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Main Ní Tuathail, a 14 year old girl from the Claddagh wearing traditional Claddagh dress. Galway, Ireland, 26th May 1913. The Claddagh (Irish: an Cladach, meaning "the shore") was a fishing village close to the centre of Galway city. The people of the Claddagh lived quite separately from the City of Galway and retained their Gaelic customs, language and dress well into the 1930s. The original village of thatched cottages was razed in 1935 and replaced by a council-housing scheme.