Corraun Peninsula

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The Corraun Peninsula, also spelt Currane, is a peninsula in County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland. It sits bewteen the mainland and the island.

The Western Greenway is the first cycling route of its kind in Ireland, following the old Achill Sound to Westport rail route. It passes through the north side of the peninsula, following a very scenic route.

There are 730 people living on Corraun peninsula, 25% of whom are native Irish speakers. The peninsula is immediately east of Achill Island, and forms part of the parish of Achill. It comprises the villages of Tornragee, Polranny, Belfarsad, Corraun and Dogh Beg.

The Corraun mosque was opened in 2010 despite local protests.

A road on the Corraun penissula, near Mulranny as viewed from a bridge on the Great Western Greenway. Halloween, 2014.
Sheep in a paddock by the Great Western Greenway near Mulranny. November 2014

Achill Island is connected to the peninsula via the Michael Davitt Bridge.

Corraun is a place of extreme beauty, dominated by Corraun Hill (524 m). There are great views of Clew Bay and the Mullet Peninsula to the north.[1]

Sport[edit]

Corraun is the home of Fr Griffin Park, the Community Sports Field overlooking views of Croagh Patrick, Achillbeg Island and Clare Island. It hosts Rugby, Gaelic Football, Soccer Matches and has even hosted a game of Cricket.

Mulranny United Football Club currently play all their Home League games here. In the past it has also hosted Achill Rovers, which won the Mayo League in the late 90's. It also hosted a Martin Gallagher Cup game in November 2011 between the local side Currane and the visiting Achill Island team Dooniver/The Valley/Doogort(DVD's).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayo map 1838, Mayo library web site

Coordinates: 53°55′02″N 9°51′52″W / 53.9171°N 9.8644°W / 53.9171; -9.8644