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Gaoth Sáile
John Millington Synge bar (now closed) in Geesala
John Millington Synge bar (now closed) in Geesala
Gweesalia is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°06′45″N 9°53′57″W / 54.11250°N 9.89917°W / 54.11250; -9.89917Coordinates: 54°06′45″N 9°53′57″W / 54.11250°N 9.89917°W / 54.11250; -9.89917
CountyCounty Mayo

Gweesalia or Geesala (Irish: Gaoth Sáile)[1] is a small village in the barony of Erris in the west of County Mayo, Ireland. The village has a national school, a community centre that contains a cafe and boxing club, two general stores, a post office, St Colmcille's Catholic Church, and one pub.[citation needed]


On Saturdays only Bus Éireann route 446 links Gweesalia with Blacksod and Ballina.[2] Onward bus and rail connections are available at Ballina.[citation needed]


Each summer there is a festival which runs between the second and third weeks in August, which includes point-to-point beach racing on Doolough beach.[citation needed]

Geesala is also the setting for John Millington Synge's seminal Irish play, The Playboy of the Western World.


Geesala National School has won a number of county titles in Gaelic football and is well represented at minor, U-21 and senior levels.[citation needed]

Geesala Boxing Club has produced boxers such as Henry Coyle and Jimmy Monaghan, with some of its students achieving world titles in lightweight and bantamweight divisions.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "Gaoth Sáile / Gweesalia". Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Bus Éireann - Timetable - Route 446" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.