Local Living – A Look At Loughrea



Less than 30 minutes from Galway city, the lakeside town of Loughrea is located on the ancient route between the county’s two largest towns – Ballinasloe to the east and Galway City to the west.

Historically known as ‘the town of the grey lake’, Loughrea is one of Galway’s old medieval towns. Founded in 1236 by Richard de Burgo, an Anglo-Norman knight who built a castle along an ancient route between the River Shannon and the coast, Loughrea still retains its medieval street pattern and narrow plots.

One of the most intriguing features of the bustling market town is that its moat still functions. Indeed, it is the only medieval town moat still operating in Ireland – and can be seen at its best along a charming 18th-century mall known simply as ‘The Walk’.

It’s clear lake waters provide excellent trout angling and the lake has been awarded the Blue Flag environmental award for the seventh year in a row. Lough Rea is also of international importance for water birds and is a designated Natural Heritage Area. Swimming, fishing, birdwatching, shopping and dining – Loughrea has it all.

If you’re planning a visit to the town of Loughrea, make sure to pay a visit to these businesses! 

  1. Martin Fahy Menswear

Celebrating 70 years in business, the store offers customers contemporary fashion in a modern retail environment. From tracksuits to tuxedos, Martin Fahy Menswear stock something for everyone!

2. The Studio

Specialising in prescription colour and highlights, as well as makeovers and Gelish nail polishes – this salon is a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs!

3. Platinum Hair 

Striving to create high quality cuts, colours and styles while using organic and sustainable products, this hair salon will treat your hair with the highest level of care!