The Province of Connacht

Cúige derives from the Old Irish for ‘a fifth’ (we originally had 5 provinces including Meath – The Middle Kingdom)

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in the province of Connacht

Ballylahan Castle, Straide, County Mayo 1239

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The Exeters, The MacJordans, and a 700-year-old ruin Ballylahan Castle is located a couple of kilometers northeast of Strade village in County Mayo. It was constructed in 1239 on the south bank of the [...]

Ballylahan Castle, Straide, County Mayo 12392020-04-29T17:39:33+00:00

Clew Bay Archeology Trail, Clew Bay. County Mayo

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6000 years of spectacular history and heritage   Clew Bay is one of the most spectacular sea inlets in Ireland that has attracted human settlement for at least 6000 years. The Clew Bay Archaeological Trail [...]

Clew Bay Archeology Trail, Clew Bay. County Mayo2020-04-29T17:40:49+00:00

Doolagh Valley Famine Memorial, County Mayo

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The 25km Doolagh Pass is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland but it was also the scene of one of Ireland's greatest tragedies. In 1849 during the Great Hunger, 600 starving souls [...]

Doolagh Valley Famine Memorial, County Mayo2020-04-29T19:32:48+00:00

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-1592

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An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery Boyle Abbey was established in 1161 under the patronage of the MacDermotts and was completed in 1218. It was the first Cistercian monastery founded [...]

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-15922020-04-29T13:57:47+00:00

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town. County Sligo 1252

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The only sculptured 15th century altar to survive in Ireland Sligo Abbey is located right in the middle of Sligo Town. It was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252 and [...]

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town. County Sligo 12522020-05-06T14:01:22+00:00

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 1456

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the ancient starting point for pilgrims to climb Croagh Patrick  Murrisk Abbey in County Mayo was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St [...]

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 14562020-05-08T09:13:43+00:00

The Carrowkeel Cemetery, Ballymote. County Sligo c.3400BC

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One of the 'Big 4' ancient passage tomb cemeteries of Ireland The Carrowkeel Neolithic Cemetery is located near Ballymote on a desolate hilltop 1000 feet above sea level in County Sligo. It dates [...]

The Carrowkeel Cemetery, Ballymote. County Sligo c.3400BC2020-05-06T14:07:44+00:00

Burrishoole Friary, Newport. County Mayo 1468

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100-year-old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here This national monument is the beautiful ruin of Burishoole Abbey. It was founded by Sir Richard de Burgo for the Dominican order in 1469, who resigned his [...]

Burrishoole Friary, Newport. County Mayo 14682020-05-08T09:15:34+00:00

The Caves of Kesh, Ballymote. County Sligo

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Diarmuid & Grainne, 10,000 year old cave bears & Irish mythology The limestone caves of Kesh are located halfway up the side of a mountain near Ballymote in County Sligo. They can be [...]

The Caves of Kesh, Ballymote. County Sligo2020-05-08T09:34:46+00:00

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 1618

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Rare transitional castle to mansion Portumna Castle was built in 1618 and is regarded as an interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house and the classical [...]

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 16182020-04-29T19:40:49+00:00

Killary Harbour, Lennane. County Galway

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Ireland's only fjord Killary Harbour is classified as Ireland's only fjord. It is located beside the beautiful village of Leenane which is often aptly described as the Gateway to Connemara. It forms a [...]

Killary Harbour, Lennane. County Galway2020-05-08T08:54:24+00:00

The Ceide Fields, Ballycastle. County Mayo c.3000BC

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The World's oldest field system 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 made up of [...]

The Ceide Fields, Ballycastle. County Mayo c.3000BC2020-04-30T13:15:05+00:00

Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul. County Galway 1871

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One of the most beautiful settings in Ireland Kylemore Abbey is located in a beautiful glaciated valley in Connemara, co. Galway. It was built in 1871 as a private residence for Manchester Industrialists [...]

Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul. County Galway 18712020-05-06T14:10:35+00:00

Cong Abbey, Cong. County Mayo 1135

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Some of Ireland's finest early ecclesiastical architecture  Cong Abbey 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 [...]

Cong Abbey, Cong. County Mayo 11352020-04-29T16:06:13+00:00

Srahwee Wedge Tomb, Cregganbaun. County Mayo c.2000BC

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One of Ireland's finest wedge tombs Srahwee Wedge Tomb is located beside the 'main road' through the village of Cregganbaun in County Mayo. This national monument is regarded as one of the finest [...]

Srahwee Wedge Tomb, Cregganbaun. County Mayo c.2000BC2020-05-08T09:10:13+00:00

Westport House, Westport. County Mayo 1730

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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 [...]

Westport House, Westport. County Mayo 17302020-05-08T08:48:30+00:00

Meelick Round Tower, Swinford. County Mayo 10th century

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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 [...]

Meelick Round Tower, Swinford. County Mayo 10th century2020-05-06T14:04:03+00:00

The Museum of Country Life, Turlough. County Mayo 2001

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a top-class exhibition on country life, a Victorian gem & a modern masterpiece  The Museum of Country Life is located in Turlough Village in co. Mayo. It was opened in 2001 and is [...]

The Museum of Country Life, Turlough. County Mayo 20012020-05-08T09:21:37+00:00

Rockfleet Castle, Newport. County Mayo c.1550

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

Rockfleet Castle, Newport. County Mayo c.15502020-05-08T09:18:29+00:00

Cloonacauneen Castle, Cloonacaueen. County Galway 1550

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A beautifully restored fortified tower house & A beautiful wedding venue Cloonacauneen Castle is a stunning 15th-century tower house situated on the outskirts of Galway City. Unusually, the majority of Cloonacaueen's owners have [...]

Cloonacauneen Castle, Cloonacaueen. County Galway 15502020-04-29T19:46:49+00:00

Galway University. Galway City 1849

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A World ranking University that's a Tudor-Gothic replica of Christ's College in Oxford  Galway University opened it's doors on the 30th of October 1849 to 63 students and was then known as Queen's [...]

Galway University. Galway City 18492020-05-02T14:35:16+00:00