The Swimming Area

Known locally as ‘the swimming area’, the Portumna Water Recreation Park is a magnet for swimmers and anyone who enjoys splashing around. It’s a very picturesque part of the lake, with distinctive wetland reeds forming wavy shapes around the water’s edge. It’s also a great location for birdwatching. Mallard, teal and tufted duck are on

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Portumna Castle

One of the finest buildings to visit in this attractive Co. Galway town is Portumna Castle with its walled kitchen gardens. Although gutted by fire in 1826, the castle is still an incredible example of Irish 17th-century architecture. Built before 1618 by Richard de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, the castle became the main seat

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Portumna Abbey

The old Abbey in Portumna is a favourite with kids, who love to play hide-and-seek in the many nooks of the ruins. With its stately arches, doorways and different sections, it’s a fantastic place for kids to run around and expend energy. For adults, it’s a striking relic of a medieval Cistercian abbey. It was

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Pod Umna Village

Set in Heart of Portumna Town, Co. Galway. Pod Umna offers visitors a very rare and unique experience, all the fun and feel of a woodland setting with the added convenience of a Town central location. If you haven’t experienced it yet, ‘Glamping’ is a great way to go camping. You stay in Pods, Huts

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Portumna Forest Park

For nature lovers, Portumna Forest Park is heaven! It’s on the northern shore of Lough Derg, with a great range of tree-lined and lakeside trails to choose from. Why not bring a picnic as an extra treat! Cycling is the best way to see the forest — after all, it covers almost 600 hectares (1,500

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Irish Workhouse

Workhouses are a checkered part of Irish history. 163 workhouses operated in Ireland from the early 1840s to the early 1920s. The workhouse or ‘poorhouse’ has been described as "the most feared and hated institution ever established in Ireland." During and after the Great Famine, people who could not support themselves came to workhouses, where

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