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Menlough  ~   Mountbellew
 
 
Menlough is a village in north east of County Galway, lying 38 km from Galway and 30 km from Tuam.

Historically, Menlough was in the Barony of Hymany which was a stronghold of the O'Mannion clan. The ruins of an O'Mannion castle are located in the fields behind the "grotto" in the centre of the village.

 
 
Another O'Mannion castle in the parish is better known as there are more extensive ruins. This second ruin is known as "Garbally castle". It is visible to travellers from Galway to Menlough as they pass through Skehana (half parish of Menlough).

Other notable historical monuments include the 'old IRA' monument, erected in the 90s in the centre of the village. It can be seen opposite Jordans shop (formally McLoughlins) on the main street.

During the Irish War of Independence, a local landlord and large landholder Joyce was shot dead in the parish of Menlough as he walked to Mass. No-one was ever apprehended for this crime and the incident forms part of parish folklore. The irony was that the landlord Joyce considered himself more Irish than anyone. He was a supporter of the cause and the whole Joyce clan had a history of helping the locals stretching back to before the famine. The ruins of Joyce's house are still visible in the townland of Corgary as are the fine walls built to protect his lands.
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
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