This article needs additional citations for verification. (November 2007) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Village and district
|Elevation||70 m (230 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (WET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-1 (IST (WEST))|
|Irish Grid Reference|
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.
Places of interest
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.
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.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)