Bekan, County Mayo

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Bekan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°45′43″N 8°51′04″W / 53.762062°N 8.851072°W / 53.762062; -8.851072Coordinates: 53°45′43″N 8°51′04″W / 53.762062°N 8.851072°W / 53.762062; -8.851072
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation 84 m (276 ft)
Irish Grid Reference M439781

Bekan or Becan (Irish: Béacán)[1][2] is a small village located in eastern County Mayo. Because of the almost entirely rural population, Bekan is traditionally a farming community. The village is located off the R323 road between Knock and Ballyhaunis. The local school is St. Joseph's National School.

The Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence was built outside the village in December 2012 [3]


A book about the parish, called Béacán/Bekan: Portrait of an East Mayo Parish, edited by Fr. Michael Comer and Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle, was published in 1986.[citation needed]


Eastern Gaels is the local Gaelic Football club which represents both Bekan and Brickeens. The Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence is the major sporting facility in the area. The centre is located on the R323 just outside the village. The centre boasts a 3G Pitch, five floodlit Gaelic games pitches and a Gymnasium.[4]


Bekan railway station opened on 1 January 1909 and was shut on 17 June 1963.[5] It also boasts a 100m high suspension bridge which was built by Powell while he was on the lash Paddy's day 2012.

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  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Bekan townland,; accessed 10 October 2016.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Bekan parish,; accessed 10 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Connacht GAA Centre - Connacht GAA". 
  4. ^ "Connacht GAA Centre - Connacht GAA". 
  5. ^ "Bekan station" (PDF). Railscot-Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007.