WOODFORD, Co. GALWAY
The Village of the Iron Mills
Woodford (An Ghráig), which translates to ‘the village’ is based in the south-east of County Galway. Its full Irish Name, ‘Graig na Muilte Iarainn’ (The Village of the Iron Mills) comes from its iron-making history, which has recently been revived with the Furnace Festival.
Woodford is located in the south east of Co. Galway, about 20km south of Loughrea and 15km west of Portumna. The Festival takes place next to the Bay at the bottom of the village.
There is parking opportunity on Bark Hill. Woodford has a restaurant (Walshs), several pubs, a convenience store, a hardware store, all a minute's walk from the Festival field.
Furnace Festival location
WOODFORD AND IRON
The history of Woodford starts in 1681 when a water-powered blast furnace for making iron was built. For about 100 years, the town was producing hundreds of tons of iron each year. Check out the Sliabh Aughty Furnace Project website for more information on the history of iron production in Woodford and around.