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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.

Spiddal
Village
An Spidéal
The Pier, Spiddal
The Pier, Spiddal
Spiddal is located in Ireland
Spiddal
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 official name of the village is An Spidéal, and its English name is Spiddal.[2]
R336 road, Spiddal

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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.

 
The old harbour

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 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.

The local Gaelic Athletic Association club is Cumann Lúthchleas Gael An Spidéal, with Gaelic football and hurling being the most popular sports. There is also a sailing club in the village.

Notable residentsEdit

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