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The best beaches in Mayo

Summer is perfect for exploring and enjoying Mayo’s wonderful coastline which is dotted with some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world. Indeed, there is hardly a weekend in the year when it’s not possible to head off to walk a beach or find a hidden cove to explore and marvel at the breathtaking […]

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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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Abbeys

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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Books History

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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History Visitor Centres

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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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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Abbeys

Mulherin says Monasteries of the Moy Greenway huge tourism boost for North Mayo

Ballina Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring TD, that €40,000 has been allocated for a feasibility study for a Ballina Greenway, known as the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway.