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Eachléim
Village
Eachléim Heritage Centre
Eachléim
Eachléim
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°06′57″N 10°06′08″W / 54.1158°N 10.1022°W / 54.1158; -10.1022Coordinates: 54°06′57″N 10°06′08″W / 54.1158°N 10.1022°W / 54.1158; -10.1022
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyCounty Mayo
Elevation
1 m (3 ft)
Irish Grid ReferenceF625205
Eachléim is the only official name. The anglicized spellings Aughleam and Aghleam have no official status.

Eachléim (sometimes anglicized as Aughleam or Aghleam)[1] is a Gaeltacht village and townland in County Mayo, Ireland. It lies on the Mullet Peninsula in Erris, on the R313 regional road. It has a total area of 2.96 km². Its name derives from Irish Each (horse) and Léim (leap), as local folklore has it a horse leapt from the east of the townland to the west, marking out its borders.

Heritage sites

The village's heritage centre, Ionad Deirbhile, aims to give visitors an insight into the lifestyle of the Mullet Peninsula in the past. Also included is information on St. Deirbhile whose relics can be seen in the surrounding area. The heritage centre has locally gathered research history materials, which visitors can use to research local history and archaeology, island life and the Legend of the Children of Lir.[2] While the heritage centre is relatively newly built, it was built to suit the area in the form of a traditional cottage.[citation needed] A 10-foot stained glass window illustrating the story of St. Deirbhile is a feature of the centre. It is a replica of the window found in the pre-Norman Church as Falmore.[citation needed]

The sixth-century St. Deirbhile's Church is situated on the peninsula. St Deirbhile's well, a short distance away, is a holy well.

See also

References

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ "Ionad Deirbhle Heritage Centre, Aughleam, Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland". www.museumsofmayo.com. Retrieved 21 July 2021.