Loughrea is a town in Co Galway. It lies to the north of a range of wooded hills, the Slieve Aughty Mountains and the lake, Loch Riach, from which it takes its name. The town is also famous for its cathedral which dominates the town's skyline. Loughrea is located around 39km east of Galway City, which can be accessed via various bus routes. Traditionally a farming town, Loughrea now has a number of pharmaceutical and data-processing industries. There are also several hotels, a country resorts, as well as a number of B&Bs, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. Amongst the local sporting amenities include a GAA Club, rugby club, soccer club, 18 hole golf course, a cricket club and an athletic club. Each year, in October, the town plays host to the BAFFLE International Poetry Festival. Loughrea also boasts a Musical and Dramatic Society, Historical society, and an active community association. There are 12 primary schools in the vicinity of the town and two secondary schools.