Mullaghmore, County Sligo

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Mullaghmore
An Mullach Mór
Village
A view of Mullaghmore
A view of Mullaghmore
Mullaghmore is located in Ireland
Mullaghmore
Mullaghmore
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°27′59″N 8°26′55″W / 54.4664°N 8.4486°W / 54.4664; -8.4486Coordinates: 54°27′59″N 8°26′55″W / 54.4664°N 8.4486°W / 54.4664; -8.4486
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Sligo
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 147
Irish Grid Reference G709577

Mullaghmore (Irish: An Mullach Mór, meaning "the great summit")[2] is a village on the Mullaghmore peninsula in County Sligo, Ireland. It is a noted holiday destination, characterised by ocean views and a skyline dominated by the monolithic shape of Ben Bulben mountain. It is in the barony of Carbury and parish of Ahamlish.

History[edit]

From the 17th to the 19th century it was part of the large estate belonging to the Temple family in north Sligo. The land, some 12,000 acres, was granted to Sir John Temple, 1st Viscount Palmerston and Master of the Rolls in Dublin. The 3rd Viscount, Henry John Temple, better known as Lord Palmerston, began the building of the castle of Classiebawn a baronial style house standing on the peninsula. He also built the stone walled harbour in the village which was designed by the marine engineer Alexander Nimmo. It was built between 1822 and 1841.

The Temples were mostly absentee landlords, with the estate being run initially by middlemen, and later by land agents, such as Stewart and Kincaid[3] a Dublin firm with offices in Sligo.[4] These agents, in their attempts to make the estates profitable, oversaw the "assisted emigration" that took place on the Palmerston and adjacent Gore Booth (Lissadell) estate in the area that began before the famine and continued until at least the 1860s.

Thus, in May 1862 a Sligo newspaper reported: "In accordance with a custom of some years standing, about sixty persons have been selected for emigration from the Parish of Ahamlish ... whose passages and outfit has been provided by his Lordship. They consist of twenty-four young girls, and twenty young men ... [and] families who were wholly unable to support themselves ... who had asked the favour of being sent out ..... The emigrants took their passages ... this day, for Liverpool, en route for America."[5]

Classiebawn was a favoured holiday retreat of Admiral of the Fleet The 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the last Viceroy of India, who had inherited Classiebawn Castle.

It was off the Mullaghmore coast in August 1979 that Lord Mountbatten, along with The Dowager Baroness Brabourne, The Hon. Nicholas Knatchbull and County Fermanagh teenager Paul Maxwell, were killed by a bomb planted by the Provisional IRA.

In 2007 it hosted the final stage of Rally Ireland.

Surfing[edit]

External images
Surfing waves up to 15 metres
high on 8 March 2012
1. Ollie O'Flattery
2. Ollie O'Flattery
3. Andrew Cotton
4. Andrew Cotton
5. Gabe Davies

Mullaghmore is one of the best big wave surfing locations in the world. On 8 March 2012, surfers and windsurfers from all over the world rode waves up to 15 metres (49 ft) high off Mullaghmore Head. (See external images gallery below.) These waves were about five metres less than the tallest wave ever recorded in Ireland in County Donegal on 13 December 2011, which was 20.4 metres (67 ft) high.[6][7]

The waves in Mullaghmore were generated by a complex weather system nicknamed the "Viking storm" leading to the best big wave conditions in the area for the month of March for 15 years. Some riders suffered bruising as well as broken bones and surf boards.[8][9]

A North American low pressure system moved east and combined with another cyclone in the Western Atlantic. This system moved into an area off the coast of Ireland that already had high waves owing to a series of strong systems the previous week. In addition, a strong anticyclone over the Azores created a large pressure gradient in the North Atlantic that directed a strong fetch towards Ireland. There was also an extended fetch length in the North Atlantic in the direction of Europe while the swell was created. These combined conditions produced waves that were confirmed by satellite data on 7 March 2012 to have exceeded 15 metres (49 ft) in height.[10]

Transport[edit]

The nearest bus stop to Mullaghmore is located at Cliffoney around 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) distant and is served several times a day by Bus Éireann local and Expressway services.[11]

People[edit]

Joe McGowan - Historian and author

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