Historical References of Oughterard
By Paul Gibbons
Leigh’s New Pocket Road-Book of Ireland: On the plan of Reichard’s itineraries containing an account of all the direct and cross roads, together with a description of envy remarkable place. (1827)
Oughterard is a post town in Galway, forming a good station for the intelligent traveller or painter who is willing to undertake the labour of penetrating into the mountainous region towards the west, in which is the celebrated district of Connemara, the property of R. Martin, Esq., M.P. Oughterard contains a barracks for infantry, and near it is a chalybeate and ferruginous Spa.
O’Donovan’s Field Name Books (1840s)
A small post town, on the road from Galway to Clifden, has a market each Thursday and 4 fairs yearly, contains a Church, R. C. Chapel and a small barracks. Is only celebrated for a spa well and being the resort of sportsmen during the fishing and fowling season.