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Ireland’s heritage on your doorstep

From the ancient history of the Céide fields right up to modern Irish heroes like Michael Davitt, Mayo is steeped in heritage and while staying at the Manor Hotel, you can visit all of these interesting monuments and sights.

The Céide Fields

Explore what is beneath the wild boglands of North Mayo and discover the oldest and most extensive stone aged farmed landscape in the world. The multi-award winning centre is dramatically located overlooking the Céide Cliffs.

Moyne Abbey

Situated at the mouth of the River Moy overlooking Bartra Island, this old gothic style church lies in ruins just a couple of miles from Killala Town. It was founded by permission of Pope Nicholas for the Observantine Franciscans in 1460. Local experts speculate the founder may have been McWilliams Bourke or one of the Barrett family

The Killala Round Tower

Standing tall right in the town of Killala, this is a well preserved tower and is nearly 26 metres high on a plinth 1metre high. Although damaged by lightning in the last century, it was repaired by Bishop Verschoyle. The original monastic foundation dates back to the 5th century when St. Patrick appointed Muiredach as first bishop of Killala.

Dolmen

You will notice numerous cromlechs or dolmens scattered over the Irish countryside. These are generally very large stones, standing upright, with one bid flat rock laid on top of them. Typically, there are usually three uprights and one table rock. Historians tells us they mark the burial places of Kings, princes and persons of royal blood but there is only one in Ireland which, according to Dr O'Donovan, can be satisfactorily connected with history. This famous dolmen is located on farming land in Ballina, Co. Mayo just behind the railway station.

Jackie Clarke Library and Archives

Here is an opportunity to view one of the most important Irish collections in the world. Its breadth and importance, once only known to its creator, is now being made available to all. The Jackie Clarke Library and Archive, based in Ballina, contains over 100,000 items including many unique documents that scholars had believed to be lost. These include sole surviving copies of publications, rare handbills and proclamations, unpublished manuscripts and political writings.

Michael Davitt Museum

One of Mayo’s most famous sons, Michael Davitt is a very important Irish historical figure and played a pivotal part in our country’s history throughout the 1800’s. The Museum dedicated to his life and work is now housed in the magnificently restored pre-penal church in the village of Straide, County Mayo. The Michael Davitt Museum contains an extensive collection of documents, photos, Land Acts, letters, postcards, posters and other items connected with his life and achievements.

The Mayo North Family Heritage Centre

Located on the Enniscrone country estate, this is dedicated to promoting the rich heritage of the region. The centre is one of North Mayo's main attractions, incorporating a museum displaying an impressive array of local farm and household artefacts. If you have come to Mayo looking for your family history, here you’ll find a family history research centre, designated by the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF), offering a service to people tracing their North Mayo roots.