Corrib Connect


While Lough Corrib appears in many different publications and books, here are some of the most popular ones:

Wilde's Lough Corrib is regarded as the most important book ever written on Lough Corrib. It has been reprinted several times since its original publication date. Indeed, in the preface to the book listed below entitled 'The Corrib Country', the author Richard Hayward pays homage to Wilde's work:

"In writing The Corrib Country I have not in any sense sought to usurp the secure affection which Sir William Wilde's Lough Corrib enjoys in the hearts of those multitudes of people all over the world who are not Irish but who love Ireland and the Irish scene. Sir William's pioneer work, in its painstaking detail, its wide sweep, and its picturesque Victorian assurance, is likely to remain for all time the standard book on the subject to which so delightfully, and betimes so solemnly, it addresses itself".

   Books Written By Maurice Semple

'The Fair Hills of Ireland' (1914) written by Stephen Gwynn; illustrated by Hugh Thomson and published by Maunsel and Co. Ltd, Dublin and London seeks to inform the traveller about the history of Ireland.

The book contains a chapter entitled 'Cong Tuam and the Surrounding Country The Firbolgs' in which the author refers to the Battle of Moytura, the Firbolgs, the Tuatha de Danann and to ancient monuments and cairns. One such example is a reference to 'Meeneen Uisge' a deep well which exists in 'a chasm of the limestone rock through which the floods of Mask percolate into Lough Corrib'. Gwynn quotes passages from Wilde's Lough Corrib book throughout the chapter.

Gwynn provides an interesting insight on different areas and structures around the Corrib (examples: Cong, Headford, Ros Errilly Abbey), interspersed with tales of the people who resided in those parts from pre-christian times to the time of writing.

This recently written book has an interesting mix of information on items relating to the Corrib as well as tales about the people who resided in the County and City area. The chapters giving information on the Corrib include -'The O'Flaherty Rent' which relates to Aughnanure Castle; The Menlo Dolmen (of archaelogical significance); 'Sunday Boy Blake' (who lived in Menlo Castle in the 1800's); 'Galway - What's in a name?' and 'A Scientific Genius' (about scientist Richard Kirwan who resided at Menlo Castle). In fact many of the chapters in this book mention either Lough Corrib or the River itself and is an interesting read.

This newly published book is recommended by Tom Kenny of the Galway Advertiser who used material from this book to produce an article on the Galway Patriot Tom Courtney who suffered at the hands of the Black and Tans and Galway. Click on the link under ‘relevant links’ to read more about Tom Courtney.

Novels by Galway Authors

The Silent People. (Macken, Walter. 1968)

Famine. (O’Flaherty, Liam)


Pádraig G. Lane: Galway & Mayo fisheries in the mid nineteenth century. Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, Number 62 (2010).