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.
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Oranmore is 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Galway City on the edge of Oranmore Bay, an inlet of Galway Bay.
Oranmore is the anglicisation of Uarán Mór. The first written record of Oranmore is in the Annals of the Four Masters. 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.
The focus of industry has shifted from dairy agriculture to tourism, manufacturing and logistics. Oranmore now has four hotels and several restaurants.
- Oranmore Judo Club trains in Oranmore Community Hall, Wednesdays and Fridays, Juniors – 6.30 – 7.30pm; Seniors – 7.30 – 8.30pm afterward (Sept – July).
- Galway Bay Sailing Club is in Renville, Maree.
- Oranmore-Maree GAA Club has active gaelic football, hurling and camogie
- Naomh Mhuire Ladies Football Club, Oranmore Maree run teams from Under 10 to Minor and Junior.
- Oranmore Badminton Club
- Maree Badminton Club
- Maree Basketball Club
- Galway Bay Golf Resort in Renvile, Oranmore
- 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.
- Joseph Henry Blake, nobleman and socialist, grew up on a nearby estate in Treanlaur, Maree.
- Thomas Nicholas Redington, Irish politician, born here.
- Joe Howley, Irishman involved in the struggle for Irish Independence, was killed by the British in December 1920. A statue stands in Oranmore in his honour.
- Bill King, round-the-world sailor and owner of Oranmore Castle.
- "Oranmore station" (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- Transport Minister to open Oranmore rail station - connacht tribune 23/06/13
- Galway News article, June 2010