Dunmore, County Galway

Dunmore (Irish: Dún Mór) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. It is located on the N83 national secondary road at its junction with the R328 and R360 regional roads.


Dún Mór
Castle Street
Castle Street
Dunmore is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°37′00″N 8°44′00″W / 53.6167°N 8.7333°W / 53.6167; -8.7333Coordinates: 53°37′00″N 8°44′00″W / 53.6167°N 8.7333°W / 53.6167; -8.7333
CountyCounty Galway
75 m (246 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM515632

The town belongs to an ancient tuath called Conmhaícne Dúna-Móir and Cenél Dubáin, ruled by Uí Conchobair of Ui Briuin Ai from the 12th century, and a capital of Connacht for a time. King Tairrdelbach Ua Conchobair died here in 1156.

Until the early 1980s, the N83 through Dunmore was on the main road from Sligo to Galway City. Improvements to the N17 route through Knock and Claremorris reduced the amount of traffic on the N83.


The ruins of Dunmore Castle are situated on a small hillock outside the village. The first castle at this site was built by the Anglo-Norman de-Birmingham family in the early 13th century. Designed as a bulwark against the native Irish, the castle was attacked in 1249 and burned by the O’Connor's. In 1284 it was besieged by the forces of Fichra O’ Flynn. In 1315 it was once more the scene of conflict when an army, led by Rory Connor, attacked and damaged the fortress.[citation needed]


Dunmore McHales is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club.

The local association football (soccer) club, Dunmore Town AFC, was founded in 1979 and fields some underage teams in the Roscommon League.[citation needed]

Dunmore RFC was founded in 1977 and Dunmore Demesne Golf Club in 1998.[citation needed]

Annalistic referencesEdit

Dunmore Castle in the early 1900s
  • AI1095.10 Ua hEgra, king of Luigne, was slain by the Cenél Dubáin; and Luigne and western Connachta were vacated and [their inhabitants] came into Mumu.

International relationsEdit

Dunmore is twinned with the village of Querrien in France.[citation needed]

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Dunmore". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. April 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2019.

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