situated on the N17 just 20 miles north of Galway 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 laboured
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."
For more information on Tuam see
The Tuam Guide