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Oranmore (Irish: Órán Mór) is a village in County Galway on the outskirts of the city of Galway in the west of Ireland. With its major housing developments, Oranmore is rapidly becoming a part of Galway's commuter or suburban belt.

Oranmore
Órán Mór
Town
Oranmore is located in Ireland
Oranmore
Oranmore
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°16′06″N 8°55′12″W / 53.2683°N 8.92°W / 53.2683; -8.92Coordinates: 53°16′06″N 8°55′12″W / 53.2683°N 8.92°W / 53.2683; -8.92
Country Republic of Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Galway
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Urban 4,799
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference M386245

Oranmore is 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Galway City on the edge of Oranmore Bay, an inlet of Galway Bay.

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EtymologyEdit

Oranmore is the anglicisation of Uarán Mór. The first written record of Oranmore is in the Annals of the Four Masters.[2] It was originally called Fuarán Mór ("Great Spring" in Irish). The name refers to a spring to the northwest of the main village. A bi-lingual information sign was erected by Oranmore Community Development Association in 2010 outlining the history of the spring.

EconomyEdit

The focus of industry has shifted from dairy agriculture to tourism, manufacturing and logistics. Oranmore now has four hotels and several restaurants.

SportEdit

RailwaysEdit

 
Oranmore in the 1990s.

TransportEdit

  • Bus Éireann, Citylink and Nestor Bus services through Oranmore serve Galway, Dublin, Cork and Dublin and Shannon Airports.
  • Oranmore village is near the old N6 Galway to Dublin road and the old N18 from Galway to Limerick. The M6 Motorway connects to the existing road at Doughiska, as well as connecting with the M18 at Glenascaul. The former N6 leading into Oranmore has been reclassified as the R338 regional road. The M18 motorway was officially opened on 27 September 2017 and connects to the M6 at Rathmorrissey at a three level interchange. This road runs close to Oranmore but does not connect directly to it, and instead motorists have to access it using the R381 at Kiltiernan or the M6 at Rathmorrissey.
  • Oranmore aerodrome was a Royal Air Force base in World War I. It later became a civil airfield serving the city of Galway.

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