The making of fine whiskey is a craft as ancient as civilization itself. The skill and knowledge needed to distill something as common as barley and water into an elixir to be savoured by many, and truly appreciated by the connoisseur, is in many ways a magical process that owes as much the alchemy of […]
A Guide to Visitor Centres and Museums in Co Mayo
Mayo has lots of interesting Visitor Centres and Museums that are well worth visiting. The Céide Fields reveals a 5,000 year history of human settlement at Belderrig North Mayo. The pyramid shaped Céide Fields Visitor Centre has fascinating exhibits and video presentations that tell the story of Neolithic man in Ireland. Ballycroy National Park has its own Visitor Centre in the village of Ballycroy between Mulranny and Bangor Erris. Ballycroy Visitor Centre has interactive exhibitions on the habitats of Ballycroy National Park in this remote and scenic part of Mayo. The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life at Turlough Park near Castlebar has exhibits and talks on Ireland's folklore and rural past while The Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina contains thousands of unique documents and memorabilia from 400 years of Irish history
There was a most beautiful Moonset over Ballina this frosty, mid-winter morning, as the clear sky and the rising sun creeping above the horizon played their parts in creating a beautiful scene that could be viewed from many vantage points.
On arrival at the Michael Davitt Museum, you are greeted by the imposing bronze statue of the Land League founder in front of the restored 17th century Straide Church which houses the magnificent museum in honour of the man who helped free rural communities from the yoke of landlordism.
Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre is a portal that opens the door to all that is wild and wonderful about Mayo. The Visitor Centre is located in the village of Ballycroy on the long and winding N59 road between Mulranny and Bangor Erris.
I have been a regular visitor to Enniscoe House and Country Estate near Crossmolina for many years and it’s one of my favourite places to visit in Mayo. Located just off the R315 between Crossmolina and Lahardane, the estate’s woodland walks are the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern life.
Finding your Co Mayo roots has never been easier thanks to the genealogical services that are provided by a number of research centres and ancestry websites. There are tens of thousands of people around the globe who can trace their ancestry back to County Mayo which has been ravaged by emigration since the Famine in the […]
I visited the Céide Fields Visitor Centre near Ballycastle last week for the first time since it opened in 1994 and was delighted to rekindle my interest in North Mayo’s fascinating history of human settlement – one of the earliest settlements by humans on the island of Ireland. The pyramid-shaped Céide Fields Visitors’ Centre now has […]