development Association in 2010 outlining the history of the spring.


The focus of industry has shifted from dairy agriculture to tourism, manufacturing and logistics.[3] Oranmore now has four hotels and 23 restaurants.


Oranmore in the 1990s

Oranmore railway station opened on 1 August 1851, closed on 17 June 1963. A new station was built 1.4km west of the original station and was opened on the 28 July 2013.[4][5] Trains connect directly with Galway, Athenry, Athlone, Portarlington, Kildare and Dublin Heuston, as well as on the Western Rail Corridor to Ennis and Limerick.


Oranmore has three primary schools, Scoil Iosaif Naofa, Scoil Mhuire and Gaelscoil de hÍde. Calasanctius College, founded in 1861 by the Presentation Sisters, is the secondary school in Oranmore.


Oranmore village is near the old N6 Galway to Dublin road and the old N18 from Galway to Limerick. The M6 Motorway connects to the existing road at Doughiska, as well as connecting with the M18 at Glenascaul. The former N6 leading into Oranmore has been reclassified as the R338 regional road. The M18 motorway was officially opened on 27 September 2017 and connects to the M6 at Rathmorrissey at a three-level interchange. This road runs close to Oranmore but does not connect directly to it, and instead, motorists have to access it using the R381 at Kiltiernan or the M6 at Rathmorrissey.

Bus Éireann, Citylink, and Nestor Bus services through Oranmore serve Galway, Dublin, Cork, and Dublin and Shannon Airports.

Oranmore aerodrome was a Royal Air Force base in World War I. It later became a civil airfield serving the city of Galway. It was the site where many British and Irish troops lost their lives and there is a ceremony in Oranmore each year to remember them.


  • Oranmore Junior Park Run Free 2 km run, walk or jog for 4 to 14 year old boys and girls every Sunday morning at 9.30 a.m.
  • Oranmore Judo Club trains in Oranmore Community Hall
  • Galway Bay Sailing Club is in Renville, Oranmore
  • Oranmore-Maree GAA Club has won many county titles across all their age groups, won their first All-Ireland senior hurling title in 1933 and their first all Ireland senior football title in 1996. The club has teams in Gaelic football, hurling and camogie.
  • Naomh Mhuire Ladies Football Club, Oranmore Maree run teams from Under 10 to Minor and Junior
  • Oranmore Badminton Club
  • Maree Badminton Club
  • Maree Basketball Club
  • Galway Bay Golf Resort in Renvile, Oranmore, has been named best golf resort in Connacht 10 times in the last 15 years
  • Maree/Oranmore Soccer Club was founded in 1988. Soccer is now the leading sport in Oranmore with over 600 men, boys and girls participating. The club is one of the big three in Galway alongside Mervue United and Salthill Devon.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Oranmore". Census 2016. CSO. 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey Letters of Galway". places.galwaylibrary.ie.
  3. ^ Rural Economic Development in Ireland, L Delheure, M Heneghan, R Jackson, D Meredith, 2014
  4. ^ "Oranmore station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved November 22, 2007.
  5. ^ Transport Minister to open Oranmore rail station Archived July 5, 2013, at Archive.today - connacht tribune 23/06/13
  6. ^ "Connacht Tribune -". connachttribune.ie. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012.

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