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Phil and Molly's Irish Scene HOMEPAGE19. The small town of Louisburgh

SCENES from IRELAND - County Mayo


 

Louisburgh is a busy 'big village' on the road west from Westport.

There are good local services in Louisburgh ranging from shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, pharmacy, art gallery and a store for fishing tackle and beach stuff!

Louisburgh also has the Louisburgh Famine Museum and Granuaile Visitor Centre with much to say on two important slices of Irish history.

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Stauntons Alicare Pharmacy Louisburgh Co. Mayo

Louisburgh's Staunton's Alicare Pharmacy at the crossroads

This building was the Market House from the late 18th century when the new town of Louisburgh was founded.

Rates, customs and tolls from fairs and markets were collected here.

 

Picnic area River Bunowen Louisburgh Co. Mayo

The picnic area in Louisburgh on the banks of the River Bunowen

 

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In Louisburgh, somebody has erected a 'fake' prehistoric standing stone by the River Bunowen.

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Louisburgh Co. Mayo

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Above/below: The 'books@one bookshop in Louisburgh.

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Beans 'n Cream cafe and ice cream parlour Louisburgh Co. Mayo

Beans 'n Cream cafe and ice cream parlour in Louisburgh.

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The River Bunowen flows through Louisburgh.

 

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Great food and service at the Tia cafe in Louisburgh.

 

Good Grazing Fish and Chips shop Louisburgh Co. Mayo Orla's Local Seafood Restaurant Louisburgh Co. Mayo

Left: Good Grazing takeaway diner Fish and Chips shop in Louisburgh.

Right: Orla's Local Seafood Restaurant next to the 'Art Room' in Louisburgh.

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Sea Dog Store Louisburgh Co. Mayo Derrylahan Bar and Bistro Louisburgh Co. Mayo

Left: The Sea Dog Store, Louisburgh. Right: Derrylahan Bar and Bistro in Louisburgh.

 

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The Solas art shop and gallery in Louisburgh.

 

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The Louisburgh 74 is a good cafe in Louisburgh.

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Louisburgh Famine Museum and Granuaile Visitor Centre

Louisburgh Famine Museum Granuaile Visitor Centre Co. Mayo

The museum is housed in what was an old 'disused' Church of Ireland building in Louisburgh.


The Famine Museum in Louisburgh describes local memories of the famine and how it was presented in the media, nationally and locally at that time ~1845-1849., including the tragic local famine walk along Doo Lough Valley in 1849.

The Granuaile Centre recounts the life and times of the 16th century O'Malley Chief and Sea Captain, Granuaile (Grace O'Malley or Gráinne Uaile) who commanded the shipping fleet which reigned supreme in Clew Bay at that time.

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The famine section of the museum, especially the description of the fateful Doolough Valley walk from Louisburgh to Delphi.

Doolough Valley Delphi tragic walk Louisburgh Famine Museum Granuaile Visitor Centre Co. Mayo The Doolough tragedy

 

The Great Famine 1845-1849 Louisburgh Famine Museum Granuaile Visitor Centre Co. Mayo Louisburgh Famine Museum Granuaile Visitor Centre Co. Mayo

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Louisburgh Famine Museum Granuaile Visitor Centre Co. Mayo

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museum displays of the life and times of Grace O'Malley (Granuaile) Louisburgh Famine Museum Granuaile Visitor Centre Co. Mayo Louisburgh Famine Museum Granuaile Visitor Centre Co. Mayo

The museum displays of the life and times of Grace O'Malley (Granuaile)

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More on Louisburgh (adapted from Wikipedia)

Louisburgh (Irish: Cluain Cearbán) is a small town on the southwest corner of Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. It is home to Sancta Maria College and the Gráinne O'Malley Interpretive Centre.

Louisburgh is located on the R335 regional road. It can be approached from Westport (13 miles) or from Leenane (19 miles). The former approach passes along Clew Bay on one side and Croagh Patrick on the other, while the latter passes through lake and mountain scenery past Doo Lough and Delphi Lodge.

Most of Louisburgh lies within the townland of Clooncarrabaun (an anglicisation of Cluain Cearbán). The town was constructed in 1795 by the 3rd Earl of Altamount, (later 1st Marquess of Sligo), John Denis Browne of Westport to house Catholic refugees who fled sectarian conflict in the north of Ireland. Originally a planned town, it retains many of the eighteenth century features in style and scale. The 1st Marquess of Sligo named the town Louisburgh in memory of his Uncle, Captain Henry Browne, who fought on the British side against the French in the 1758 battle of Louisburg. Louisburg (or Louisbourg in French) was a French fortress on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. As a result of the British victory, a temporary unit of Louisbourg Grenadiers was formed, in which his Uncle was a captain.

Louisburgh is built on the Bunowen River, part of which is a salmon fishery. Nearby Roonagh Pier, approx 6 km from the town, is the departure point for ferries to Clare Island and Inishturk. There are a number of stunning beaches in the area renowned for their cleanliness. Nearest to the town are "majestic Old Head", Bunowen and Carramore while Carrowniskey, Cross, Lecanvey are within easy reach. Further to the west and south are the famed White Strand of Tallabawn, Silver Strand and Uggool Beach. Each year, on the May Bank Holiday Weekend, the town hosts a traditional music festival - Féile Chois Chuan - which attracts a large number of enthusiasts from many parts of Ireland and abroad.

The main geographical features around Louisburgh are Croagh Patrick to the east, the Sheeffry Hills and Mweelrea Mountains to the south, the Atlantic to the west and Clew Bay to the north.

Louisburgh experienced an upturn in its fortunes during the economic boom in Ireland. For many years emigration and joblessness prevailed. During the boom there was high employment especially in construction due to a large a number of holiday homes being built. Many local people commute to work in nearby towns such as Westport and Castlebar, each of which have a growing industrial base.

Louisburgh has facilities for fishermen, surfers, hill walkers, beach-walkers and photographers.


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