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County Mayo

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County Mayo
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Area: 5,397 km²
Capital: Castlebar
Code: MO
Population: 117,428 (2002)
Province: Connacht

County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo, the plain of the yews) is a county on the west coast of Ireland. It is in the province of Connacht. The county town of Mayo is Castlebar, which is also the largest town. Ballina is the second largest town.

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Mayo County Crest

The shrine of Knock is in Mayo close to the border with County Roscommon. Mayo is also home to Croagh Patrick a mountain where St. Patrick is said to have fasted for forty days and nights.

The highest point in Mayo and Connacht is Mweelrea (814 metres). The river Moy in the northeast of the county is renowned for its salmon fishing. Ireland's largest island, Achill, is in Mayo.

Mayo is also noted for its Gaelic Football team, famed for their inability to win All-Ireland finals. They last won a title in 1951.

Michael Davitt, founder of the Land League, was born in Mayo. The bridge to Achill is named after him.

The south of Inishturk island has a small secessionist movement which seeks to join with Co. Galway to the south, although so far they have made little progress.

Towns and Villages in County Mayo

Other places in County Mayo

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