History & Heritage

One of the things we’re best known for here in North Mayo is our rich history and heritage. Layered into the landscape, a fascinating journey of discovery awaits throughout the region.

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Weave some magic at Foxford Woollen Mills and Café

The Foxford Woollen Mills was established in 1892 by Sister Agnes Morrogh-Bernard, and the award-winning Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre is located in

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The Marshall Doran Collection, Belleek Castle

Belleek Castle has a colourful history with a myriad of fascinating stories, and now you can get a taste of these with a tour of the

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Visit the Michael Davitt Museum

The Michael Davitt Museum is located in the picturesque and historic village of Straide in Co. Mayo on the N58 route between Ballyvary

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Walks, tea and history at the North Mayo Heritage Centre

Located within the curtilage of Enniscoe House, Crossmolina is the North Mayo Heritage Centre. The Centre is dedicated to preserving and promoting the

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One man’s treasure trove – The Jackie Clarke Collection

The Jackie Clarke Collection, located in the heart of Ballina, is the single most important private collection of Irish history material in public

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Other History and Heritage experiences

Killala Round Tower and the Cathedral Church of St. Patrick

The town of Killala was for centuries the ecclesiastical hub of North Mayo. It is a town rich in ecclesial heritage and monuments.

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Dolmen of the Four Maols

Located on the beautifully named Primrose Hill, this monument is known locally as The Dolmen or sometimes Table of the Giants. It might surprise you to find out that this megalithic tomb is not actually a dolmen but a ‘Kist’.

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St. Muredach’s Cathedral Ballina in the Diocese of Killala

St. Muredach’s Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killala. The Diocese of Killala encompasses North Mayo and West Sligo. St. Muredach’s is also the parish church of the parish of Kilmoremoy.

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Your comprehensive guide to the museums of North Mayo

In North Mayo we are truly blessed with an abundance of museums for you to visit and immerse yourself in our culture and heritage. Here’s our comprehensive guide to the museums of North Mayo.

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Rosserk Friary – one of Mayo’s best preserved ecclesiastical ruins

Rosserk Friary, one of Mayo’s best preserved ecclesiastical ruins lies some 7 km north of Ballina in Killala, on the banks of the

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Tír Sáile, The North Mayo Sculpture Trail

Tír Sáile, The North Mayo Sculpture TrailTír Sáile, The North Mayo Sculpture Trail is the largest public arts project ever undertaken in Ireland.

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Visit the Abbeys of North Mayo

North Mayo is home to at least six historic abbeys, each with their own fascinating story. Four of these form the basis of the Monasteries of the Moy, a trail that runs alongside the famous
River Moy, leading towards the Céide Coast. Read on to learn about our beautiful and historic abbeys of North Mayo.

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The Céide Fields Neolithic Site and Visitor Centre

The incredible neolithic site at Céide Fields atop the spectacular sea cliffs near Ballycastle County Mayo, Ireland, contains the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world – dating back an incredible 6,000 years.

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Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk

Blanemore Forest, Moygownagh, is the beautiful setting of the Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk. Only recently discovered, Blanemore is a treasure chest packed with historical secrets.

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Visit the SS Crete Boom – the fabled concrete ship in Ballina

  An unusual feature lies derelict on a sandback between Ballina Quay and Belleek Woods – that of the ‘SS Crete Boom’, an

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Lovely Lahardane – Ireland’s Titanic Village

Lahardane, one of North Mayo’s most scenic villages lies at the very foot of Nephin Mountain, one of Ireland’s tallest mountains. The name

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Rural Irish history at Hennigan’s Heritage Centre

The wonderful Hennigan’s Heritage Centre is situated in unspoilt countryside near Swinford. It is located overlooking Creagaballa Lake, 6.5km from the workhouse at Swinford where

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Take a stroll through beautiful Belleek Woods

Situated along the banks of the river Moy just 1.5km from Ballina town centre, lies Belleek Woods, a 1,000-acre woodland. The wood is

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Tour Foxford’s Admiral William Brown Museum

The Admiral Brown Centre Foxford is a museum commemorating Admiral William Brown, commonly referred to as the “Father of the Argentine Navy.”

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Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park

Ballycroy National Park was established in November 1998. It is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located on the Western seaboard in North West Mayo. It comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.

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Weave some magic at Foxford Woollen Mills and Café

The Foxford Woollen Mills was established in 1892 by Sister Agnes Morrogh-Bernard, and the award-winning Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre is located in

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The Marshall Doran Collection, Belleek Castle

Belleek Castle has a colourful history with a myriad of fascinating stories, and now you can get a taste of these with a tour of the

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Visit the Michael Davitt Museum

The Michael Davitt Museum is located in the picturesque and historic village of Straide in Co. Mayo on the N58 route between Ballyvary

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Belderrig Valley Experience

Based at the purpose built research facility in Belderrig Valley, along the incredible Ceide Coast of North Mayo, the Belderrig Valley Experience offers archaeological

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Moyne Abbey – one of Mayo’s most impressive ecclesiastical ruins

Moyne Abbey is one of most impressive ecclesiastical ruins in Mayo and a National Monument. It was founded by the Burke family as

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Walks, tea and history at the North Mayo Heritage Centre

Located within the curtilage of Enniscoe House, Crossmolina is the North Mayo Heritage Centre. The Centre is dedicated to preserving and promoting the

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One man’s treasure trove – The Jackie Clarke Collection

The Jackie Clarke Collection, located in the heart of Ballina, is the single most important private collection of Irish history material in public

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Other History & Heritage Providers

NameAddressPhoneEmailWebsite
Belderrig Valley ExperienceBelderrig, North Mayo+353 (0) 87 2515292belderrigvalley@outlook.comwww.belderrigvalley.com
Connacht Whiskey Company - Distillery Tours and ShopBelleek, Ballina+353 (0) 74902hello@connachtwhiskey.comwww.connachtwhiskey.com
Hennigan's Heritage CentreKillasser, Swinford+353 (0) 87 2491402hennigansheritagecentre@gmail.comwww.hennigansheritage.com