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Palmerstown Bridge – spanning the centuries

It’s hard to believe that Palmerstown Bridge, the main artery linking Mayo’s remote north-west corner to the rest of the county, dates back to the decade before the 1798 Rebellion.

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History Home Mayo Islands

Mayo’s deserted villages

The ferns, nettles, bushes, and briars now hide much of what was once a 19th-century village on the slopes of the Ox Mountains.

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Beaches Erris History Home

Diving into Scotchport’s past

Scotchport, a small and beautiful sheltered cove near Corclough on the Mullet, has an interesting history and today is a popular location for scuba diving in Mayo.

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A visit to Michael Davitt Museum

On arrival at the Michael Davitt Museum, you are greeted by the imposing bronze statue of the Land League founder in front of the restored 17th century Straide Church which houses the magnificent museum in honour of the man who helped free rural communities from the yoke of landlordism.

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Remembrance Sunday in Ballina

The first ever Remembrance Day ceremony at Ballina’s War Memorial at Green Park on the Killala Road took place on a wet and windy Sunday morning, November 8th, before a large and representative gathering of the local community.

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Story behind Augustinian Abbey in Ballina

Lying largely in ruins, the ancient Augustinian Abbey in Ballina has never attracted the same attention as the other abbeys of the Moy, at Rosserk, Moyne and Rathfran – all of which are mostly intact. Nonetheless, Ballina’s Abbey has an interesting story to tell – stretching all the way back to a golden age in our Celtic past.

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Erris History Home

Glosh Tower and Deirbhle’s Twist on the Mullet

One of the most interesting aspects of my travels around Mayo is discovering the history behind some of the historic buildings that dot the landscape.

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History Home Visitor Centres

A visit to the Jackie Clarke Collection

It’s always a great pleasure to visit the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina and browse the rare and valuable artifacts, including books, maps, newspapers, and other historical memorabilia, that is a treasure trove of Irish history, stretching back over 400 years.

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Forest Walks History Nature Trail

Belleek Wood – Mayo’s best forest park

One of my great pleasures when walking in Belleek Wood is seeing the red squirrels at play – just one of the many attractions of the recreational forest park that has brought pleasure to generations of Ballina people.

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Rosserk Friary recalls Island of Saints and Scholars

Rosserk Friary near Ballina is a link to a time when Ireland was known as the Island of Saints and  Scholars.