Ballycastle County Mayo Ireland

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Ballycastle County Mayo Ireland

Ballycastle, County Mayo is in the far western region of the Republic of Ireland.

It is not the Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.

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It is a tiny town or a small village in the rolling green hills of the North west, and has a small water outlet that leads to the sea.

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(IrishBaile an Chaisil, meaning “town of the castle”).

The climate is cool and there is a great art community that lives in the area.  Perfect scenery for painting a landscape or seascape.  Many come here for months.

You could drive down the hill and through Ballycastle in less than 30 seconds – most do, but there is a welcome waiting for you if you do stop.

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There is a catholic and a Church Of Ireland here in the town, and I think there may sadly be more bodies under the earth, than warming the pews on a Sunday.

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There is a small walled area with tables and chairs here, and it gives shelter from the Irish winds.  Also an old stone wall extends at the far end of the town.

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The little village is cute. With 3 pubs, a butcher, and 2 little stores.

 

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Each pub has a different clientele from what we worked out, with fishermen and farmers in some, and retirees in another, with families in yet another.

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Mary’s Country Kitchen is probably the safest place to find someone on any day. Here is a smile, a warm fire, and food!

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Many of the business have closed and have turned into homes.

This is partly due to the Government placing hefty insurance requirements on them – so I am told.

There is a small school .

Choose a road. Many lead on from here to other small villages. There is a lot of history in these parts.

This includes Ceide fields – 5000 years old – definitely worth a visit.

More traffic zooms by and heads to Patrick Down. Past the old and closed down stores and barns.

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Past the quaint stone homes of yesteryear with their broken glass windows, and weeds peeping through.

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This is where St. Patrick was meant to have driven the snakes out to the Atlantic ocean.  When we visited it was a blustery and cold day.

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Here the famous cliffs hit the Atlantic Ocean.

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Come and visit the Ballycastle region.  It is remote. It is quiet. It is stunning!

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