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Spiddal (Irish: An Spidéal, meaning "the hospital", Irish pronunciation: [ənˠ ˈsˠpʲɪdʲeːlˠ]) is a Gaeltacht[3] village on the shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland. It is 18 km west of Galway city, on the R336 road. An Spidéal is on the eastern side of the county's Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) and of the Connemara region. It is a tourist centre with a scenic beach, harbour, and shore fishing.

An Spidéal
The Pier, Spiddal
The Pier, Spiddal
Spiddal is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°14′39″N 9°18′21″W / 53.244184°N 9.30586°W / 53.244184; -9.30586Coordinates: 53°14′39″N 9°18′21″W / 53.244184°N 9.30586°W / 53.244184; -9.30586
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Galway
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Village 1,450
 • Urban 250
 • Rural 1,200
Irish Grid Reference M130225
The only official name of this Gaeltacht village is An Spidéal. The anglicized spellings Spiddal has no official status.[2]
R336 road, Spiddal


The villageEdit

There is a broad range of shops and services. On the eastern side of the village is An Ceardlann, a craft village. There is a primary school and a secondary school in the village.

On most weekend nights, and sometimes during the week in the summer, there is live traditional Irish music in the pubs, most of which double as restaurants.

The village is served by Bus Éireann route 424 from Galway City.

An tSean Chéibh

The village river, the Boluisce, flows south from Boluisce Lake and enters Galway Bay at Spiddal.[4]

Culture and sportEdit

Each summer, groups of Irish teenagers visit Spiddal for three-week Irish language courses. American students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Collegeville Township, Minnesota visit for the autumn semester each year to study Irish-language literature and culture.

Coláiste Chonnacht and Coláiste Lurgan are two local Irish language schools.

The Scottish/Irish folk-influenced music group The Waterboys recorded part of their Fisherman's Blues album in An Spidéal. They also recorded a song called Spring Comes to Spiddal on their album Room to Roam. The television series Ros na Rún is filmed in An Spidéal and shown on TG4.

The local Gaelic Athletic Association club is CLG An Spidéal. Gaelic football and hurling are the most popular local sports, and there is also a sailing club in the village.

Notable residentsEdit

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