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A visit to beautiful Inishkea South

The Inishkea Islands, off the Mullet, in North Mayo, are among the most rarely visited of County Mayo’s many island outposts. During the summer months from June to August, depending on weather conditions, there are organised boat trips to Inishkea South, a few times a week. Once supporting thriving fishing and farming communities, the two […]

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Kathleen Lynn and Rosie Hackett – honouring two remarkable women

The opening of the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin is a reminder of the role played by Mayo-born, Dr. Kathleen Lynn, in the 1916 Rising and her remarkable life which was dedicated to bringing healthcare to the poor children of Dublin. It is also a reminder of how the paths of two Irish women from […]


Monasteries of the Moy trail moves closer

Work continues on the Monasteries of the Moy – a 14km off-road walking and cycling greenway between Ballina and Killala. Work on the Ballina section of the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway at Belleek Wood, towards Knockatinole, has already been completed. The Killala section of the route has also been completed. And Leader funding of €346,472 for the […]

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Enchanting waterfall at heart of Tourmakeady Woodland Walk

Tourmakeady, on the shores of Lough Mask, has one of the most beautiful forest trails in County Mayo that leads the walker to an enchanting waterfall. The 2.5 km nature trail, which takes about 1 hour, is suitable for all age groups and starts at the car park. Turn right off the main road through […]

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Derradda – a walker’s paradise

Derradda in South West Mayo, located just outside the pretty and historic town of Newport, is a walker’s paradise. The Derradda Loop Walks are part of four walking trails that comprise the Burrishoole Loop Walks, which also include Newport,  Mulranny, and Tiernaur.

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Erris Head Loop walk is spectacular

Erris Head Loop Walk, located on the northern tip of the magnificent Mullet peninsula, is one of my favourite loop walks in County Mayo. The walk is 5km and can be completed at a leisurely pace in under 2 hours. At any rate, the scenery is so beautiful you are likely to linger and enjoy […]

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Book recalls Mayo’s forgotten miners

Mayo men and women feature in a new book which tells the extraordinary story of the Irish mining community in South Yorkshire in the 20th century. The Forgotten Irish was written by Sean Carney, the son of a Donegal emigrant, who grew up in the Irish mining village of Maltby in South Yorkshire, England. The […]

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How to find your Co Mayo roots

Finding your Co Mayo roots has never been easier thanks to the genealogical services that are provided by a number of research centres and ancestry websites. There are tens of thousands of people around the globe who can trace their ancestry back to County Mayo which has been ravaged by emigration since the Famine in the […]

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World War 11 refugee seeks her Mayo family

A former World War 11 child refugee, Marianne (Maria) Cremer from Germany hopes to reunite with the Mayo family that fostered her more than 60 years ago. Marianne was one of nearly 1000 children that came to Ireland in 1946 as part of a Red Cross initiative, which later became known as “Operation Shamrock”. Marianne […]


Remembering a legendary folk singer

When I heard of Pete Seeger’s death late yesterday, I recalled the one time I had the pleasure of seeing the legendary folk singer and songwriter in concert. It was a cold February night in London in 1978 and I was anxious to see the singer who had written so many inspirational songs about justice, […]