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An Spidéal
Spiddal pier
Spiddal pier
Spiddal is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
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Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Galway
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,445
Irish Grid Reference M130225
The official name of this Gaeltacht village is An Spidéal.

Spiddal (Irish: An Spidéal, meaning "the hospital", Irish pronunciation: [ənˠ ˈsˠpʲɪdʲeːlˠ])[2][3] is a Gaeltacht[2] village on the shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland. It is 19 km (12 mi) west of Galway city, on the R336 road. Spiddal is on the eastern side of the county's Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking district) and of the Connemara region. It is a tourist centre with a scenic beach, harbour, and shore fishing.

The village

Local shops and services include a newsagent's shop, grocery shop, post office, and petrol station in the centre of the village. There is also a pharmacy, a bank, a butcher shop, a hairdresser, a hardware store and Gannon's traditional Irish Music shop. There is a Pizza Restaurant and a Chinese Restaurant.

On most weekend nights, and sometimes during the week in summer, there is live traditional Irish music in the pubs, most of which double as restaurants. To the east of the village, there is a craft centre, gallery and Standúns Clothes and Fashion shop further east again.

There is one hotel in the village, and bed and breakfast accommodation in and nearby.

The village is served by Bus Éireann route 424 from Galway City.

Spiddal harbour

The local river, known variously as the Owenboliskey, Owenboliska, or Spiddal River (Irish: Abhainn Bhoth Loiscthe), flows south from Boliska Lake and enters Galway Bay at Spiddal.[4]

Culture and sport

Each summer, groups of Irish teenagers visit Spiddal for three-week Irish language courses. American students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Collegeville Township, Minnesota visit for the autumn semester each year to study Irish-language literature and culture.

The English/Irish folk-influenced music group The Waterboys recorded part of their Fisherman's Blues album in Spiddal. They also recorded a song called Spring Comes to Spiddal on their album Room to Roam. The television series Ros na Rún is filmed in Spiddal and shown on TG4.

The local Gaelic Athletic Association club is CLG An Spidéal. Gaelic football and hurling are the most popular local sports, and there are also Judo and sailing clubs in the village.

A week long celebration of Irish music "Seachtain Ceoil Chois Fharraige", showcasing some of Ireland's finest musicians is held annually during [5] the first week of August in the Village.

Notable residents

See also


  1. "Table 8: Population of each Province, County, City, urban area, rural area and Electoral Division, 2006 - 2011". Central Statistics Office Census 2011 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. Retrieved 2012-05-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Spiddal Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-06.
  3. Spiddal Ordnance Survey Name Books, Galway Public Library. Retrieved: 2011-02-06.
  4. Owenboliskey River Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-11-20.
  5. http://www.gannonsmusicshop.com/festival

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