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Yeats’ trail takes Galway Golden Mile built heritage award

South Galway’s Yeats’ Mile was among the winners in this year’s Golden Mile of Galway Awards. Councillor Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach Galway County Council and Delia Colahan CEO of Galway Rural Development presented the Golden Mile of Galway Awards 2015 and launched the Golden Mile 2016 Calendar in Claregalway on Thursday. The overall winner of the Golden Mile was Lisheenaheilta Golden Mile Group, Glenamaddy. The Burren Lowlands Group, Gort, took home the Built Heritage award for the Yeats’ Mile at Ballylee. The Yeats’ Mile extends from Ballylee Cross to the Ballyaneen lios or fort. It is one of the most historic roads in the county as it includes Thoor Ballylee, an old mill previously operated by the Rowland family and restored in the 1990s and miller’s house, Yeats’ cottage which dates back to 1870, ring forts, a blessed well and 19th century farmhouses. Among those to have traversed the route were WB Yeats, Lady Gregory, the blind poet Raftery and the local …

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Gort’s Golden Mile

Gort was a winner of the Golden Mile competition run by Galway County Council and Galway Rural Development. The Gort Golden Mile begins in the townland of Ballynamantan and ends in Kinincha. The awards were presented by Councillor Mary Hoade, Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council and Tom Madden, Chairperson, Galway Rural Development presented the Golden Mile of Galway Awards and launched the Golden Mile 2015 Calendar in the Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway on Wednesday. Over 200 people attended the launch. Sr de Lourdes Fahy and Adrian Feeney, collected the award, represented the Burren Lowlands Group. They received a certificate and a Natural Heritage Print designed by Sabine Springer. The Golden Mile award was for the Mile showing the Most Potential and was presented by Dr Christy Cunniffe. Sr De Lourdes and Mr Feeney acknowledged the work carried out by many people in order to achieve this award including Gort No Name Club, Margaret Rochford Community Employment Programme, Pat Finn from Gateway/Galway …

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