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Book reveals origins of Mayo placenames

The largest book in the Irish language ever written by a single author reveals the origins of placenames in County Mayo. The long-running study of approximately 3,500 townland and island names of Mayo was compiled by Partry resident, Dr. Fiachra Mac Gabhann RIP, and initiated in 2001. It is with great sadness we record that Dr. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Mayo stories of devils, drunks and princes on new Irish folklore website

In 1937, the Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, initiated a revolutionary scheme in which schoolchildren were encouraged to collect and document folklore and local history.

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A visit to the Céide Fields rekindles interest in Mayo’s rich heritage

I revisited the Céide Fields Visitor Centre near Ballycastle last week for the first time since it opened in 1994 and was delighted to rekindle my interest in North Mayo’s fascinating history of human settlement – one of the earliest settlements by humans on the island of Ireland. The pyramid-shaped Céide Fields Visitors’ Centre now […]

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Mayo poet and Abbey Theatre director remembered in new book

Arlen House, in partnership with Poetry Ireland and the author’s relatives, is celebrating the poetry of F.R. Higgins with the publication of his ‘Father and Son: Selected Poems’, to be launched in his birthplace, Foxford, on Tuesday, 10th September. There will also be book launches in Dublin and Meath and a copy is also being […]

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Erris remembers those who sailed from Blacksod to America

One of the highlights of Tóstal Iorras 2013 was the commemoration of James Hack Tuke’s assisted emigration scheme – when thousands of people emigrated from Erris. Special guests included at the July 24th event was Atlantic Rhythm, the Achill Island Pipe Band, craft makers from the area, and Dr. Gerard Moran of the National University […]