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Spiddal (Irish: An Spidéal, meaning "the hospital", Irish pronunciation: [ənˠ ˈsˠpʲɪdʲeːlˠ]) is a village on the shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland. It is 18 kilometres (11 mi) west of Galway city, on the R336 road. Spiddal is on the eastern side of the county's Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) and of the Connemara region. It is a centre for tourism with a scenic beach, harbour and shore fishing. The village is part of the civil parish of Moycullen.
Main Street (R336)
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|In statute law, the village's official name is An Spidéal, or in the English language, Spiddal.|
There is a broad range of shops and services. On the eastern side of the village is An Cheardlann, a craft village. There is a primary school and a secondary school in the village.
Culture and sportEdit
Each summer, groups of Irish teenagers visit Spiddal for three-week Irish language courses. American students 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 music group The Waterboys recorded part of their Fisherman's Blues album in Spiddal. They also recorded a song called Spring Comes to Spiddal on their album Room to Roam. The television series Ros na Rún is filmed there, and broadcast 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
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- http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2003/act/32/enacted/en/print.html Official Languages Act 2003
- "An Spidéal / Spiddle | logainm.ie". logainm.ie. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
- Owenboliskey River Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-11-20.