History And Heritage

History and heritage

One of Ireland’s few planned towns, designed by well-known 18th century architect, James Wyatt, Westport has earned its place among Ireland’s heritage towns

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Westport House, A History

Westport House, a history

Westport House is one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes and enjoys a superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

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Kildavnet Castle

Kildavnet castle

Kildavnet Castle, on Achill Island, was Granuaile’s fortress guarding the entrance to Achill Sound, linking Clew Bay to the south and Blacksod Bay to the north.

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Rockfleet Castle

Rockfleet Castle

Rockfleet Castle, a 16th-century fortified tower house, is best known for its association with Granuaile, the O’Malley chieftain and infamous pirate queen.

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Cong

Cong

Cong is a small village in south Mayo famous for its 12th century abbey, the lavish gold and silver processional Cross of Cong from 1123, the magnificent Ashford Castle, the town’s links with Oscar Wilde and, most popularly, its association with the John Wayne classic movie, The Quiet Man.

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Clare Island

Clare Island

Clare Island, a short trip from Westport, has walking tours, bus tours, bike hire, swimming at the Blue Flag beach, birdwatching, diving, and horse trekking.

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