Hiking Inisturk – The Most Beautiful of Mayo Islands

Hiking Inisturk – The Most Beautiful of Mayo Islands

On the boat out from Roonagh to go hiking Inisturk, I just can’t stop muttering it to myself. Every time I visit this wonderful little island, I’m visited by the sweet opening verse from Nancy Spain, the popular ballad most famously sung by Christy Moore,...
Round Towers of County Mayo

Round Towers of County Mayo

Of the 60-odd Irish round towers remaining, in various states of repair, 5 are to be found in County Mayo. Round towers are believed to have been built around the 8th to 12th Centuries and were most probably bell towers associated with the church that would have stood...
Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way

“What do you think of it yourself?”, says I. Sitting enjoying a pint of the black stuff in McDonnell’s pub in Béal an Mhuirthead (Belmullet, Co. Mayo), we were chatting about the sheer scale of the Wild Atlantic Way. “Tis a fierce drive alright”, says Pat, bending...

Connacht

Ireland’s western province, Connacht, holds an especially intriguing place in the national self-perception. Far from the seat of power and the more densely populated Leinster, Connacht is a little-understood part of our country. As far back as the first...