Joyce Country

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Green indicates Joyce Country, with pale green showing it at its greatest defined extent; Red indicates Connemara,[citation needed] with pink showing it at its greatest defined[citation needed] extent (not including those who consider anywhere west of the Corrib to be in Connemara)

Joyce Country (Irish: Dúiche Sheoighe) is a cultural region in counties Galway and Mayo in Ireland. Part of the area falls within the Connacht Gaeltacht. There are about 2,000 people living in the area and about 25% of those are native Irish speakers. Joyce Country lies west of the Lough Mask area, beyond the isthmus; a hilly region in the north of County Galway, extending into the southern part of County Mayo, traversed by green valleys and lonely roads.

There exists a Joyce Country Mountain and Lake District which covers the area south of Lough Mask, including the communities from Clonbur to Maam, Cloghbrack and Finney. Some sources include the balance of the isthmus, extending the region to Cong, Cross and The Neale.

Joyce family[edit]

One of the first of the family ("Seoige" in Gaelic) recorded in Connacht was Thomas Joy, who established a minor English lordship in northern Iar Connacht. His territory was the barony of Ross, contiguous to Killery Bay and extending from Cong river to the river. The family became Gaelicised and assimilated into the local Gaelic culture.


Area Population Daily Irish Speakers
An Fhairche 890 19% (175)
Conga 493 40% (201)
An Chorr 158 30% (48)
Leitir Breacáin 31 12% (4)
An Ros 105 60% (64)
An Uilinn 91 31% (29)
Mairíos 128 12% (16)
Binn an Choire 116 14% (17)
TOTAL 2,012 554


See also[edit]

County Galway

County Donegal

County Kerry

County Mayo


  • Hardiman, James, History of Galway, 1820
  • Gillespie and Moran, eds., Galway: History and Society, Geography Publications, 1996. ISBN 0-906602-75-0
  • Martyn, Adrian, The Tribes of Galway:1124–1642, Galway, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9955025-0-5