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BELCLARE, a parish, in the barony of CLARE, County Galway, 6km (S.W.) from Tuam, on the road to Headfort. A monastery of Franciscan friars was founded here in 1291, and at an early period had acquired very ample possessions, but little more of its history is recorded. The celebrated hill of Knockman, or Knockma, from which is an extensive and delightful view, is situated in the parish; and there are several extensive tracts of bog, and a flour-mill. The gentlemen's seats are Thomastown, the residence of Capt. Kirwan, and New-Garden, of Roderick O'Connor, Esq. It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, and, with a portion of the rectory, forms part of the union of Tuam; the other portion of the rectory is appropriate to the deanery of Tuam. In the R. C. divisions it is the head of a union or district, called Clare-Tuam, comprising the parishes of Belclare, Kilmoylan, and Kilmacrean, and containing two chapels, situated respectively in Belclare and Kilmacrean. A school for Protestant females was wholly supported by Mrs. Kirwan, of Castle Hackett.
Places of Interest

Knockma the great 'Hill of Maeve' is situated 5 miles/8kmwest of Tuam. Maeve the legendary Queen of Connacht is reputed to be buried in the Cairns on the summit of the hill from which one of the greatest panoramic views in Ireland may be obtained. Tradition also points to Knockma as the home of fairy legend. For here Finvarra, King of Connacht fairies, is reputed to have held his court. This partially wooded hill contains examples of the famous Burren flora, the Spring Gentian and the Purple Helleborine to name but two species.


Amenities / Things To Do

Belclare/ Corofin GAA
Local Golf Society
Active Pioneer Association
Music & Craic in Canavan's Pub at weekends.
Birdwatching at the Turlough

Business Directory

Burkes Coaches ; Claretuam - Tel : +353 (0)93 55416
Belclare National School,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55569
Belclare Quarries Ltd.,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55911
Belclare Post Office, Tel : +353 (0)93 55411
Canavan's General Store, Lounge Bars, Tel : +353 (0)93 55411
Candle Creations, Claretuam, Tel : +353 (0)93 55603
Curley Mark, Building Contr., Moneen, Rusheens ; Tel : +353 (0)93 415 35
Cunningham Michael, Garage, Biggera,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55666
Dooley Francis, Plumbing Contr., Ballaghbawn,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55381
Exodus Consultants, Belclare ,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55557
Fitzgerald Pat, Butcher,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55450
GMR Coffee Specialists, Claretuam,
Tel : +353 (0)93 5940
Higgins Panel Beating Service, Caherlea,
Tel : +353 (0)93 41056
ITC, Alan Loughrey, Pollinahalla,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55557
King Bus Hire ;
Belclare, Tuam, Co. Galway - Tel : +353 (0)87 6977634
Lydon Leo, Bldg. Contr., Castle Hackett,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55474
Loughrey Cyril, Taxi Driver, Pollinahallia, Tel : +353 (0)93 55333
Magill Sarah ; Belclare Tuam Galway  - Tel: (0)93 55674
McCabe Upholstery ; Belclare - Tel : +353 (0)86 8329333
McHugh Transport, Ballaghbawn,
Tel : +353 (0)93 5546
McTigue Quarries,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55011
Mid West Kitchens ; Belclare - Tel : +353
(0)86 8329333
Mortimer Frank, Quarries,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55757
Naughton P., Electrician., Rusheens
 - Tel : +353 (0)93 41347
O'Grady Oil Ltd., Belclare,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55410
Servisan Ltd., Beagh More,
Tel : +353 (0)93 55933

Glenworth B&B ;
Rusheens, Belclare  -  Tel : +353 (0)93 55020
McGrath's B&B ;
Belclare  -  
Tel : +353 (0)93 55481


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