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Village and district
Murrisk is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°46′42″N 9°37′53″W / 53.7783°N 9.6315°W / 53.7783; -9.6315Coordinates: 53°46′42″N 9°37′53″W / 53.7783°N 9.6315°W / 53.7783; -9.6315
CountyCounty Mayo
70 m (230 ft)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceL925821

Murrisk (Irish: Muraisc) is a village in County Mayo, Ireland, on the south side of Clew Bay, about 8 km west of Westport and 4 km east of Lecanvey.

Murrisk lies at the foot of Croagh Patrick and is the starting-point for pilgrims who visit the mountain. Every year, on the last Sunday of July, thousands of people converge on the village to make the pilgrimage. There is a small interpretative centre in the village, which focuses on Croagh Patrick.

The name is also used for the entire district south to the fjord of Killary Harbour. This barony runs from Westport and also includes Louisburgh and Lecanvey; there is also at least one abandoned village, Uggool.


Murrisk 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.[1]

Rail access[edit]

The nearest rail services may be accessed at Westport railway station approximately 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) distant. There are several trains a day from Westport to Dublin Heuston via Athlone.

Places of interest[edit]

The Abbey ruins, 1792
Famine Memorial

The ruined Murrisk Abbey just to the seaward side of the village was an Augustinian abbey founded in 1457 by the O'Malley family. It was suppressed in the Reformation, but survived for some time.

Murrisk is also the site of Ireland's National Famine Memorial, designed by Irish artist John Behan, which abstractly resembles a coffin ship filled with dying people. The monument was unveiled in July 1997 by President Mary Robinson.[2]


Murrisk is part of both the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland parishes of Oughaval. Catholic records consist of marriages (from 1825) and baptisms (from 1845) and Church of Ireland records of baptisms, marriages and burials (all from 1802). These records are held at the South Mayo Family Research Centre in Ballinrobe which is 32 km southeast of Westport.

See also[edit]

Barony of Murrisk shown in darker pink at bottom left of County Mayo


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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