Bangor Erris

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Bangor Erris

Bangor Erris is located in Ireland
Bangor Erris
Bangor Erris
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°08′35″N 9°44′25″W / 54.1431°N 9.7403°W / 54.1431; -9.7403Coordinates: 54°08′35″N 9°44′25″W / 54.1431°N 9.7403°W / 54.1431; -9.7403
CountyCounty Mayo
96 m (315 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceF863229

Bangor Erris (Irish: Beannchar) is a town in Kiltane parish in Erris, County Mayo, Ireland with a population of 500. It is on the banks of the Owenmore River and is the gateway to the Erris Peninsula linking Belmullet with Ballina and Westport, nestled at the foot of the "Bangor Trail" a 22-mile mountain pass across the Nephin Beg (Irish: Néifinn Bheag) Mountain Range to Newport. Only 2 km away is Carrowmore Lake, (Irish: Loch na Ceathrú Móire) Bangor is a centre for wild atlantic salmon and sea trout fishing. Bangor Erris is located in the Parish of Kiltane. Due west from Bangor are the towns of Belmullet, Geesala, Mulranny, Westport and Doolough.


Sculpture at eastern outskirts of Bangor Village

The original name for Bangor was Doire Choinadaigh (Kennedy's Wood), a name found on maps from 1724 - 1829. the place was also called 'Coineadach' by John O'Donovan in the Ordnance Survey Name Books of 1838. In 1802 when James McPartlan (Statistical Survey p. 159) surveyed the area, he called the village 'Cahal' and noted that there were regular fairs held there at that time. Locally the village was known as 'Aonach Cathail' because a wealthy buyer of that name was a regular at the fair days. The name 'Bangor' was given to the village by Major Denis Bingham who established the town of Bangor Erris.

The reason Bangor was chosen as a site for Bingham's town was because it was situated at the crossroads of two old roads which were in use from about the middle of the 18th century. One road led from Carne (Mullet peninsula) to Castlebar and the other went from Inver (Kilcommon) to Newport. Both roads were repaired by order of the County Assizes in 1793. The crossroads was well sheltered from the worst of the prevailing winds and its situation on the banks of the Owenmore River also made it a suitable site.

Major Bingham introduced the Revenue Police to stamp out the illicit distillation of drink, in reality it was to get personal protection for himself in his house Bingham Lodge on the western edge of the town. A post office was established in the town in 1842.[2]

The local parish church dates back to the mid 19th Century.

Irish War of Independence[edit]

In January 1921, a local man - Michael McAndrew (aged 27) was stabbed in the neck by a soldier. McAndrew was attempting to take the soldier's rifle when he received the wound. He was taken to Belmullet Hospital where he survived the injury.[3]


Bus Éireann route 446 links Bangor Erris with Bellacorick, Crossmolina and Ballina. In the reverse direction it links to Belmullet and the Mullet Peninsula. There is one service a day in each direction, including Sundays. On Friday evenings an extra journey operates from Ballina.[4] Onward rail and bus connections are available at Ballina.


Village of Bangor Erris

There are three public houses in Bangor; the Talk Of The Town, the Kiltane Tavern and the West End Bar, which is situated just past on the cross roads. There is one supermarket/grocery shop in Bangor, Carrabine's. There is a bookmakers and a hardware store also. Bangor National School which is attended by the children of Bangor and other neighboring villages such as Tawnagh and Bellacorick. Bangor Hibs have just completed an All Weather Astroturf Pitch which is suitable for 7/8 a side or 2 x 5 a side football.


The GAA Club in Kiltane is Kiltane GFC. Kiltane were founded in 1964 and wear blue and gold jerseys.They won the Junior and Intermediate Championships in 1972 and 1973 respectively.The fact that Kiltane have maintained their Senior status ever since is a source of tremendous pride to a parish who have always relied upon a very small player pool most of whom are living out of the area.

The soccer club in Bangor Erris is named Bangor Hibernians F.C. Founded in 1995 the club plays in the Premier division of the Mayo Association League and is fully affiliated with the Football Association of Ireland. The club's colours are blue and black vertical stripes. 2009 was historic for the club with its fielding of a B team in the Mayo League. The club President is Miomir Jugin, Belgrade, Serbia.The club crest denotes the "Big Bridge" in Bangor which carries traffic over the Owenmore River and is situated close to the club's home ground namely Ballybeg Park. The Club's first major Junior Cup Final victory came against Partry Athletic in the Tonra Cup in 2006. (1-0 a.e.t.). 2011 has been a historic year for Bangor Hibs with the team recording a second major Cup Final victory by claiming the Tuohy Cup ironically also against Partry Athletic on a 3-0 scoreline in the final which was played in Milebush Park, Castlebar. Just two weeks later on 7 August the team have recorded a first ever League title (PREMIER B) following a 2-1 home win over local rivals Crossmolina.Bangor Hibs were named Mayo League Club of the Year in 2011. The club have recently completed an all weather Astroturf facility at Ballybeg Park suitable for 7/8 a side or 2 x 5 aside football. Bangor Hibs added a second League title in 2015 when they also won the Premier Division B title. As of 2018 the club are in the Mayo League Premier Division.

More on Bangor Hibs:- [1]

Notable people[edit]

  • Johnny Carey (Gaelic footballer)
  • Rosaleen Gallagher (Paralympian) In the 1968 summer Olympics Rosaleen Gallagher won a medal in four different sports; archery, athletics, swimming and table tennis.(1) She went on to compete in many other games. Rosaleen Gallagher is Ireland's most successful Paralympian in individual events. She was awarded the freedom of the city of Toronto, Canada and the Mayo Association of New York dedicated March 15th as Rosaleen Gallagher day.


The area around Bangor Erris is rich in local folklore. The legend of the Ulster Cycle took place not far from Bangor Erris at the fort at Rathmorgan beside Carrowmore Lake. Known as Táin Bó Flidhais it tells the story of a cattle raid around the 1st century AD.

There is a folktale that the road between Bangor Erris and Ballycroy is haunted by magical creatures. A phantom dog sometimes appears, as does a white cow, whose appearance is regarded as a warning of death. Several of the local lakes are associated with folk tales of 'water horses", which sometimes come onto the land and try to get people to mount them, and subsequently take them off into the water.[5]

See also[edit]


  • Noone, Fr. Sean. Where the Sun Sets (1991) Kildare.
  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Bangor Erris". Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Varieties". Kerry Examiner. October 1842.
  3. ^ "Dublin Castle Reports". Freemans Journal. 4 January 1921.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Browne, Charles (1837). The Ethnography of BallyCroy, County Mayo, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 105.