MAYO REGIONChairman: Con Nolan
Secretary: Edward McLoughlin
County Mayo is named after the village of Mayo which is now generally known as Mayo Abbey. There are several points of interest in Mayo.
Croagh Patrick, nicknamed "The Reek", is 763 metres mountain which is 8 kilometres from Westport It overlooks Clew Bay and is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. The tradition of pilgrimage to this hold mountain stretches back over 5000 years from the Stone Age. It was on this summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for 40 days in 441 AD. Knock Shrine is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site in the village of Knock where it is claimed there was an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph & St. John on 21/8/1879.
There is also the Great Western Greenway rail trail in Mayo which is 42 kilometres long and begins in Westport and ends in Achill passing through the towns of Newport and Mulranny as it runs along the coast of Clew Bay. The Museum of Country Life is located in Turlough Village which is 8 km northeast of Castlebar. It was established in 2001 and the museum is part of the National Museum of Ireland.
Westport House in Westport was the ancestral seat of the Marquesses of Sligo up until July 2014. it was built by the Browne family in the 18th Century on the site of an O'Malley castle where Dungeons are still present today. There is now a Pirate Adventure Park there and it has a full range of heritage, family fun, camping and adventure activity offerings. Balintubber Abbey was founded in 1216 and stands one mile of the main Castlebar - Galway road. It is a very famous Abbey and many weddings are celebrated here. The river Moy is a river which is 110 km in length. It is very famous for catching salmon.
Ashford castle is a medieval castle that is now a five star luxury hotel near Cong on the Mayo/Galway border on the shores of Lough Corrib. It has a long list of distinguished guests. It is very famous for the place of residence for many of the actors who starred in the film "The Quiet Man" which was made in Cong. The Keadue Fields, in Ballycastle, North Mayo, is one of the oldest Aboriginal sites in Europe. Clare Island off the Mayo coast has a well known song written about it. Mayo is reputed to have the second biggest Coastline in Ireland and boasts many Blue Flag Beaches along the length of it.