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Leac an Anfa
The late June sun setting on Achill Island over Clew Bay with Lecanvey Pier in the midground and Clare Island on the horizon to the left
The late June sun setting on Achill Island over Clew Bay with Lecanvey Pier in the midground and Clare Island on the horizon to the left
Lecanvey is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°46′30″N 9°41′15″W / 53.7750°N 9.6875°W / 53.7750; -9.6875Coordinates: 53°46′30″N 9°41′15″W / 53.7750°N 9.6875°W / 53.7750; -9.6875
CountyCounty Mayo
205 m (673 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceL887819

Lecanvey (Irish: Leac an Anfa)[1] or Leckanvy (Irish: Leic Ainimhe)[2] is a seaside village in County Mayo, Ireland, between Westport and Louisburgh, about 2 km west of Murrisk. It has a small beach with Lecanvey Pier. To the south is Croagh Patrick. To the west is Clare Island.

The Lecanvey Community Alliance was constituted[3] in 2006 to improve the environment of the parts of the area which do not fall into the catchment area of Murrisk or of Louisburgh. Local concerns include improvement of roads and pavements, speed limits, litter control, hedging and mowing, and place-names and area signage.


Road access[edit]

Lecanvey is located on the R335 regional road.

Public transport[edit]

Bus services[edit]

Bus Éireann local route 450 Louisburgh-Lecanvey-Murrisk-Westport provides two to three journeys in each direction daily except Sundays. On Thursdays the route extends west to Killadoon.[4]

Rail access[edit]

The nearest rail services may be accessed at Westport railway station approximately 15 km distant. There are several trains a day from Westport to Dublin Heuston via Athlone.

Townlands served by the Lecanvey Community Alliance[edit]

Name Ainm Meaning Area
Bouris (OS maps: Boheh) An Bhuiríos (or Both Theith) 'the fortified settlement' or 'the warm hut' 360 acres (1.5 km2)
Carrowmacloughlin Ceathrú Mhic Lochlainn 'MacLoughlin's quarter' 600 acres (2.4 km2)
Cartoor Cartúr 'a parcel of land 64 acres (260,000 m2)' 132 acres (0.53 km2)
Durless Dúir Lios 'strong fort' 1,092 acres (4.42 km2)
Furrigal (OS maps: Furgill) Fóirghiall 'pledge for protection, hostage for safety' 439 acres (1.78 km2)
Glenbaun An Gleann Bán 'the white valley' 338 acres (1.37 km2)
Glencally Gleann an Calaidh 'glen of the marshy meadow' 511 acres (2.07 km2)
Gloshpatrick (OS maps: Glaspatrick) Glais Phádraig 'Patrick's streambed' 823 acres (3.33 km2)
Gorteendarragh Goirtín Darach 'little oak field' 12 acres (49,000 m2)
Kilsallagh Lower Coill Saileach Íochtair 'lower wood of willows' 702 acres (2.84 km2)
Kilsallagh Upper Coill Saileach Uachtair 'upper wood of willows' 347 acres (1.40 km2)
Kinnock (OS maps: Kinknock) Ceann Cnoic 'head of the rock' 279 acres (1.13 km2)
Lecanvey (OS maps: Leckanvy) Leac an Anfa 'flagstone of the storm' 786 acres (3.18 km2)
Lecanvey Pier Cé Leac an Anfa not a proper townland
Mullagh Mullach 'summit' 339 acres (1.37 km2)
Tangincartoor Teanga an Chartúir 'Cartoor's tongue'[citation needed] 234 acres (0.95 km2)
Thornhill Cnoc Sceichín 'hill of the hawthorn' 307 acres (1.24 km2)

Notable residents[edit]

The Iranian-American author Marsha Mehran rented a house in Lecanvey, where she died in April 2014.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joyce, P. W. 1995. The Origin and History of Irish Names of Places vol. II, p. 249.
  2. ^ "Leic Ainimhe/Leckanvy". logainm.ie. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  3. ^ Mayo News, "Local Notes", p. 21, 2006-07-26
  4. ^ "Bus Éireann : Timetable : No. 450" (PDF). buseireann.ie. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  5. ^ Milmo, Cahal (1 January 2015). "The mystery of Marsha Mehran - the best-selling young novelist who died a recluse in a rubbish-strewn cottage in Mayo". Irish Independent. Dublin: Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 January 2015.