Gort is the main town in the Burren Lowlands, a limestone area stretching from Kilcolgan in Soth Galway to Crusheen in North Clare. Gort is a place of huge historic and archaeological interest with a number of megalithic tombs, monastic settlements and ancient graveyards within a stone’s throw of the town.
The 18th century weigh house in the town’s square has recently been restored and now serves as a tourist information office. The former home of dramatist and folklorist Lady Augusta Gregory, Coole Park is a haven of peace and tranquility. George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge and Sean O’Casey all came to experience its magic during the Irish literary revival. The seven woods are part of the many kilometres of nature trails taking in woods, rivers, turloughs, bare limestone and lakes. Celebrating 20 successful years in business, The Lady Gregory Hotel is the perfect gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.
The townland of Gort is also home to Thoor Ballylee, the former home of WB Yeats, described by Seamus Heany as the most important building in Ireland. Like many other rural towns, the economic crisis hit Gort hard resulting in shop closures and emigration, losing a staggering 15% of its working population in five years. Thankfully the area has experienced a resurgence in growth since then. Gort has welcomed with open arms a variety of exciting additions to the retail offering in the town.
With such a unique cultural heritage and the positive impact of the M17/M18 motorway on business, the future is bright for the South Galway town. Here are some of the very successful businesses operating in Gort.
- The Field Gastro Pub
Serving the very best in pub grub, fine wines and craft beers, The Field’s intimate and comfortable atmosphere is the perfect setting for a romantic meal or a family event.
2. ReTone Hair Salon
Celebrating 7 years of successful business in Gort, ReTone Hair Salon specialise in upstyles, colour and highlights.
3. Pat Smyth’s Ladies & Gents Fashions
With over 40 years of experience, owners Pat and Mary provide a personal shopping experience for every customer. They stock a number of leading labels along with a wide range of casual and occasionwear in the footwear department.
4. Claddagh Optical
This optician strives to deliver an excellent personal shopping service, the best value and quality eyewear. The business, which has been in operation for nearly 20 years, stock a range of designer brands and offer the latest in lens innovation.
5. Leah Kelly Hair Design
Celebrating 8 years in business this year, the team at Leah Kelly Hair Design provide their customers with the latest hair trends, affordable brands and a great cup of coffee.