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Including Ballymoe, Creggs, Glinsk

, a village situated half way between Dunmore and Ballymoe in North Galway. Few other places will boast of such a strange beginning because it was founded in the last century by William McDermott, a local landlord, just to spite a rival who tried to establish another town close by! All is quiet in Williamstown now, as the era of the landlord is long over, and the other town failed to survive.
He also helped with the building of the old church of the Sacred Heart completed in 1839.

Templetogher Oatmeal Mill in Williamstown County Galway Ireland

Mickie Timothy Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival in Williamstown County Galway

Templetogher, 'the Church of the Pass', is the ancient seat of Christianity in the parish. The earliest church outline can still be seen in Templetogher. Nearby is St. Patrick's Well, a popular pilgrimage place until recent times. Tradition says that St. Patrick passed this way in the fifth century.

Mickie Timothy Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival
The annual festival includes concerts, céilís, workshops, music, dancing and singing sessions, as well as busking competitions. Mickie was a well-loved character who was born in the nearby townland of Carranderry in this remote corner close to Roscommon and Mayo, and lived there all his life. He started playing accordion at the age of 9, learning from a lady called Maggie Kenny. Whenever music was required, Mickie was the one they sent for, and he always came willingly. He often played for stations, when Mass was held in a home. The festivities would continue well into the night with plenty of music and dance. Mickie was a farmer and tradesman (carpenter), an active strong man, jolly and outgoing. He travelled everywhere by bicycle and was still on the bike in his eighties. Mickie Timothy who died in 1996 at the age of 87.
Places of interest around Williamstown include Corralough lake, mills at Templetoghter and Clough, holy wells at Templetogher and Beaugh, many ringforts throughout Williamstown, and parts of ancient roadways at Castletogher.
Glinsk Castle, reputed to be the last castle built in this country.
Dunamon Castle is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited building in Ireland. Ballinakill Abbey is reputed to be the first gothic Church in Connacht.

Old Traditions of Williamstown

Wakes: Up to about 1926 wakes in the parish lasted two nights. The priest came to the house on the morning of the funeral and said mass in the kitchen but later that year it was arranged that the dead be removed to church.
Match Making: Up to around 1924 marriages were "Made Matches". When a match was made between a boy and a girl, the fathers would decide on the marriage by the amount of money and land to be exchanged.


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