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Dunmore, County Galway

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Dunmore

Dún Mór
Town
Castle Street
Dunmore
Dunmore
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°37′00″N 8°44′00″W / 53.6167°N 8.7333°W / 53.6167; -8.7333Coordinates: 53°37′00″N 8°44′00″W / 53.6167°N 8.7333°W / 53.6167; -8.7333
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyCounty Galway
Elevation
75 m (246 ft)
Population
 (2002)
 • Urban
594
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM515632

Dunmore (Irish: Dún Mór) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. It is located on the N83 national secondary road at its junction with the R328 and R360 regional roads.

The town was once part of a district called Conmaicne, also known as Conmaicne Dúna Móir. It was also known as Conmaicne Cenél Dubáin, after its ruling kindred.

The area came under the rule of the Uí Conchobair in the 12th century, and was for a while the capital of the king of Connacht, Tairrdelbach Ua Conchobair, who died there in 1156.

Until the early 1980s, the N83 through Dunmore was on the main road from Sligo to Galway City. Improvements to the N17 route through Knock and Claremorris reduced the amount of traffic on the N83.

Sport

  • Dunmore McHales is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club.
  • Dunmore Town AFC was founded in 1979. Some of the underage teams play in the Roscommon League.
  • Dunmore RFC was founded in 1977.
  • Dunmore Demesne Golf Club was founded in 1998[1]

Notable people

Annalistic references

Dunmore Castle in the early 1900s
Dunmore Castle in the early 1900s
  • AI1095.10 Ua hEgra, king of Luigne, was slain by the Cenél Dubáin; and Luigne and western Connachta were vacated and [their inhabitants] came into Mumu.

Dunmore Castle The imposing ruins of Dunmore castle tower above the rolling fields of north Galway. Situated on a small hillock, the first castle at this site was built by the Anglo-Norman de-Birmingham family in the early 13th century. Designed as a bulwark against the native Irish, the castle was soon called into service. In 1249 Dunmore was attacked and burned by the O’Connor's, while in 1284 it was besieged by the forces of Fichra O’ Flynn. In 1315 it was once more the scene of conflict when an army, led by Rory Connor, attacked and damaged the fortress.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Dunmore is twinned with the village of Querrien in France.

See also

References

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