We Are Mayo


Coffee-table style book with 190 pages of stunning colour and historic black and white photographs accompanying a text that covers County Mayo history, geography, infrastructure, people and places, sport and a short final chapter on ‘Music, Song and Mayo’s Dark Skies’. A weighty hardback book, it measures 25.5cm (10in) x 21.5cm (8.5in) and is a perfect gift for anyone with Mayo connections or interests.

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We Are Mayo by Tom Brett & Sean Rice

190 pages with numerous full colour and black & white historic photographs.

From the back cover:

‘We Are Mayo’ reaches out to all Mayo people – not only in Ireland and Britain but also the very large, worldwide Mayo diaspora who for various reasons now live their lives in places far away from their native County Mayo.

‘We Are Mayo’ is a high quality photographic and written record of our beautiful county demanding a special place in every Mayo home as well as libraries, offices, waiting rooms, hotels, cafes, bed and breakfasts, hospitals and nursing homes. We hope that local Mayo people and visitors reading the book will feel a desire to share a copy with fellow family members and friends all over the globe.

The design is a simple formula dealing with our geographic location in the world, our history, our infrastructure, our people and places, our sporting and other legends both young and old – all brought together by the great accident of our birth or choice of residence in our unique and beautiful county on the west coast of Ireland.

We hope that for years to come ‘We Are Mayo’s’ unique photographic images will become part of a treasured heirloom, acknowledged and admired by all who come to read it. They have enhanced the quality of the book in a manner that the written word could never hope to achieve.

Enjoy the read and the beautiful images of County Mayo! We are Mayo!

Table of Contents:

  • Section 1: Geography
    • Ch. 2: Mountains
    • Ch. 3: Islands
    • Ch. 4: Rivers
    • Ch. 5: Lakes
  • Section 2: Infrastructure
    • Ch. 6: Lighthouses
    • Ch. 7: Ireland West Airport Knock
    • Ch. 8: Great Western Greenway
    • Ch. 9: The Ceide Fields
    • Ch. 10: The Corrib Gas Field
    • Ch. 11: Mayo Newspapers
    • Ch. 12: MidWest Radio
  • Section 3: History
    • Ch. 13: Roman, Viking, Norman and Monastic Influences on Mayo
    • Ch. 14: The Children of Lir
    • Ch. 15: The Spanish Armada and Mayo
    • Ch. 16: Big Houses
    • Ch. 17: War and the Year of the French
    • Ch. 18: Famine and the road to Delphi
    • Ch. 19: Michael Davitt and the Land League
  • Section 4: People and Places
    • Ch. 20: Foxford Woollen Mills, Mother Agnes and the Moy River
    • Ch. 21: Louis Brennan – Torpedo Man
    • Ch. 22: Harry Clarke Windows
    • Ch. 23: Cong and The Quiet Man
    • Ch. 24: Ashford Castle
    • Ch. 25: Sean Freyne
    • Ch. 26: Margaret Burke-Sheridan (Maggie from Mayo)
    • Ch. 27: Martin Sheridan – Mayo’s Famous Olympian
    • Ch. 28: Admiral William Brown – Argentine Hero
    • Ch. 29: Knock Shrine
    • Ch. 30: Rosary Priest – Fr. Patrick Peyton
    • Ch. 31: Famous People with Mayo Connections
  • Section 5: Sport
    • Ch. 32: Mayo Gaelic Football Legends
    • Ch. 33: Current GAA Stars
    • Ch. 34: Sporting Rivalry and Mayo Border Towns
    • Ch. 35: Tom Langan, Ronan O’Gara – Mayo Connections
    • Ch. 36: Soccer in Mayo
    • Ch. 37: Rugby in Mayo
    • Ch. 38: Golf in Mayo
    • Ch. 39: Horse Racing in Mayo
  • Section 6: Music, Song and Mayo’s Dark Skies
    • Ch. 40: Mise Raifteiri, An File
    • Ch. 41: Lyrics of Some Mayo Songs
    • Ch. 42: When Darkness Falls