Fly Fishing at Milltown Galway

One of Galway's tidiest towns

Milltown County Galway

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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

Milltown GAA Crest

GAA lotto results November 13th

Lotto: Results from Monday 13th November. Numbers drawn were:  No winner.  No match 3. Lucky dip: Lisa Hanway, Kilgevrin.  Lotto jackpot is €10,600. Next weeks draw is in Sheridan’s, Monday 20th November. Play now @…
Four Aces

Weekly card game results November 16th

Results of Card game from Thursday 16th  November.  Winners: 1st Margaret Leonard & Eileen Keavney. 2nd Padraic Diskin & Breda Lydon. Raffle: John Heneghan, Paddy Forde, Gabriel Prendergast.  Ladies:  Eileen Keavney.  Table Prize: …

Thanks to St Jarlath's Credit Union

Milltown Tidy Towns and Milltown Heritage Group would like to say a big Thank You to St. Jarlath’s Credit Union, Tuam, for remembering both of our organisations in their recent 50th Anniversary “Community Fund” give-away celebrations. …

Senior Citizens Annual Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas Party will be held on the 10th of December in Milltown Day Care Centre.  Finn’s are as usual, kindly providing us with our meal.  We are very grateful to them.  Mass will begin at 2pm  and the meal will be immediately…

Water system clean up

Milltown GWS wish to advise that due to essential cleaning of the Milltown GWS Reservoir, all members will be without water from 1am on Tuesday 21st November until 1am on Wednesday 22nd November.  As the lines will have become empty, it may…

Water bills are now due

2017 Water bills are now overdue.  If you have not already paid, please do so immediately.

Thanks from Milltown Defibrillator Group

Milltown Defibrillator Group would like to thank all who so generously contributed and supported last week’s church gate collection for a very worthy cause. Amounts collected were:  Ballyglass €95 and Milltown €225.
St. Joseph's Church, Milltown

Church Notices November 19th

Sunday 19th Nov. 11:00am Thomas & Mary McHugh + daughter Breeda & Son in law Jim, Drim Monday 20th Nov. 7:30pm Deceased of Concannon Family, Russelstown Tuesday 21st Nov. 10:00am People of the parish. Wednesday 22nd…

Getting your community news out there

If there is anyone or any club or voluntary organisation that would like a page on the community website contact us through the contact us tab and we can give you your own section and teach you how to add content if you wish, or we can just…