Castlegar Church ( Saint Columba 's ) is one of three Churches in Castlegar and is located a few hundred yards on the South East side of the Tuam Road ( N17 ), up by the landmark of Leader's Shop .

  • Coordinates; 53.294926, -9.013467
  • Elevation; about 96 feet or 29 metres, consistent enough with the old map below.
  • Townland - Castlegar.

On the Galway city side of the Church, you can spend some time in the Grotto.


Father (now, a Canon) Michael Reilly is the Parish Priest; phone (091) 751548

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Saint Columba's Church, gets a makeover, in 2015 - and is stunning.

Saint Columba's Church

^" Walk" around this Church, in Google Street View, by clicking the image above (new window).

In the 1970's, a Local Builder added more space with extensions to the left and right hand sides - adding more light and changing a Rectangle into a polygon.


  • Grotto
  • Old names of this area - Lachtdavarna and Leaghtifarda (Hardiman's History of Galway).
  • The older Church was south of Ballygurrane Village.
  • Canon Hyland.
  • Below, an Old Ordnance Map from the 1840's. ,

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Old map of the Church

Castlegar Church is marked as R.C. Chapel.
Click on it to enlarge.



A Thumb image above, from 1957 (Mary), Click it to open a high resolution version, for identification purposes.