Tuam - Old Cathedral City

Tuam 400

On 30th March 1613, King James I of England granted Tuam a charter and the town was laid out as a market town to its present plan with all the streets converging on the central square.

The Royal Charter also enabled Tuam to send two representatives to parliament and allowed the town to set up a formal local authority, the forerunner of the present day Town Council with a sovereign and 12 burgesses elected.

Tuam will commemorate the 400 year anniversary in 2013, with a festival of events designed to celebrate this historic marker as well as acknowledge the extraordinary achievements of its townspeople and market Tuam as a great place to live, work and visit.

By 2013, the Tuam 28m water and services upgrade will be complete. It is an ideal time to celebrate our heritage and achievements as a town and to invite people at home and abroad to reconnect with our great town.

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About Tuam

Tuam is situated on the N17, just 20 miles north of Galway City on the Sligo Road. It is best known as a center of church affairs, ancient and modern and has two cathedrals. The town owes its foundation to a monastery established here in the 6th century by St. Jarlath; ruins of Temple Jarlath, in the center of the city, date from around 1360.

The 14' 12 century High Cross of  Tuam, a decorated sandstone piece, was once broken in three, with each piece in different ownership. It is now situated in the rebuilt (1878) Church of Ireland cathedral, which has a magnificent red sandstone chancel arch in labored Romanesque, erected certainly between 1128 and 1152.

Immediately west of the town is the reputed site of a 1000 bc battle; sepulchral tumuli and stone circles found in the area may bear this out. The name Tuam (Tuaim) itself means "burial tumulus." There are several ancient round towers in and around Tuam, one is integrated in a new housing estate off Bishop Street.

From various places in the west of the City you can enjoy a beautiful panorama, and on clear days see the top of Crough Patrick - at a distance of nearly 40 miles! A few miles on the Dublin Road will show you the remains of an old "sweat house."

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