Attymass in Irish Áit Tí an Mheasaigh is a picturesque village in north Mayo bound to the east by the Ox Mountains and to the west by the river Moy. It has an ancient history and a chain of lakes that add much to the beauty of the area along with the many hills and glens. The centre of the parish is Attymass village and the Father Peyton Centre which was opened in 1998.
This Centre is in memory to ‘The Rosary Priest’ Fr. Patrick Peyton who promoted family prayer worldwide and who was born in Carracastle Attymass on January 9th 1909 and died in the Los Angeles, United States on June 3rd 1992. The former Attymass priest is being considered for canonisation by the Roman Catholic church with Pope Francis declaring ‘The Rosary Priest’ Venerable in December 2017.
Attymass is an anglers and walkers paradise with its chain of lakes extending from Lough Brohly in Graffy to the north and Lough Carrakerribla in the south along with the mountain lakes and the fabulous river Moy. There is wonderful scenery at Glann Hill overlooking Rooskey Lough on a hill similar to Cork Screw Hill in Co. Clare. Glann hill at Cloughmore affords views of Attymass and the into the North Mayo area in general as far as Lough Conn and the spectacular Nephin mountain.
Four things to do in Attymass
- Visit the Fr. Peyton Centre and then learn about the life and work of the Rosary Priest Fr. Patrick Peyton.
- Partake in the music sessions weekly during July and August in the PPMC with Bofield CCÉ
- Enjoy an invigorating walk in the slopes and hills around the mountains – see below for information on the Attymass Loop Walks (all three start from the Fr Peyton Centre).
- Learn more about the heritage of the area e.g. visit Glannduff and Kildermott and also see how the old kilns were worked in years gone by.