Ballycastle, County Mayo

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This article is about the village of Ballycastle, County Mayo. For the town in Country Antrim, see Ballycastle, County Antrim.
Ballycastle
Baile an Chaisil
Town
Ballycastle is located in Ireland
Ballycastle
Ballycastle
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°17′00″N 9°22′00″W / 54.2833°N 9.3667°W / 54.2833; -9.3667Coordinates: 54°17′00″N 9°22′00″W / 54.2833°N 9.3667°W / 54.2833; -9.3667
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation 78 m (256 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Urban 249
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference G104378

Ballycastle (Irish: Baile an Chaisil, meaning "town of the castle") is a village in County Mayo, Ireland, situated northwest from Ballina, near Mayo's north coast in the West of Ireland. Ballycastle is also on the edge of an Irish speaking area called a Gaeltacht.

Ballycastle is situated on the rugged coast of North Mayo, with its northern boundary exposed to the wild Atlantic ocean. To the west of the town are the Stags of Broadhaven, to the east lies Killala Bay while to the south are the towns of Crossmolina and Ballina. It was at the Céide Fields that the first settlers began to farm the slopes of the Behy/Glenurla hillside over 5000 years ago. Ballycastle is host to the annual Healyfest festival. The festival takes place every August Bank holiday weekend and has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2005. This event attracts bands from all over Ireland and beyond for a weekend of great fun and great music.[1]

Buildings in Ballycastle

Public transport[edit]

Bus Éireann route 445 serves Ballycastle Mondays to Fridays inclusive providing a few services to/from Ballina via Killala. [2]

History[edit]

Cliffs along the Atlantic coastline of County Mayo, near Ballycastle

The parish of Ballycastle is a combination of the two ancient parishes of Kilbride and Doonfeeney. The name Ballycastle was in use as early as 1470 and was referred to as a parish in the Catholic directory of 1836.[3]

Famous people from Ballycastle include the Gaelic footballer Tommy Langan. He won two All-Ireland Senior Football Championships with the Mayo GAA senior county team and was named on the Football Team of the Millennium.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Healyfest. WesternPeople. Accessed March 12, 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=247#Mayo
  3. ^ Ballycastle Website. Causeway Coastal Route. Accessed March 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Ballycastle in County Mayo in the West of Ireland. mayo.ireland.ie. Accessed March 12, 2012.

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