Towns of Mayo
Charlestown —County Mayo
Charlestown (Baile Chathail) was established around the time of the Great Famine on the initiative of Lord Dillon's agent, Charles Strickland. The town has good sports facilities, including an outdoor swimming pool.
Knock International Airport (nearby) is a big asset to Charlestown.
Clare Island is a charming island of 16 sq. km. at the mouth of Clew Bay. The quartzite hills on the north-west rise to 461m in the peak of Knockmore, with some flat land on the east and south.
Its early archaeological remains include a court-tomb at Lecarrow, ancient cooking sites (fulachta fiadh), standing stones, promontory forts and other sites from later times. One of the most interesting places is the remains of the late fifteenth century Cistercian Friary, which was originally founded by monks from Abbeyknockmoy, Co Galway. The remains are those of a nave and chancel church, with a dwelling tower over the latter, and a two-storey northern annexe. The channel vault was once covered with frescos; substantial patches still remain in a faded condition and repay careful scrutiny.
Within 25kms of here