County Mayo

Mayo, County Mayo

Mayo or Mayo Abbey is a village in County Mayo, Ireland. Although it bears the same name as the county, it is not the county seat, which is Castlebar. Mayo Abbey is a small historic village in south Mayo approximately ten miles to the south of Castlebar and six miles north west of Claremorris.

The village was an important centre in the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon christian world in the seventh and eighth centuries. St. Colman, Bishop of Lindisfarne, founded a monastery here for a group of Saxon monks in the 670s. For more than a thousand years it remained the most important centre in the region becoming in turn a diocese and a Norman town and giving its name to the county.

The BBC 4 part documentry "Amongst Women" was filmed in Mayo Abbey using the Old Catholic Church, the graveyard and the post office/shop.

Mayo Gaels is the local Gaelic team. They compete at all underage levels, also senior and junior.

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