County Mayo

Contae Mhaigh Eo……’Plain of the Yew Trees’.
Motto: Dia is Muire Linn….. ‘God and Mary be with us’

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in County Mayo

The ancient starting point for pilgrims for climbing Croke Patrick

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Murrisk Abbey in co.Mayo. It was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St Patrick. It is located near to foot of Croagh [...]

The National Famine Memorial depicting a coffin ship with skeletons in the rigging

The National Famine Memorial is located in Murrisk. co.Mayo. It sits at the foot of Croagh Patrick and commands panoramic views over the landscape of Clew Bay. This striking sculpture was crafted by John Behan [...]

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here

Burrishoole Friary is located in Newport. co.Mayo. It was founded in 1470 by Richard de Burgo of Turlough and is now classified as a national monument. De Burgo was an ancestor of Risdeárd an Iarainn [...]

The World’s oldest field system

The Ceide Fields are located near Ballycastle in co.Mayo. The Céide Fields are the oldest known and most extensive stone age field systems in the world covering 1,500 hectares. This open air archaeological site is [...]

An Abbey with some of Ireland’s finest early architecture founded by a great King

Cong Abbey is located in Cong, co. Mayo. This national monument was founded on the former site of St Feichins Monastery by the great High King Turlough Mor O'Connor in 1135. The Abbey contains some [...]

An ingenious building & The ultimate man cave

The Monk's Fishing House is located in Cong in co. Mayo on the former grounds of Cong Abbey. This ingenious structure was built sometime between 1400 and 1550 on a platform over the River Cong. [...]

One of Ireland’s finest wedge tombs, An altar, A holy well & A forest frozen in time

Srahwee Wedge Tomb is located in Cregganbaun in co.Mayo. This national monument is regarded as one of the finest wedge tombs in Ireland, so called because of its shape, wider and higher at the entrance [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful historic houses, Croagh Patrick & The Pirate Queen

Westport House was built in 1730 and is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful historic homes. It was designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt. Cassels, born in German, also [...]

A 10th century round tower with beautiful views

Meelick Round Tower is located in Swinford, co. Mayo. It was built between 923 and 1013 a.d on a monastic site attributed to St. Broccaidh and the area was once the principal abbey in the [...]

A short round tower on holy ground, St Patrick and The Pope

Turlough Round Tower stands on a hillside overlooking the gardens for the National Museum of Country Life. This national monument dates to the c.9th century and is odd looking as it has a lower and [...]

Country life in Ireland, a Victorian gem and a modern classic

The Museum of Country Life is located in Turlough Village in co. Mayo. It was opened in 2001 and is the only national museum outside of Dublin. Turlough House was built in 1867 to the designs [...]

The Quiet Man, The Guinness Family and Ireland’s premier 5* resort

Ashford Castle is located in Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib in co. Mayo. This is a 5 star luxury hotel which has won numerous global awards. The oldest section of the castle dates [...]

A carefully chosen location for a Pirate Queen

Rockfleet Castle is located near Newport in co.Mayo. It dates from the mid 1500's and was the main stronghold of Grace O’Malley (c.1530- c. 1603) - The ‘Pirate Queen of the West’. This strategic location [...]

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