Sea Rod Inn
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Sea Rod Inn, Doohoma, Ballina, Mayo,
Mrs Bernadette Barrett
The Sea Rod Inn is located in Doohoma, County Mayo. The inn carries a famous tradition of warmth and friendliness. Now completely remodelled, The Sea Rod Inn is Fáilte Ireland approved.
The nine magnificent bedrooms are all ensuite with central heating and TV. Tea-and coffee-making facilities are available in the separate sitting room, exclusive to guests, with panoramic views of Achill Island and the Atlantic Ocean. The Sea Rod Inn provides full Irish Breakfast, evening meals, afternoon teas and/or packed lunches on request.
The Sea Rod Inn is a fully licensed premises with a beautifully decorated bar and lounge. There is also a fully stocked shop on the premises. Social life in Doohoma is lively and colourful. The traditional house dances and music have moved out in keeping with the spirit of the times, into the two spacious local pubs.
The Doohoma Peninsula is almost an island, being connected to the mainland of Erris by a narrow isthmus at Geesala through which runs the only access road. Geesala was the setting for J.M. Synge's celebrated Playboy of the Western World.
Doohoma has an extensive and beautiful strand which is never crowded or polluted owing to its distance from large centres of population. The sea here is free from any strong currents and ideal for swimming, padding and such sports as surfing and sailing. Adjacent to the strand is a large sports complex with facilities for Gaelic football, soccer, open air sports, pitch and putt and picnics. There is also a space beside the sea for caravans and cars.
Doohoma has also stoney beaches where children can pick shellfish such as winkles, mussels and limpets in safety. Oyster beds are also being cultivated which should provide a great attraction for the gourmet.
For those interested in walking, cycling or just sightseeing there is a ring road some 12 miles long, right round by the coast of the Doohoma Peninsula which is almost three miles square, with easy access to coves and shores throughout the whole length. The colours of mountain, sea and sky, so beloved to the artist Paul Henry, vary from hour to hour and the sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking in their beauty.