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History of Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Castlebar, the county town of Mayo, is situated in the heart of Ireland’s West, approximately 44 miles southwest of Sligo and 125 miles west-northwest of Dublin. With a population of over 10,000 residents, Castlebar serves as the administrative and economic hub of Mayo. This bustling market town has a rich and fascinating history spanning centuries, attracting...

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland: A Fascinating Journey Through Time

Nestled in the picturesque village of Cong in County Mayo, Ireland, Ashford Castle is a magnificent and historic 13th-century structure. This stunning castle, surrounded by 350 acres of pristine woodland, has been a symbol of Ireland’s rich history and culture for centuries. In this article, we delve into the fascinating history of Ashford Castle, exploring its...

Glendenning Monument, The Octagon, Westport

The Glendenning monument was erected in 1845 to commemorate the memory of George Glendenning (1770-1843), a local land agent and wealthy banker. It’s said the statue was erected not for the esteemed manner of his memory, but because he left a large sum of money in his will to have it erected. The monument was known locally as ‘Big George’ and stood...

A look at Ballina in the 1840s

Ballina is a charming sea-port town, located in the Kilmoremoy parish, Tyrawley barony, Mayo county, and the province of Connaught. It’s situated just about 17 miles to the north-east of Castlebar and roughly 125 miles west-north-west from Dublin. Its current population is about 5,313 people. Originally named Belleek, or “Ford of the Flags,” the...

A look at Achillbeg in the 1840s

A look at Achillbeg in the 1840s

ACHILLBEG, an Island, in the parish of Achill, union of West-port, barony of Burrishoole, county ofMayo, and province of Con naught, 22 miles (W.) from Newport-Mayo ; containing 178 inhabitants. Thisisland is situated on the western coast, and on the north side of the entrance of Clew bay ; it is separatedfrom the larger island of Achill by a narrow sound, which in...