Laundry room with Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer, sink for cleaning fish etc. and chest freezer.
The Town of Headford (Ath Cinn)
The small town of Headford is located four miles from Annaghkeen. This would be the nearest place to get supplies. Here also is a branch of Bank of Ireland and ATM machines. Post Office, Supermarket, Garages and fishing tackle supplies. There are pubs and bars here, many of which have regular sessions of traditional Irish music.
Campbell’s Tavern is a well known music venue and some surprisingly big names can turn up here.
Ross Errilly Friary is one of the best preserved 14th century Franciscan Friarys in Ireland and for those interested in Irelands long history well worth a look.
Annaghkeen itself is an ancient celtic site. With it’s 12th century ruined castle (said to be the oldest example of a castle built entirely from undressed stone in Ireland) built by the De Burgo family to keep out the marauding O’Flaherty’s from across the lough.
The view from the cottage bedroom looks out upon an ancient cairn where bronze age gold and artefacts were discovered (now residing in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin)
It is said that every man in Annaghkeen is a stone mason and the variety and number of stone buildings and walls in the area certainly gives weight to this assertion.
Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the state covers 44,000 acres. It extends from Galway City to Maam in Conamara, a distance of thirty five miles approximately.
The vast expanse of water remains unrivalled in Europe for it’s variety of scenery and amenities.
Salmon and Brown Trout are the main species sought after by anglers but monster pike lurk in the depths and there is always the chance of a Sea Trout.
Access to the lake is five minutes stroll down a leafy lane. This brings you to Annaghkeen Pier where local fishermen keep their own boats and where space permitting visitors may moor their own.
There are many local boatmen who can take you out, and their local expertise has often proved invaluable when trying to find fish on this huge expanse of water.
We ask that anyone bringing a boat makes sure that it is thoroughly power washed to avoid the risk of bringing the Zebra Mussel to the Lough.
The trout season runs from February 15th to September 30th and Salmon from February 1st to September 30th.
“The city of the Tribes” is a coastal town sixteen miles from Annaghkeen and within easy driving distance should you need a “city fix” Although it has seen tremendous growth in the past few years it has never lost the charm, openness and character that attracts visitors year after year.
Stroll down the little medieval streets listening to the buskers or wander into one of the many pubs along Shop Street for a pint of stout and listen to the talented musicians who play traditional music almost every where you go.
Shopaholics are catered for too and there is a wealth of shops both large and small to look at. (we even have a Marks and Spencers now).
Here is a list of some of the places and events that Galway has to offer:
Druid theatre - http://www.druidtheatre.com/
Galway Town Hall Theatre - http://www.townhalltheatregalway.com/
Galway Omniplex -
Galway Arts Festival - http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/
Galway Races - http://www.galwayraces.com/
Oyster Festival - http://www.galwayoysterfest.com/
30km off the coast of Galway lie the beautiful Aran Islands. The largest of these with an Irish speaking population of 900 is Inis Mór. Well worth a trip these islands (Inis Meaín and Inis Oírr are the other two) lie in the mouth of Galway bay but are geographically linked to the limestone rock of the Burren in County Clare. The islands have a rich history which can be seen from the proliferation of monuments from prehistoric and Christian times.
Corrib Quartet - http://www.corribquartet.com/