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

Winner of Milltown lotto

Lotto:  Results from Milltown GAA Lotto Draw Mon 14th May 2018. Numbers drawn were:  ONE WINNER:  Congratulations goes to Anne Mullarkey, Milltown on her win of €13,100.  There was 1 match 3: Willie Hamiltown, Belmont.  …

Cake Sale for Milltown Ladies

Cake Sale fundraiser in aid of Milltown Ladies Football Club, on Sunday 27th of May after mass.  All contributions and support shown will be very much appreciated by the club.
Stained Glass in Milltown Church

Milltown take on Caltra

Milltown GAA Senior Championship: Milltown Seniors take on Caltra in the first round of the championship this Sunday afternoon at 2.45pm in Barnaderg.  Best of luck to the players and management.
St. Joseph's Church, Milltown

Church Notices May 18th

Day Date Time Church Intention Sunday 20th May ’18 11:00 am Milltown Mike Ryan & Delia Connolly, Tom & Bridie Ryan, Kilgevrin, Tuam. Feast of Pentecost. Monday 21st May’18 7:30pm Milltown Peg & Sonny Walsh and daughter Ann,…
St. Joseph's Church, Milltown

Church Notices 11th May 2018

Day Date Time Church Intention Sunday 13th May ’18 11:00 am Milltown John & Maureen McCormack, Kilgevrin Monday 14th May’18   7:30pm Milltown Kitty & Stephen Maughan, Castlebar Tuesday 15th May…

Kevin Dundon Cookery Demonstration

One of Ireland’s best-loved chefs, Kevin Dundon is coming to Claremorris Town-hall for a cookery demonstration on Wednesday the 16th of May.  There will be stalls available to browse before the demonstration.  Doors open at 6:30pm,  Demonstration…
Fishing on the River Clare, Milltown

Tidy towns 2018

Tidy Towns Major Clean-Up: Milltown Tidy Towns were just two marks from “Gold Medal Status” last year.  A little more tidiness and colour would have secured Gold – can you contribute this year?  Paint a wall or chimney, powerwash a roadside…
Milltown GAA Crest

Milltown GAA notices

Milltown GAA Fixtures:  Milltown Seniors play Claregalway on Thursday evening the 10th of May in the John Dunne Cup.  Throw-in is at 7.45pm in Claregalway.  The Junior A team take on Annaghdown in Milltown next Friday the 11th of May at 8pm.   Lotto:…
Stained Glass in Milltown Church

Church notices May 4th 2018

Day Date Time Church Intention Sunday 06th May ’18 11:00 am Milltown First Holy Communion Monday 07th May’18   7:30pm Milltown Novena Mass Tuesday 08th May ’18 10:00am Milltown People of the parish. Wednesday 09th…