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An Spidéal (Irish: An Spidéal, meaning "the hospital", Irish pronunciation: [ənˠ ˈsˠpʲɪdʲeːlˠ]) is a Gaeltacht 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 Caladh Mór, An Spidéal
|Elevation||5 m (16 ft)|
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|The only official name of this Gaeltacht village is An Spidéal. The anglicized spellings Spiddal has no official status.|
There are a broad range of shops and services. On the eastern side of the village is An Ceardlann, a craft village. Cloon Keen Atelier candles are made in an industrial estate 1 km east of the 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. On the first Wednesday of every month there is an Alternative Session at 9pm in An Droighneán Donn, one of the pubs.
The village is served by Bus Éireann route 424 from Galway City.
The local river, Abhainn Bhoth Loiscthe, flows south from Loch Bhoth Loiscthe and enters Galway Bay at An Spidéal.
Culture and sportEdit
Each summer, groups of Irish teenagers visit An Spidéal 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.
Examples of Irish colleges around the Spiddal area are 'Coláiste Chonnacht' and the well-known 'Coláiste Lurgan'.
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.
- Mary Bergin - Musician
- Ronan Browne - Musician
- Thom McGinty - Actor and stillness artist
- Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin - Journalist, author, sports official and the sixth president of the International Olympic Committee
- Seán Ó Neachtain - Former Member of the European Parliament and Fianna Fáil politician
- Gráinne Seoige - Television presenter
- Síle Seoige - Television presenter
- Charlie Lennon - Musician
- Seán Ó Gallchobhair - Irish cyclist and musician
- John Feeney, father of John Ford & Francis Ford
- Máirtín Thornton (died 1984) was an Irish heavyweight boxer in the 1940s
- Census 2011 – Population Classified by Area Table 6 Population of each province, county, city, urban area, rural area and electoral division, 2006 and 2011
- Spiddal Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-02-06.
- Owenboliskey River Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-11-20.