Milltown is a pleasant
little village situated on the upper reaches of the Clare River, on the
N17 between Tuam, County Galway, and Claremorris in County Mayo. It is noted for
its trout and salmon fishing. The local Development Association won the
1991 Ireland West Tourism Environmental Quality Award for the restoration
of the old mill tank and the provision of a 550 meter river walk. In 2000,
this project won 1st place in the "Waterside Award" in the National Tidy
Milltown now boasts one of
the finest Heritage Parks in the West of Ireland, which includes amenity
area, children's playground, picnic areas, and it adjoins the Clare River
Walk and a 4.5km Sli-Na-Sláinte scenic rural walk; and, had, in fact, won
1st place in County Galway in the National Tidy Towns Competition for 8 years
- 1996-2003 incl.
Milltown Community Council has been very active in promoting and
developing their parish, the most significant achievement to date being
the building of a Community Centre, which is a place for the young and old
to learn, enjoy and participate in many varied activities. A campaign has
also been launched to encourage industrialists to locate businesses in
Milltown, with an offer of sites at below market value in an industrial
park off the busy N17 route. The N17 being the main rout from
Galway City to the
Northern counties of Ireland.
Milltown was the
birthplace of some famous people, including ;
Dick Dowling (1838-1867) Hero of the Battle of the Sabine Pass
(Texas) in the American Civil War.
John Birmingham (1816-1884) Astronomer, Poet & Geologist.
M J Molloy (1917-1994) Playwright / Folklorist.
Michael Lohan one of the pioneers of the Gaelic Revival among Irish
Americans at the end of the 19th century.