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Both Chomla
Bohola Church
Bohola Church
Bohola is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°54′09″N 9°03′21″W / 53.902618°N 9.0558300°W / 53.902618; -9.0558300Coordinates: 53°54′09″N 9°03′21″W / 53.902618°N 9.0558300°W / 53.902618; -9.0558300
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Irish Grid Reference M3065995300
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Bohola (Irish: Both Chomhla, meaning "Comhla's cell") is a village, in barony of Gallen, County Mayo, Ireland located along the N5 national primary road, which gives its name to the parish of Bohola. It consists of 2 pubs, a post office and a Catholic church. The village is located near Lough Conn.


Martin Sheridan achieved fame in the United States for his accomplishments in track and field during St. Louis, Athens and London Olympiads in the early part of the 20th century.Martin Sheridan was born in Bohola on 28 March 1881, the youngest of six children. In 1899 he left for America. In 1901 he won the discus event in New York and established a world record in this event in 1902. In 1904 he won his first Olympic medal. The King of Greece presented him with a golden goblet and a statute of Sheridan was erected which now stands resplendent under the Athenian skies. In 1909 he was near the end of a brilliant career which saw him win 9 Olympic medals -5 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze -and he set 16 world records. At this time he visited home and 20 coaches left Bohola to see him give an exhibition in Ballina in the discus and pole vault.When his Olympic days were over he won new laurels for himself in the New York Police Department. Several sports writers called him the greatest all-round performer of all time. In the Spring of 1918 he filled in for a police colleague, who was sick, and as a result Martin contacted pneumonia and died, he was 37 years old. On 28 May 1966, a memorial was unveiled in the village of Bohola to Martin Sheridan. He was surely Ireland's greatest Olympian. Many of his trophies and medals are on display in The O'Dwyer Cheshire Home, Bohola.

Former New York City Mayor and US Ambassador to Mexico William O'Dwyer and his brother, the noted New York City humanitarian, lawyer, and politician Paul O'Dwyer are also natives of the village, as is prominent civil rights attorney Frank Durkan, also of New York, who was a nephew of the O'Dwyers.

Sport in Bohola[edit]

People living in the Parish of Bohola play Gaelic Football with "Bohola Moy Davitts". Bohola Moy Davitts is an amalgamated team consisting of Straide, Foxford and Bohola. Among the teams achievements are its "Feile Doire 2010" All-Ireland title.


Bohola is a small village with a population of 235 as of 2006. This is an increase of 14.6% from 205 residents in 2002.

Popular Culture[edit]

Brendan Shine wrote a song called "Three Pubs in Bohola". The three pubs listed by Shine were McDonagh's, Clarke's and Roche's, however locals will be the only ones who would be able to confirm the accuracy of his lyrics.

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