Tuam Things to Do
The Cornmill in Tuam closed in the 1960's.Fortunately it has been restored over the years. Entry is free, so it is pleasant diversion if you are visiting the Tourist Information office which is housed on the ground floor of the building.The staff are very knowledgable and chatty - very refreshing.The grassy areas around the mill are also very...more
Knock Ma is a wooded hill that lies a few miles from Tuam, after the village of Belclare on the road to Headford.The local authority have put in a car park for a dozen or so cars and a well made, broad path that runs in a circular loop that encircles the hill. It passes within a about 30 meters of the summit which can easily be reached. The whole...more
A: Because he always saves from a high cross.A bit of silly blasphemy aside, one of the most important historical artefacts in Tuam is the High cross of Tuam, which used to stand in the centre of town, but now resides in the Church of Ireland Cathedral (the proddy one)It is thought that Tuam was the capital of Ireland way back in the 12th century....more
The trains don't run to Tuam anymore - a great pity. But there is now a campaign called "west=on=track" to bring them back.
The old railway building have however has become a nice location for a good cafe.
There are plenty of bits a pieces of railwayana left to look at.
Favorite Dish: Fried Brekkie is excellent, with a humungous pot of tea. It was like a magicians hat - the tea never seemed to stop coming out of the spout. Spent most of the rest of the morning finding bogs (to piddle in rather than dig up and burn) around the town.
They also serve very hearty dinners. Normall bacon, chicken, beef and one other meat are on the menu. All are served on the hottest plates you have ever come across with mountains of vegtables and potatoes.
If you want a traditional irish pub that is unspoilt by tourism this is it.
The inside gives reminders of when most Irish pubs also sold everything else you needed. The Guinness is kept well and the age range of people is diverse.
The ceiling apparantly was was last repaired in 1922. The tradesman in question absconded to the USA for some reason and the job has never been completed since.
An Irishman once told me that the word "manyana" (spanish) has an equilvalent word in irish but - "without the sense of urgency".
That sums this place up !
UPDATE : 2007. curses ! the place has had a total re-vamp. Despite that, it still looks pretty much like it did before. The new owners have also dramatically changed the food menu. The wife of the partnership is Slovakian - so the food has a quite East European feel to it. I ate a rather wonderful Hungarian goulash, with lashings of paprika in it.
Dress Code: eh ? it's a pub !
The nearest airport to Tuam is Galway. It is however a very small airport with few connected destinations. Look up 'aer arann' who are the main users of the airport, with flights from Dublin and a couple of places in the UK.
The other alternative to Knock International airport in County Mayo. It's about a 40 minute drive from Tuam. Various low cost operaters now use this airport including Ryanair, BMIbaby and Mytravelite. They fly to arious UK destinations such as Stansted, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester. You may also get a seat on a charter flight to the airport.
For more details have a look at my Knock page.Related to:
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Tuam Off The Beaten Path
UPDATE 2010 : mattie sadly passed away last year. This Is therefore in memory of this wonderfully amiable character.I just don't hold with all this modern 'stylist' rubbish. A bunch of out of work air stewards charging you thirty quid to play with your hair and drip feed you weak coffee.Give me an old fashioned, proper, old-school barber any...more
By the small river that runs through Tuam opposite the mill is a very small quiet area that contains a memorial to the fallen of the 9/11 attack on the twin towers. The monument consists of two dead wooden trees that have been sculpted to resemble in some way the outline of the towers.I found it to be a very poiniant, dignified and thoughtful...more
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Tuam Sports & Outdoors
I'm not entirely sure why Americans feel the need to add 'ing' to golf...Do they learn grammar in school ?
Anyway, if you feel the need to ruin a good walk then Tuam can lay claim to two parkland-type courses that both readily accept visitors.
The Tuam golf course is just over 100 years old whilst the new Ardacong course is 2kms north of the town on the Sligo road.
There is also a pitch & putt course if you just fancy a shorter diversion. There is also a nice little cafe at the location, about 2kms out of town on the Dublin Road.Related to:
Favorite thing: The band the 'Saw doctors' are all Tuam men, born and dragged up. They tour all over the world. Perhaps best known as a raucous stage act, they have a devoted following in Ireland, an almost manical devotion in Tuam. They are also known right across America.
They still play hometown gigs occassionally, and band members can often be found having a quiet drink in a local bar.
Many of their songs refer to their hometown such as a personal favourite of mine about the N17 (the road from Galway to Tuam) whose lyrics lie below :
Well I didn't see much future
When I left the Christian brothers school
So I waved it goodbye with a wistful smile
And I left the girls of Tuam
And sometimes when I'm reminiscing
I see the prefabs and my old friends
And I know that they'll be changed or gone
By the time I get home again
And I wish I was on that N 17
(Stone walls and the grasses green)
Yes I wish I was on that N 17
(Stone walls and the grasses green)
Travelling with just my thoughts and dreams
Well the ould fella left me to Shannon
Was the last time I travelled that road
and as I turned left at Claregalway
I could feel a lump in my throat
As I pictured the thousands of times
That I travelled that well worn track
And I know that things would be different
If I ever decide to go back
Now as I tumble down highways
Or filthy overcrowded trains
There's no one to talk to in transit
So I sit there and daydream in vain
And behind all these muddled up problems
Of living on a foreign soil
I can still see the twists and turns on the road
From the square to the town of the tribes