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An Artists Impression of the
Catholic Church in Kiltormer

is a rural village situated approximately 40 miles from Galway city, Portumna 12 miles, Loughrea 13 miles, Ballinasloe 7 miles and a 30 minute drive to Athlone, the centre of Ireland. The main liveihood of the area is farming - dairy and mixed, 2 shops, and 3 pubs. The village National School is attended by over 100 pupils with 4 teachers and a part-time remedial teacher. The population of the parish is mainly young couples that have remained on the home territory, being self employed. Others commute to work daily to the surrounding towns and city of Galway.
The main pastimes of the area are sports oriented – hurling, football, camogie, soccer, and pony riding. The local golf and tennis clubs are just 5 miles away. The Sports Complex in the centre of the village, caters for many indoor activities. Three badminton courts – indoor soccer, squash, raquet ball, basket ball, uni hockey, karate, and bingo every Wednesday night.
Each summer over 500 children from all the national schools within a radius of 20 miles come together for Summer Camp. The latest addition was the extension of its members bar which is now christened "The Ink Bottle Bar".
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Galway city
In medieval times, the city of Galway was an Anglo-Norman stronghold, surrounded by wild, warring Gaelic clans. Today, Galway is Europe's fastest growing city. A lively university city and the centre for the Irish-speaking regions in the West, Galway succumbed to both medieval and Spanish influences throughout its history. The Aran Islands lie thirty miles off the coast. Formed from a limestone ridge, their austere landscape, dry-stone walls, stunning coastal views and several large prehistoric stone forts make them an unmissable destination. Today, the islands are a bastion of traditional Irish culture. The wild rugged landscape of Connemara - a region lying west of Galway city - has attracted people for centuries.
The Atlantic coastline of the West has been occupied for more than 5,000 years. The region boasts a wealth of prehistoric sites such as the land enclosures of Ceide Fields and the ring forts on the Aran Islands. An apparition of the Virgin Mary and Saints Joseph and John appeared to local people in Knock, Co. Mayo in 1879. Since then, people have visited the site in droves.

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