Mayo History and Heritage
Stay at Mulranny Park Hotel
This stiff climb on Irelands Holy Mountain is rewarded by a huge sense of achievement and panoramic views. The hotel overlooks Croagh Patrick across Clew Bay. Click here for more information on Croagh Patrick. Croagh Patrick is situated five miles from the picturesque town of Westport and the mountain’s conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside.
Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are to be had from all stages of the ascent of the mountain. Follow the steps of Patrick and in doing so meet people from far and near. Teach na Miasa, The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre, is situated in Murrisk on the Pilgrim’s path at the base of Croagh Patrick Mountain and opposite the NationalFamine Monument.
The Croagh Patrick Information Centre is situated in Murrisk on the Pilgrim’s Path at the base of Croagh Patrick and opposite the National Famine Monument. Croagh Patrick is 5 miles from the picturesque town of Westport and its conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside. Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are spectacular from all stages of the ascent of the mountain.
Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage
8km (5 miles) west of Westport on the Louisburgh Road (R335), Croagh Patrick (pronounced Croke Patrick) stands at 764m (2,507ft) and is the third highest peak in Mayo, after Mweelrea and Nephin. Best known for its association with Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, who is said to have fasted for 40 days at the summit in 441AD, Croagh Patrick has been a pilgrimage destination since pre-Christian times.
Long before Saint Patrick’s arrival, the mountain was known by its ancient name of Cruchán Aigli, deriving from Cruach as a variant of ‘rick’ or ‘reek’, a reference to its distinctive conical shape. Hence, the mountain common local name, The Reek, spans the millennia. It was not until the 10th century that it became known for its link to Saint Patrick, taking the name Cruach Phádraig, and subsequently the anglicised version, Croagh Patrick.
The most popular route to the summit begins at the west end of Murrisk on the Louisburgh Road (R335) at the signposted carpark. The route is 7km (4.3 miles) long, round-trip; bring sturdy boots, rain-gear and layers, as the temperature can be much lower at the top, and the wind can be quite strong.
The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre includes a coffee shop/self-service restaurant, as well as a craft shop. Hot showers, secure lockers and pay and display parking are also available. Guided tours to the Statue are available from the Centre during peak season with advance notice.
Callout Guidelines for the Public – May Mountain Rescue
In an EMERGENCY if you require the assistance from the Mountain Rescue Team dial 999 or 112. You will get through to an emergency operator who will ask you what service you require. State ‘MOUNTAIN RESCUE’ and the team you require i.e MAYO. You will be connected to a member of the mountain rescue who will ask you some questions.
Danlan Yawl Art Gallery & School of Painting
Only a 5 minute drive from the hotel or a stop along the Great Western Greenway is Danlan Yawl. This Art Gallery & School of Painting has been established for over 20 years. The School is in the Old Stable Studio at the Danlann Yawl, Under direction of experienced Artist Seosamh O Dalaigh learn to paint and develop your style and creativity. Ideal for beginners & experienced painters. Visit www.achillpainting.com for more information
The village of Mulranny is an idyllic and picturesque place. Situated on an isthmus between Clew Bay and Blacksod Bay, Mulranny is the home of giant fuschias and exotic plants that must be seen to be believed. Mulranny has charming traditional pubs, two beaches a 9 hole golf links and much more. Keep an eye out for the native Old Irish Goats where Mulranny is their last stronghold. Why not visit the Environmental & Craft shop opening times are 11am – 5pm daily showcasing Mulranny heritage & History and locally handmade crafts on display and for sale. for more information go to www.mulranny.ie
Clew Bay Heritage Centre
Situated in a 19th century building, the Clew Bay Heritage Centre, traces the history of the planned town of Westport and the Clew Bay area from pre-Christian times to the present. Artefacts, documents and photographs connected with the general Westport area provide a basis for the presentation of local history, customs and traditions. Guided tours of the centre are available.
Westport House & Gardens
Westport House & Grounds, first opened to the public is 1960, is one of Ireland’s best loved heritage attractions. Having been family home to the Browne family for over 300 years, its roots trace back to Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connaught. As you can imagine – this house has some story to tell. Designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels James Wyatt and Thomas Ivory in the 18th Century,
It is located west of the Shannon and is one of Irelands’ most beautiful historic homes open to the public. It enjoys a superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Clare Island and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick. It was built and is still privately owned by the Browne family who are direct descendants of the 16th century Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley.