Tuam gets its name from the Tumulus - a bronze age burial ground - on which the town is built. It was established in the 5th century when St Jarlath founded a monastery here, stopping when a wheel broke on his chariot. The O'Connor Kings, Turlough and Ruari, lived here In the 11th century. Turlough built a castle and an abbey which later became a cathedral. All that remains is part of the wall of their castle, a stone throne known as the chair of Tuam, and the O'Connor name. Attacked several times in the 16th and 17th centuries, the town has stood up to the ravages of time.
Where to stay
Tuam has a wide range of comfortable accommodation options from hotels, guesthouses, and B&B's.