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Gleann an Mháma (The Maam Valley)

Maam Valley, Galway, Ireland
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ad The Maam Valley nestles on the edge of the Maamturk Mountains (the 'pass of the wild boar') in Joyce Country North Connemara, named after the Joyce Tribe of Galway a family of English origin, who arrived in Ireland during the reign of Edward I. They seized large tracts of land in the Barony of Ross, an area subsequently known as Joyce Country (Duiche Sheoigheach)
St Patrick made his bed 'leaba Phairic' on Mámean (the 'pass of the birds')and is now a place of pilgrimage. The Western Way, a long distance walking trail will take you from the southern end of  the Maam Valley to the ancient site of Mámean.
Alexander Nimmo - Master Engineer 1783 – 1832 built a house in Maam Valley, by the Bealanabrack River (béal an breac meaning mouth of the trout) the house, was known as Corrib Lodge, survives today  as Keane’s Bar. The house is on the carriage road (R336) that Nimmo later built from Maam Cross  to Leenaun (Líonan)
The Kilmilkin Church at Maam houses a stained glass window of St Brendan, painted by Dublin based  artist Evie Hone (1894-1955
Maam, was a location for the making of the Quiet Man. In the film the cottage can be seen in the  background but sadly over the years it has been neglected, and Quiet Man fans have removed stones as souvenirs. Still in working order is the nearby footbridge over the stream where Seán stood the first night he entered the cottage