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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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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, […]

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My first encounter with Mayo Person 2014

My first ever encounter with John Walkin was selling him cans of worms for bait in his angling tackle shop on Tone Street in Ballina as a youngster in the late 1960s. His famous knuckle-crunching handshake It was one of the few if unusual ways for youngsters to make a few bob in those days […]

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Books Erris History

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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Erris Nature Trail

Red grouse numbers are increasing in Mayo

A significant increase has taken place in red grouse numbers in the Owenduff/Nephin Complex in County Mayo, according to a new report from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The results are linked to an improvement in habitat quality following destocking and appropriate grazing management. CAP subsidised stocking of sheep in the west […]

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Forest Walks

Belleek Forest Park in Ballina wins RDS Forest Service award

Belleek Forest Park in Ballina is the Connaught winner of the RDS Forest Service Awards 2013 in the Community Woodlands category. The award is well-deserved recognition for the voluntary work carried out by the Belleek Forest Enhancement Committee over many years in Belleek Wood. It was also fitting that Cyril Collins, Chairman of the Belleek […]

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Erris History Visitor Centres

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 minors win All Ireland title

The Mayo Minor football team are All Ireland champions 2013 after defeating Tyrone by 2-13 to 1-13 in an exciting final in Croke Park. Mayo, who last won the All Ireland Minor title in 1985, got off to a shaky start, but by halftime had nudged ahead by one point (1-4-0-6) after a terrific Tommy […]

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The story of the Mayo football team and the ‘curse’ on TG4

TG4 will be showing a new documentary on Sunday next, September 15th, at 8 pm, telling the story of the Mayo football team and the ‘curse’. Entitled ‘Mayo God Help Us’ the TV show will feature interviews with two of the team from ’51 along with Anthony Finnerty who played in the 1989 All-Ireland Final. […]