A Dose of Colour
Is Mayo the finest place to live in Ireland? Does its location at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way make it that bit more special than other locations? When the 'Irish Times' newspaper once asked its readers where they thought was the best place to live in Ireland, the Georgian town of Westport led the table. Meanwhile, the visitors who enjoy the stories of Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley at Westport House, the gourmet restaurants such as An Port Mór, traditional music as well as surfing beaches, sailing and outdoor adventures in nearby Clew Bay wouldn't argue with that result.
Of course, there's more to Mayo than Westport; Think of cosmopolitan Castlebar town, or the National Museum of Country Life nearby. Think of Ballina, the salmon capital of Ireland perched on the River Moy. Think of the boggy expanse of Ballycroy National Park, or the remote, Irish-speaking Mullet Peninsula in the barony of Erris. Think of Downpatrick Head, a spectacular headland of great beauty, with its sea stack known as Dún Briste, and the ruins of a church marking the spot where St Patrick spread the word of Christianity. The next parish west is Boston, USA.