Spiddal (Irish: An Spidéal, meaning "the hospital", Irish pronunciation: [ənˠ ˈsˠpʲɪdʲeːlˠ])[3] 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 beach, harbour and shore fishing. The village is part of the civil parish of Moycullen.

An Spidéal
Main Street (R336)
Main Street (R336)
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
CountyCounty Galway
Irish Grid ReferenceM130225
In statute law, the village's official name is An Spidéal, or in the English language, Spiddal.[2]
The Pier, Spiddal


The old harbour

There are a number of shops and services in the area. 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.

Live traditional Irish music is regularly performed in the village's pubs, some of which double as restaurants.[citation needed]

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements An Spidéal". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2003/act/32/enacted/en/print.html Official Languages Act 2003
  3. ^ "An Spidéal / Spiddle | logainm.ie". logainm.ie. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  4. ^ Owenboliskey River Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-11-20.