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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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Abbeys History Home

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.

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History Home

Ballina memorial to World War 1 dead

The unveiling of The Great War Remembrance Monument in the Green Park, Ballina, took place on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. The monument was unveiled by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD before a large and representative gathering of local people, including public representatives, clergymen, relatives of some of those soldiers whose names are inscribed on the […]

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Abbeys History Holy Wells Home

Ancient custom at Mayo Holy Well

Tobar Mhuire, St. Mary’s Holy Well, near Rosserk Abbey, Ballina, is one of the most unique holy wells in Ireland.

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History Home

Moonlight in Mayo – 100 years on

It’s just over a century ago that one of Ireland’s favourite ballads, “When It’s Moonlight In Mayo”, was first performed to vaudeville audiences in the United States – and the earliest recordings of the enduring melody were made in 1915, 100 years ago this year.

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Abbeys History Home

Turlough Round Tower stands test of time

For those of us of a certain age, the drive between Ballina and Castlebar through pretty Turlough Village was made all the more interesting by the view of Turlough Round Tower rising over the Mayo countryside.

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Beaches History

Cross Beach overlooking fabled Inishglora

Cross beach, only a few kilometres west of Binghamstown on the Mullet, is one of the hidden gems among Mayo’s many beautiful beaches  – and a place we keep returning to at all times of the year.

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Erris History Home

Take the road to Dun na mBó

Dún na mBó, which is located at Doonamo Point, at the north-west end of the Mullet Peninsula, is one of the most spectacular blowholes in Co Mayo. The blowhole is a short drive from Belmullet on one of the most exciting sections of Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way – and while it is not as well […]

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Erris History Home Mayo Islands

Eagle Island was once home to lighthouse keepers’ families

Eagle Island, off the north end of the Mullet Peninsula in Erris, Co Mayo, was once home to the families of the island’s two lighthouse keepers. The two lighthouses on Eagle Island were switched on in September 1835. One of the lighthouses stopped functioning after it was damaged beyond repair by a storm in 1894, […]

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Forest Walks History Mayo Walks Nature Trail Visitor Centres

An afternoon in Enniscoe House and Country Estate

I have been a regular visitor to Enniscoe House and Country Estate near Crossmolina for many years and it’s one of my favourite places to visit in Mayo. Located just off the R315 between Crossmolina and Lahardane, the estate’s woodland walks are the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern life.