Annaghdown, situated on the shores of Lough Corrib , was once the site of a 12th century diocese, later abandoned by the Diocese of Tuam. Saint Brendan of Clonfert is supposed to have died here in 577 A.D., having first founded a monastery. The archaeological remains of the village reflect its monastic history, and comprise holy wells (named after Saint Brendan and Saint Cormac) and ruins of a castle , the cathedral, and Augustinian priory another religious foundation. Annaghdown has a particularly tragic place in Irish history. Before the local roads were properly surfaced it was customary for the people of the vicinity to travel by boat to Galway to market, animals, poultry, people and produce travelled together in the boats.


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