This tranquil countryside contains rich fine farmland. As a result it has been inhabited since prehistory, and archaeologicl remains are everywhere here. Loughrea's ecclesiastical connections stretch back through the mists of time, and continue today. Recent developments in the town to make it a very pleasant shopping centre.
The town can boast of having the only working 'Town Moat' in Ireland. This waterfilled mediaeval moat was built in the mid-13th century. It ran directly outside the mediaeval walls, and its circuit can still be seen. Loughrea town is named after the grey lake near which it is built. It has excellent fishing and boats can be hired locally.
Where to stay
Loughrea has a large choice of great places to stay from hotels, guesthouses and B&B's
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