Recess, County Galway

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Sraith Saileach
Recess is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°27′56″N 9°43′25″W / 53.4655°N 9.7236°W / 53.4655; -9.7236Coordinates: 53°27′56″N 9°43′25″W / 53.4655°N 9.7236°W / 53.4655; -9.7236
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Galway
Elevation 63 m (207 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference L853477

Recess (Irish: Sraith Saileach or Sraith Salach ) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. Its official name is in Irish, Sraith Saileach, and translates as "stream of the willow tree". A notable former resident was Seán Lester, the last Secretary General of the League of Nations, who lived there following his retirement until his death in 1959.


Recess railway station was on the Galway-Clifden line of the Midland Great Western Railway. The line opened on 1 July 1895 and was closed on 29 April 1935.[1]

The word in Irish sruth means stream. From Collins Gem Irish Dictionary: Sraith: series; run; line; row; league; succession; (of wool, rope) ply; (of rooms, also MUS) suite. Also the name stone when you drive into Recess has the name in Irish: Sraith Salach. From Collins Gem Dictionary: Salach adj dirty; grubby;

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  1. ^ "Recess station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 

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