Guest Post: Unveiling the Modern Parishes of North Mayo by Liam Alex Heffron - Visit North Mayo

A Boundary Map for the Community

We’re thrilled to share a valuable resource that brings clarity to the geographic makeup of North Mayo and West Sligo. Dr. Liam Alex Heffron, at the University of Galway, has meticulously crafted a modern map of the parishes in the region, complete with townland details.

🗺️ Explore the Map: Link to the Interactive Map

Why it is important? The existing parish maps at Mayo Library, National Library and further afield, while informative, are based on old civil (Protestant) parishes and were never updated with changed Catholic parish boundaries in the nineteenth century — leading to serious inaccuracies in the case of North Mayo. Dr. Heffron’s work rectifies this gap, providing local communities with an accurate representation of their parishes for the first time, based on his interviews with community groups, GAA clubs and church authorities.

The Story Behind the Map: For a deeper understanding of how parishes formed in North Mayo, check out Dr. Heffron’s insightful article here.

We extend our gratitude to Dr. Heffron and the University of Galway for their dedication to preserving and presenting the geographical heritage of our region.

This map isn’t just lines on paper; in addition to this, it is a testament to the evolving landscape of North Mayo and West Sligo. Explore, discover, and connect with your community like never before.

For more information, feel free to reach out to Dr. Liam Alex Heffron.

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