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Spiddal
, is a small seaside village located just 12 miles West of Galway City. An Spidéal is a vibrant friendly town where the people speak both Irish and English. Spiddal is probably best known for Colaiste Chonnacht to which students come from all over Ireland and the world to learn the Irish language, culture and traditions. The Connemara village name is thought to have come from Ospidéal, meaning hospital, named after a hospital within the village many centuries ago.
The signposts are all in the Irish language and you will hear it spoken in the shops, pubs and restaurants. Most people will be more than happy to teach you a couple of words if you ask.

 
View from Spiddal across Galway Bay Local Beach at Spiddal County Galway

Spiddal Craft Centre
Spiddal Craft Centre is where you can see crafts being made which gives a rare opportunity to buy unique handmade gifts directly from the skilled Artisans themselves. Consisting of a range of workshops, including candle making, leather work, pottery, screen-printing and siopa Gaeilge, weaving, celtic jewellery, bodhran making, wood-turning and a Restaurant.

Tra na mBan

Spiddal has two beaches on Galway Bay; one is by the roadside east of the village, the other is sheltered behind the pier and is reached by means of a narrow road west of the village. The rocks behind the pier, and the pier itself, provide some shore angling when the mackerel shoals are in. Galway has six Blue Flag Beaches. Tra na mBan in Spiddal is one of those, a rural beach which is easily accessible. Located close to Shannagarraun wood which is a Special Area of Conservation. The Oaks and Hazel and Holly and Birch have an under storey rich in ferns, mosses and lichens.
 
Typical Connemara thatched cottage County Galway Ireland The Craft Centre at Spiddal County Galway
 
 
 

 

 
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