Our Mayo North 2020 calendar is available to buy from Ballina Tourist Office, Moy Valley Resources in Bunree, and online at www.northmayo.ie/shop/ (link in bio!) It features 12 beautiful local scenes and is flying out the door, so pick up your copy as soon as you can! Thanks to all our sponsors and our local photographers!
Christmas is coming to North Mayo, and if you’re struggling to think of Christmas gift ideas, we’ll be featuring some local ones on our Insta stories over the coming weeks in the highlight above. _________
Located in the Barony of Erris. St. Deirbhile's Holy Well is located in the village of An Fál Mór or Falmore. Folklore says Deirbhile, who was from County Meath travelled to the Mullet peninsula to escape an admirer. It was said Deirbhile was followed to An Fál Mór where she gouged out her own eyes to make herself less attractive. When her horrified lover left, she washed her eyes in the waters of the well and her sight was restored. The well is said to heal ailments of the eyes when the water is rubbed into them!
It's been a bit of a bizarre day in our office and Ballina today thanks to a powercut!! If you rang our phone today and we didn't answer, we weren't ignoring you!! We're sharing this lovely rainbow to brighten up our day and yours!! #Ballina#NorthMayo#Rainbow
Deirbhle's Twist is part of Tír Sáile - The North Mayo Sculpture Trail which was establsied in 1993 to commemorate 'Mayo 5000', a year long cultural celebration inspired by the surviving human imprint in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape.
The Church of Ireland Cathedral Church of St Patrick, Killala, is one of Ireland’s smallest cathedrals but also one of its oldest. "The Episcopal See of Killala appears to have been founded between the years 434 and 441, by St. Patrick, who, during that period, was spreading Christianity throughout Connaught; and built a church at this place, called Cill Aladh, over which he placed one of his disciples, St. Muredach, as bishop." (Samuel Lewis, writing in his 1837 Topographical Dictionary). The present building was erected in 1670 on the site of a former church.
In the background is Killala Round Tower which dates to the 12th Century. It is one of five Round Towers that stands proudly in County Mayo (one of the largest concentration in Ireland)
The 'Gazebo' located on Lacken Hill was built around 1794 for the landlord Sir John Roger Palmer who lived in Castlelacken Demesne.
One local tradition maintains that the 'Gazebo' was erected to commemorate the memory of Lady Moira Browne who unlike her husband was quite popular and well liked.
To access the Gazebo, head to Lacken, if you’re driving, park in the car park beside the church, and follow the signs. It’s a short gentle uphill walk with beautiful views. Enjoy! For more information please visit: http://www.sacredlandscapes.ie/the-lacken-gazebo.html
Rosserk Friary is one of our favourite places to visit in North Mayo. Rosserk Friary, one of County Mayo’s best preserved ecclesiastical ruins lies some 7 km north of Ballina in Killala, on the banks of the Moy and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country. It was built by the Joyce family in 1460 for the Friars of the Franciscan Third Order Regular.
Rosserk Abbey, as it is also known, is a national monument and is one of the finest examples of a preserved Franciscan friary. Located along the stretch of ruins known locally as “the Monasteries of the Moy”, nearby lies Moyne Abbey, north of Ballina and on the west side of Killala Bay. Both abbeys suffered destruction in the 1500s during the Reformation.
Straid Church (Church of Ireland) in Foxford was built in 1801 and a tower and gallery was added in 1826. There is a stained-glass window of Faith, Hope and Charity in the church. It has been suggested that the tower was used in the early 1920s as a lookout post by the Irish Free State army because of it’s location at the top of the hill in the town. 📸 by Liz King
The village of Keenagh is twenty minutes from Crossmolina. It is possibly the most unspoilt area of County Mayo. ____________________________ The Keenagh Loop Walk combines spectacular scenery, remote wilderness, and a variety of terrain that includes panoramic views of high mountains, a heavenly valley, wild vegetation and crystal clear rivers and streams. _____________________________ On the outward journey the walker has wonderful views towards Glenhest and Newport to the South and, on the return section, panoramic views of North Mayo all the way to the Atlantic. 📸 by Nephin Beg Photographics
A beautiful aerial view of the Moy Estuary North Mayo The River Moy rises at the foot of the Ox Mountains in Sligo and flows for 101km (62.5 mi) where is passes Swinford, through Foxford, Ballina and running into Killala Bay. Did you know the River Moy is County Mayo's longest river and Ireland's 13th longest river!
Beautiful views of the river Moy and the Salmon Weir Bridge from @ballinaartscentre. They’ve just announced theirAutumn/Winter programme and its jam-packed! Highlights include the Embers Children’s Film Festival, @ballinafringefestival, Ballina Comedy Club, Ballina One Act Drama Festival and lots of great theatre, visual art, poetry and live music. Book online at www.ballinaartscentre.com! #