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Loughrea is a town in County Galway, Ireland. The town lies to the north of a range of wooded hills, the Slieve Aughty Mountains, and the lake from which it takes its name. The town is also famous for its cathedral (see Loughrea Cathedral) which dominates the town's skyline. The town has expanded in size significantly in recent years as it increasingly becomes a commuter town for the city of Galway.NameThe town takes its name from Loch Riach on which it lies. It is also suggested that the town's name derives from Loch Riabhach . This alternative Irish name is used in the name of the local Irish-language multi-faith primary school: Gaelscoil Riabhach. The town is located within an area that was historically called Trícha Máenmaige.EconomyLoughrea was traditionally a farming town that cut its industrial teeth with the Tynagh mines, 6km to the east. There is now a gas powered electricity power station on the site of the mines. As well as being a dormitory town for Galway, Loughrea now hosts a number of pharmaceutical and data-processing industries. Loughrea's tourist infrastructure is supported by several hotels, a country resort, as well as many bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, coffee-shops and pubs.
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St. Brendan's Cathedral
Religious Site
St. Brendan's Cathedral
Duration: 2 hours
Loughrea Golf Club ©
Golf Course
Loughrea Golf Club
Duration: 2 hours
Health and Harmony Loughrea ©
Health and Harmony Loughrea
Duration: 30 minutes
Dartfield Equestrian Center & Horse Museum ©
Equestrian Trail
Dartfield Equestrian Center & Horse Museum
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Loughrea

Burren National Park ©
National Park
Burren National Park Corofin
Duration: 2 hours
Dungaire Castle ©
Dungaire Castle Kinvara
Duration: 2 hours
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
Architectural Building
The Irish Workhouse Centre Portumna
Duration: 2 hours
Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Athlone
Duration: 1h 30 min
Slieve Aughty Riding Centre ©
Horseback Riding Tour
Slieve Aughty Riding Centre
Duration: 3 hours
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre ©
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre Athlone
Duration: 1h 30 min
Burren Perfumery ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Burren Perfumery Carran
Duration: 2 hours
The Wormhole ©
Hiking Trail
The Wormhole Inishmore
Duration: 2 hours

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