Cooley was a Family Name and they were Farmers for a long time.

  • Cooley's Hill was the name of a Hill associated with that Family.
  • Their Lands ran across the Hill, from Gleananail, and across Ballyban Beg to Wellpark.
  • Why were they associated with the Hill? Because they were the only ones around there.
  • The Tuam Road and Monivea Road, ran as they do now - almost parallel.
  • Sometime around the 1960's, the Tuam Road changed course, to both straighten it and "flatten" it, on two planes, if you will.
  • This may have been due to a change in Government Policy and Lemass - that investment was made in Industry
  • Mervue Industrial Estate, as it is known today, was born from that..
  • This place may have been referenced in James Hardiman's History of Galway, where "highway leading to the Hills called Leaghtifarda". - which may have been the old Village called Lachdavarna, which was somewhere around and North of, Saint Columba's Church in Castlegar.

~ I ❤ Galway Memories ~Heres a rare Foto of Cooleys Farm House,it was where the current Fas Factory is in Mervue Ind...

Posted by Galway Memories on Tuesday, December 17, 2013