Ballinasloe is steeped in history and was established by the Trench Family in the late 18th Century and early 19th Century. The town has a significant build heritage with three story buildings lining the streets bearing notable and important architectural design from the last Century. The origins of Ballinasloe lie in its gaelic counterpart – Baile Atha na Sluaighe which means Ford on the river Suck. The Marina in the town on the River Suck is a beautiful feature and well worth a visit. In fact the waterways have played the main role in the development of the town, with the first significant development in the form of a Norman castle constructed on its western banks, the remains of which still survive just off Bridge Street. Ballinasloe was also fortunate to have a branch of the Grand Canal connected to it – although the canal did not physically connect with the Grand Canal the main line of the Grand Canal reached Shannon Harbour in 1804 - connecting with the Shannon on its east bank. The expansion of the Grand Canal to the town in 1828 assisted the expansion of the corn trade and effectively opened up Ballinasloe as a market town to the wider hinterland and the rest of the country.
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Ballinasloe Area Community Development Ltd. Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre Creagh Ballinasloe Co. Galway Tel: 090 9646516
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