History & Heritage - Visit North Mayo

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.

History and Heritage experiences in North Mayo

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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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

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North Mayo Heritage Centre – preserving local history

Located on the Enniscoe Estate in the grounds of the beautiful Enniscoe House, between Crossmolina and Lahardane in Co. Mayo is the North

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

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

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Take a stroll through beautiful Belleek Woods, Ballina

Situated along the banks of the river Moy just 1.5km (0.9 miles) from Ballina town centre, lies Belleek Woods, a 1,000-acre woodland. The

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Weave some magic at Foxford Woollen Mills and Café

Stop off the Wild Atlantic Way to visit Foxford, a contemporary Irish lifestyle brand created in Foxford Co. Mayo, best known for weaving

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Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours – seashore foraging & heritage

Denis Quinn of Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours is based along the Wild Atlantic Way in Killala Bay, and you can take a guided

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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

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Addergoole Titanic Memorial Park, Lahardane

Lahardane (or Lahardaun), one of North Co. Mayo’s most scenic villages, lies at the very foot of Nephin Mountain, one of Ireland’s tallest

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Rosserk Friary (Rosserk Abbey)

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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Moyne Abbey – an impressive North Mayo ecclesiastical ruin

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

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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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Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park

Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park was established in November 1998. It is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located on the Western seaboard

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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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Killala Round Tower & St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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 in Ballina, Co. Mayo, the Dolmen of the Four Maols is known locally as The Dolmen

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Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk

Underneath the boglands of North Mayo, 6,000 years of historical importance has recently been discovered

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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 old

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Rural history at Hennigan’s Heritage Centre

The wonderful Hennigan’s Heritage Centre is situated in unspoilt countryside near Swinford and is an authentic and fascinating, interactive visitor experience.

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The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life

Explore four floors of award-winning exhibition galleries, a historic country house and formal gardens at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life,

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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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