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Béal Trá
Beltra is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°13′10″N 8°37′03″W / 54.2194°N 8.6175°W / 54.2194; -8.6175Coordinates: 54°13′10″N 8°37′03″W / 54.2194°N 8.6175°W / 54.2194; -8.6175
CountyCounty Sligo
51 m (167 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceG597302

Beltra (Irish: Béal Trá, meaning "Strand at the Mouth") is a village in County Sligo, Ireland. Beltra is situated between the Ox Mountains[1] and the Atlantic Ocean. There is a public house named AJ's situated near Beltra woods and Beltra Post Office owned and managed by the Murray family. Farming, haulage and construction are the major source of employment in Beltra. Beltra has an annual agricultural show each September.


The village takes its name from the beach nearby along the western shore of Ballysadare bay. There are several old names for the strand, the most common being Trá Eóchaille, Strand of the Yew Wood, or after Eochaille the wright. Trá Ruis Airgid Strand of Red Silver perhaps because of the silver and lead mine at Abbeytown near Ballysadare. The mine contains the mineral Pyrargyrite an ore also known as "dark red silver" or "ruby silver".[2] Other names are Trá Mná Mairbe Strand of the Dead Women, Trá an Cháirn Strand of the Cairn.

In Irish mythology, the Firbolg King Eochaid mac Eirc met his death here after the first Battle of Moytura. The king was buried here in a cairn that existed on the strand known as "the stone-heap of the Strand of Eothail". Also killed and buried here were the three sons of Nemed, i.e., Cesarb, Luamh, and Luachra, leaders of the pursuing Tuatha de Danaan. They were interred at the west end of the strand, at a place since called Leca Mic Nemed, or the grave-slab of the sons of Nemed.

In the 19th century there was a constabulary barracks in the village. A Martian crater is named after it: see Beltra (crater).


  1. ^ "Ox Mountain Range". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-03-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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