Maam Valley, County Galway
The quaint wooded town land of Maam can be found in the Connemara region. In the shadow of the Maamturk Mountains and situated ideally beside some great fishing lakes, this picturesque setting has a somewhat enchanting feel to it with numerous pre-historic and early historic sites scattered around the area.
Visitors can take the Western Way – a long diatance walking trail, which takes a route from the southern end of the Maam Valley and culminating at the ancient site of Mámean. Along this trail you’ll be swept away by the amazing views and beautiful scenery.
Nearby you’ll also find “Leaba Pháirc” (Patrick’s bed), a rock recess and “Tobar Pháraic” (Patrick’s well). These two sites were traditionally visited on a Sunday in July as prat of a pilgrimage, but this happens less frequently in present times. Some also believed that Patrick’s well had magical healing powers that could cure livestock as well as some human ailments.
Other features of the valley include an angling centre where Failmorem Bealanabracka and Joyce’s River meet on their way to Lough Corrib. Kilmeelickin Church is also in the Maam Valley and houses the stained glass of window of St. Brendan (1950) created by Dublin born Evie Hone (1894 – 1055).
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