Mountbellew or Mountbellew Bridge (historically Creggaun, from Irish: an Creagán, meaning "the rocky place")[2] is a town in County Galway, Ireland. It lies mostly within the townland of Treanrevagh (Trian Riabhach) on the N63 national primary road.


An Creagán
Statue of Bobbyjo, Mountbellew
Statue of Bobbyjo, Mountbellew
Mountbellew is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°28′N 8°30′W / 53.47°N 8.50°W / 53.47; -8.50Coordinates: 53°28′N 8°30′W / 53.47°N 8.50°W / 53.47; -8.50
CountyCounty Galway
Dáil ÉireannGalway East
44 m (144 ft)
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing key
Telephone area code+353(0)91

The town has a population of approximately 800,[1] and has a number of shops and small businesses. There are four schools located in the town, St. Mary's National School, Holy Rosary College, Coláiste an Chreagáin and the Franciscan Brothers Agricultural College.[3]

Points of interest around the town include the Bellew Estate and woodlands, a small lake, the old forge and the Catholic church. The Bellew Estate was once the home of the Grattan-Bellew family, who were Galway parliamentarians during the 18th and 19th centuries. The estate demesne is now a wooded area of forest walks and picnic areas. The village bridge has a milestone inserted in the middle of its parapet.[citation needed]

Franciscan BrothersEdit

The Franciscan Brothers came to Mountbellew from Milltown, Dublin, in 1818. The Bellew family invited them and gave them resources of land and a house to get established. The Brothers ran a free primary school until 1884. In 1875 they opened a secondary school (boarding) and in 1898 a special department in the school was set up to prepare students for Teacher Training Colleges.[citation needed]

The Brothers changed from secondary education to agricultural education in 1904 and the Franciscan Brothers’ Agricultural College was founded. This was the first agricultural college in Ireland. The Department of Agriculture supported the college from the start.[citation needed] In 1986, the college partnered with a predecessor of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). This cooperation between the two colleges resulted in the setting up of what is now known as the Higher Certificate in Business Studies (Agribusiness).[citation needed]

Sport and clubsEdit

Mountbellew's sporting societies include Mountbellew Moylough GAA club which plays both hurling and Gaelic football. The club colours are black and amber and play in Mountbellew/Moylough GAA grounds. The senior football team have won four Galway Senior Football Championships, in 1964, 1965, 1974, and 1986.

The Mountbellew/Moylough Game Preservative Association was founded in approximately 1963 with the objective of preserving game in the parish. They hold clay pigeon shoots and vermin shoots.[citation needed]

A monument to the famous racehorse Bobbyjo can be seen in the town centre. He won the Irish and English grand nationals.

The River Shiven is nearby, which supports fly fishing for brown trout.[citation needed] The town also has a 18-hole golf course.[citation needed]

Mountbellew is also home to the Malthouse Players, a small drama group.[citation needed] The Malthouse Players typically stage two productions each year and partake annually in national competitions. The group on two occasions won the All-Ireland one-act drama finals.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Mount Bellew". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  3. ^ Franciscan Brothers Agricultural College
  4. ^ "Ancient Order of Hibernians - Historian's Report - James Lawlor Kiernan" (PDF). AOH Virginia State Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 April 2016.