The Grotto in Castlegar is up the hill to Castlegar Church (Saint Columbas ), on the right.

  • It has a man-made limestone structure, which houses a few statues.
  • As well as steps for praying, there is a few seats / benches, where one can take a rest and embrace the view.
  • The Grotto is also the final resting place for some of the local clergy, like Canon (Father ) Hyland and Mitchell and Father Roland (the Man who mobilized the Parishioners, to build the Grotto - ref. W.S.).

 

Co-ordinates for the Grotto in Castlegar, County Galway are approximately 53.29466

and -9.013849 ( 53° 17' 40.776" , -9° 0' 49.8564" ) . Elevation; 95 feet or 28.956 metres.

See the Grotto on a Flashearth map

The photograph below is of the entrance to the Grotto.

entrance

This photo shows the uppermost section of the Grotto, where Our Lady keeps an eye on the parish :)

our lady

This photograph is of the headstone of ( Father ) Canon Hylands headstone. He used to live in a large house on the grounds of where Monaghans garage on the Tuam road, is now.

headstone

And below is the headstone of ( Father) Monsignor Joseph Mitchell.

father mitchell