COUNTY GALWAY

 

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COUNTY GALWAY

"Galway County Republic of Ireland, a maritime county, western Republic of Ireland, in Connaught Province, bounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean; after county Cork, Galway is the largest Irish county. Most of the eastern part of county Galway is a plain with extensive bogs, but the Connemara region in the west, extending south from county Mayo to Galway Bay, is rugged in terrain, with Benbaun Mountain, in the Twelve Pins (Twelve Bens) group, reaching a height of 730 m (2395 ft) above sea level. The Galway coast has many inlets and is dotted with islands. The county has numerous lakes, the largest being Lough Corrib, 43 km (27 mi) long. The economy of county Galway is based largely upon the growing of wheat, oats, barley, and potatoes and the raising of sheep, pigs, and poultry. Fishing, gathering kelp, and quarrying limestone, gravel, marl, and black and red marble are also important. The principal towns of the county are the county borough Galway, Ballinasloe, Tuam, and Loughrea. Several ancient encampments, burial sites, and ruins of castles and monasteries are in the county. Area, 5939 sq km (2293 sq mi); population (1991) 180,364.
[From "Galway (county, Republic of Ireland)," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 98 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.]

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