Bingham of Castlebar, Earls of Lucan

Bingham of Castlebar, Earls of Lucan

If you ask a person with only a passing interest in the history of landlordism in County Mayo for a single surname, they’re quite likely to give you Bingham, or their adopted title, Lucan. Sir Richard Bingham (above, 1528 – 1599) became Governor of Connacht under...
Santa Margarida Volcano in Catalunya

Santa Margarida Volcano in Catalunya

As we reach the lower slopes of Santa Margarida volcano, we’re some 3 ½ hours and 9 km into our first day of beautiful, easy-going walking in Catalunya. With barely anybody else around and lovely shade-giving trees as constant companions, we’re already wonderfully...
Annagh Marsh to Cross Abbey Walk

Annagh Marsh to Cross Abbey Walk

As I watched 34 Lapwings in the air at once, thoughts turned to moving on and beginning my (mostly) beach walk from Annagh Marsh to Cross Abbey, along the western shore of The Mullet peninsula. I had spent over an hour enjoying these beautiful birds, along with Mute...
Welcome to my New Website

Welcome to my New Website

“Whatever you do, don’t launch a new website if you’ve nothing to offer”, I heard them screaming from the wings. Hmm. Welcome to my new website and business name, Barry’s Guided Tours. As you browse my tours, one thing will quickly jump out at you : Several of them...
Look Out Posts of County Mayo

Look Out Posts of County Mayo

During the early years of World War II, a series of Look Out Posts (LOPs) was constructed along the coast of neutral Ireland. In total, 83 of these little huts were put in place to watch out over the seas, report back to Army Intelligence HQ and, notably, to recover...