Fly Fishing at Milltown Galway

One of Galway's tidiest towns

Milltown County Galway

Sunset on the River Clare in MilltownHeritage TrailRestaurantsSli Na Slainte WalkRiver WalkHeritage ParkCloondroon LakeThe River Clare
A picture the the River Clare going under the N17 at MilltownMilltown Drama SocietyMilltown BadmintonMilltown GAAKarateBrowniesKayakingAngling
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Tidy Towns

MIlltown has won 3 gold medal awards in the national Tidy Towns Competitions.

  • National Tidy Towns Silver Medal 2016
  • National Tidy Towns Bronze Medal 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • County Award Winners 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
  • County Award Runners Up 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
  • County Heritage Award Winners
  • Pride of Place Awards Runners up – Category Three 2010
  • SuperValu Endeavour Award 1993
  • National Endeavour Award 1964

Heritage Awards

Milltown has won Heritage awards.

  • County Heritage Award Winners Jockey’s Monument (1686) Restoration 2011
  • Galway County Council Heritage Award Winners  Successful negotiations with farmers regarding River Walk extension 2010

Recycling Awards

Milltown has won awards for their efforts in recycling and environmental awareness

  • Value Water Awards Winners 2016
  • Repak PakMan Awards Finalists 2016
  • Pride of Place Awards Runners up – Category Three 2010
  • National Bring Bank Award Winners 2008
  • Fas Community Awards Western Region Special Merit 2002, 1999
  •  Gilbenkian Civic Trust Ireland Environmental Awards National Finalists River Clare Walk 1998
  • SuperValu Endeavour Award 1993
  • Ireland West Tourism Environmental Quality Awards Regional Award Winners River Clare Walk (Galway, Roscommon, Sligo) 1991
  • Ireland West Tourism Environmental Quality Awards County Award Winners River Clare Walk 1991

About Us

The village of Milltown is located on the N17 western corridor close to the Galway-Mayo border, 48km north of Galway City. The Clare River flows east-west through the village on its journey to the Corrib and is spanned by a fine limestone bridge built in 1856 as part of a Famine Relief Scheme. The present village is essentially a Sráid-Bhaile that has developed north and south of the bridge.

In former times the best ford crossing of the river was some fifty metres east of the present bridge and it was here that the De Birminghams built their castle to command and defend the ford. Near the castle, the old town grew up inhabited by castle retainers, tradesmen, stone-masons, smiths, weavers, tailors, horse boys, cowboys and corn millers.

Two mills were constructed along this stretch of the Clare River – O’Grady’s at Milltown and Birmingham’s at Lack- hence the name, the town of the mill or Baile an Mhuilinn. Milltown was called the town of the mill for at least four hundred years. Birmingham’s mill operated until the late 1800’s and O’Grady’s mill closed in the 1950s as a result of the Corrib Drainage Scheme.

The place we now know as Milltown made its first appearance in historical records in 1589. The eminent historian Hubert Knox points out in his History of Mayo that Sir Murrogh O’ Flahery and his army came to attack Edward Birmingham; they stormed the castle, burnt half of Milltown and destroyed the castle’s corn but failed to take the castle after a bloody fight. They then burnt sixteen other villages on their way back to Cong and seized three thousand cattle.

The low-lying and gently undulating landscape in the Milltown area is a rich and varied patchwork of green fields, raised bogs, small lakes and turloughs, rivers and streams, conifer plantation, woods and hedgerows, and low hills. Hidden from view is the karstified limestone with streams and channels that run below the surface. The natural environment influenced the pattern of human settlement in this area over the millennia, and people have shaped the land over the generations to produce the cultural landscape we see today.

In recent years, great progress has been made in restoring the angling resource in the area. Kayakers now frequent the river and walkers can enjoy a stroll through the award-winning Heritage Park, along the River Walk and Slí na Sláinte route. Local interest in history, archaeology and music has fuelled several heritage and cultural projects that celebrate local people, events and traditions.

Visitors to Milltown can avail of the many facilities and services the village has to offer including restaurants, pubs, shops, service stations, Post Office, accommodation and a Business Park.

Latest News

Community notices 14th April 2018

Active Retirement Association:  Meeting on Tuesday, 17th April @ 8.30pm in Ballindine Community Centre.  Chair Yoga session also on Tuesday, 17th April from 7:00 to 8:15pm.  New members always very welcome.   Milltown CE Scheme…

Rod Stewart tribute show

Rod Stewart Tribute Show:  “Tonight’s The Night” Ireland’s Top Rod Stewart Tribute Show in Concert in Claremorris Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April.  Doors 7 pm. Show 8 pm.  A great night’s entertainment for music fans.  Coming…

Moving for health

Moving4Health: Hips and Knees joint strength and mobility water-based exercise programme commencing Tuesday 10th of April at 7:30 pm & Thursday 26th April at 2 pm at the Coral Leisure Pool Tuam.  This six-week programme is ideally suited…

Home care assistance positions available.

Best Home Care Services Limited:  We are recruiting Personal Care Assistants, Home Care Assistants for the Tuam and surrounding areas.  Fetac Level 5 training required.  Please forward your CV to or contact 085-24925…

Milltown Defib Tea Dance

Della’s Benefit Tea Dance will be held in the Ard Rí Hotel on the Milltown Road in Tuam on Sunday the 15th of April 2018.  Music by Jimmy Hynes & The Crusaders.  This fundraiser is for Milltown Defibrillator Group.  Adm €7.  Dancing…

Card Game results April 5th 2018

Weekly Card Game: Results from Thursday 05th April. Winners: 10 games: Jimmy Ansbro + Austin Huane, Pete McGrath + Tom Kilgarriff, Teresa Connolly + Mary Murphy, Jarlath + Mary Hughes.  Raffle: Eileen Keavney, Ann Marie Dolan, Chrissie Cassidy,…

GAA lotto results 2nd April 2018

Lotto: Results from Milltown GAA Lotto Draw Mon 2nd April 2018. Numbers drawn were:  No winner. No match 3.  Lucky Dip: Johnny Connolly, Carrowreagh.  Lotto jackpot is €12,600. Next week’s draw is in Sheridan’s on Mon 09th…
St. Joseph's Church, Milltown

Church Notices April 7th 2018

Day Date Time Church Intention Sunday 08th April ’18 11:00 am Milltown Mary & Michael Gilligan and deceased of family, Cloondroon Monday 09th April ’18   7:30pm Milltown Novena Mass – Feast of the Annunciation…

Don't forget the Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow

Easter Egg Hunt in Milltown GAA grounds, lots of fun to be had by everyone. It all starts at 1 pm and finishes at 3 pm. 15 euro for a family or 5 euro for a child. We are looking for some dads to volunteer with field games, please message…