Are you looking to immerse yourself in Irish culture, history, and heritage in Mayo?
North Mayo is a region known for its heritage and history, and is full of rich historic wonders, big and small, waiting to be discovered. Check out these seven amazing historical sites and cultural attractions and learn of an enchanting and sometimes forgotten past.
Trace Ireland’s history at the Jackie Clarke Collection: A collection of Irish material comprising over 100,000 items that span 400 years, the Jackie Clarke Collection is the most important private collection of Irish historical material in public hands and an invaluable catalogue of heritage in Mayo. The Collection is hosting a variety of special events throughout year to commemorate the 1916 Rising, so make sure you drop in.
The Jackie Clarke Collection
Experience Ireland’s Religious Past: Take an afternoon to admire the beautifully preserved religious sites of North Mayo and avail of the fantastic photography opportunities. Witness one of the finest and best preserved of the Franciscan Friaries in Ireland – Rosserk Abbey.
Follow the River Moy to its estuary along the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway and discover Moyne Abbey, which was founded in 1460 for the Franciscans., and Rathfran Abbey.
For more information check out our Seven Wonders of Mayo North Map: http://www.northmayo.ie/downloads/
Explore the enchanted Belleek Woods: Walk or cycle through the tranquil Belleek Woods which features some fantastic trails – a perfect place to embrace our heritage in Mayo North.
There are many historical features from bygone days to unearth including a hermitage site and the Knox-Gore Monument also known as “The Horse’s Grave”.
Check out too the ominous concrete boat (the SS Creteboom) and explore its fascinating history, and see an extraordinary wall built during the famine in Ireland.
Witness the wonders of Belleek Castle: Enjoy a sensational lunch or dinner in the award-winning restaurant. Afterwards, take the fascinating tour and experience the Marshall Doran Collection, which will take you to down into the dungeons of the castle and showcase one of the finest collections of arms and armour, fossils and antiques in Ireland.
Tours are available 11am and 2pm but call ahead to arrange a special evening booking.
Adult €10 | Children €7.50 | Family ticket €30
Belleek Woods, Ballina, Ireland
T: +353 (0) 96 22400 | W: belleekcastle.com
The Belderrig Valley Experience: Experience the excitement of discovery and of hands-on research in the most intensely researched 30km of the entire Wild Atlantic Way at the Belderrig Research and Study Centre. In this day long archaeological experiences you will be introduced to the excitement of discovery in the outdoor ‘laboratory’ with guided walks, demonstrations and hands-on data collection which includes turf cutting and other activities. Indoors at the Research Centre laboratories examine your findings with cutting-edge scientific equipment. Examine the ring patterns of the trees for knowledge of the age of the tree when it died, whether blown down, burnt or died of natural causes. Identify some of the billion grains of botanical information (pollen) contained in a sod of turf.
For more information and for bookings, contact Declan Caulfield on 087 2515292 or visit belderrigvalley.com.
Weave an unforgettable experience at Foxford Woollen Mills: Take a short drive to the town of Foxford and the Foxford Woollen Mills. Originally founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892, the fledgling woollen and textiles business overcame many challenges down through the years in order to survive. Enjoy an interactive journey through a turbulent and fascinating history, finishing with a tour of the working mill where master craftspeople are at work on some of the world’s finest weaves using techniques and traditions passed down through generations to create contemporary blankets, garments and products that are sought after worldwide.
Foxford Woollen Mills
Providence Rd, Foxford, Co. Mayo
For tour bookings contact: +353 94 9256104
Explore a Hidden Gem: Take an evening to discover the curious landmark that is the “Lacken Gazebo”. The mysterious double arch of rough stone stands tall on the summit of Lacken Hill, at the rear of Castle Lacken.
It is likely that it was erected in the latter part of the eighteenth century possibly by the landlord of the place, either Sir Roger or Sir John Palmer, and may have Masonic connections.
For more amazing hidden gems make sure to check out sacredlandscapes.ie which details 17 of North Mayo’s most enchanting locations.