Monivea is situated approximately 16km from Galway Airport, 25.6km Northeast of Galway City, and 9.6km from the historical town of Athenry. The village adjoins extensive woodlands and peaceful countryside. The economics of the area is agricultural based, with emphasis on dairy and shop farming, and the total population is 820. The village was created by Robert French, a member of the fourteen tribes of Galway in the mid 18th century. He developed a linen industry on the estate and by 1770, there were 270 houses with 96 looms and 370 spinning wheels and a broad green for flax drying running through the village. These broad greens have been preserved by the local community and give Monivea its really unique feature today.


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