Áras Inis Gluaire is Ireland’s only bilingual arts centre, situated in Belmullet town. It is named after Inis Gluaire (Inishglora) off the coast of Erris. Legend says that the Children of Lir spent their final 300 years there and are buried on the island.
Áras Inis Gluaire is a place that is full of stories – not to be missed!
Escape to Ballycroy National Park, which was established in November 1998 and is Ireland’s sixth National Park. It comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt landscape dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.
Inside the visitor centre, you’ll discover an exhibition space that explores the history, heritage and stories of the local area, as well as aspects of the surrounding environment and wildlife.
Experience the wonder of exploring nature’s larder – enjoy a wild foraging workshop with Gaol Siar on the shores of Erris.Barbara Heneghan of Gaol Siar offers guided tours and heritage & cultural events in both English and Irish – bringing together the land, the sea and the spirit of Erris. Barbara can guide you around many of the historic places of Erris, including Blacksod, Inver, Ceathrú Thaidhg and Erris Head. Gaol Siar also provides a genealogy service and has connected dozens of people to their relations here, and to their ancestors’ place.
Enjoy a cupán tae (cup of tea) whilst being surrounded by history at Ionad Deirbhile. The bilingual centre houses a wealth of information relating to local folklore, archaeology and local history. A unique feature of the building, which immediately catches the eye, is a 10ft high stained- glassed window which illustrates the story of St. Deirbhile, after whom the centre is named.
The discovery of what is now known as Céide Fields really began back in the 1930s when a local schoolteacher, Patrick Caulfield from Belderrig, often noticed piles of stones in the bottom of the blanket bog when cutting his turf. To everybody else, these were meaningless but he realised two very important points - firstly, the way the stones were piled up couldn't be natural so somebody had to put them there, and secondly, because they were down underneath the peat they had to be put there prior to the growth of the bog and so must be very ancient.
The visitor centre at the Céide Fields not only presents the archaeology of the site but also the botany, bogs and geology of the area. It is located beside spectacular 370ft high cliffs.
Turas Siar is an Irish Language and Culture centre. Pap and Kathryn Murphy provide a local history service and a genealogy service through the medium of the Irish language and their centre contains a wealth of authentic information and items in relation to the people and the places of Erris in times past. A wonderful place that is full of stories.
Teach Greannaí is a community centre in Cornboy where you can enjoy a cup of tea & a snack, and chat with one of their dedicated staff. They can tell you stories about the local area, about the culture and the history, and point you in the direction of local points of interest.
Ionad Deirbhile is a visitor centre in Eachléim that gives a valuable insight into the lifestyle of the Erris region in times past. The centre houses a number of interesting historical artefacts and curiosities, and a wealth of information relating to local folklore, stories, myths, archaeology and local history. This information is presented in both Irish and English. A unique feature of the building, which immediately catches the eye, is a 10ft high stained-glass window, which illustrates the story of St. Deirbhile, after whom the centre is named. This is a replica of a window found in the Pre-Norman church at Fál Mór. Amongst the exhibitions at Ionad Deirbhile, you will find a large collection of information in relation to the assisted emigration scheme by James Hack Tuke. In 1883 and 1884, 11 ships embarked on 15 voyages from Blacksod Bay, bringing over 3,300 Irish emigrants to a new life in the USA and in Canada. The staff at Ionad Deirbhile have created an online database to allow people to search for their ancestors’ names in the passenger lists. A visit to Ionad Deirbhile is inspiring and informative – not to be missed!