An Baile Gaelach
Main street of Irishtown
Main street of Irishtown
Irishtown is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°39′46″N 08°53′20″W / 53.66278°N 8.88889°W / 53.66278; -8.88889Coordinates: 53°39′46″N 08°53′20″W / 53.66278°N 8.88889°W / 53.66278; -8.88889
CountyCounty Mayo
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Irishtown (Irish: An Baile Gaelach)[2] is a village in County Mayo, Ireland, located on the southern county border with County Galway about halfway between Claremorris and Tuam on the R328 regional road. Irishtown is in the Civil Parish of Crossboyne, Barony of Clanmorris and the Catholic Diocese of Tuam. It is sometimes referred to as 'The Cradle of the Land League' due to its connections with the founding of the Irish National Land League.[3]

Irishtown was designated as a census town by the Central Statistics Office for the first time in the 2016 census,[4] at which time it had a population of 129 people.[1]

Land League

Local tenant farmers were threatened with eviction from their holdings on the estate of the local parish priest, The Very Rev. Geoffrey Canon Burke, and in response a meeting took place on 20 April 1879 that brought about a reversal of the potential evictions as well as a 20 percent reduction in rent. The meeting was the genesis of what would later that year become the Land League.[5]

Amenities and sport

There are several facilities situated in the village, including the national (primary) school, community centre, church, corner shop, one pub, playground and playing fields, the former being renovated in 2010.[citation needed] The primary school, Irishtown National School, had an enrollment of over 60 children as of 2021.[6]

Gaelic football is the predominant sport in the area. In 1973, Irishtown and its neighbouring village, Ballindine, amalgamated to form Davitts GAA club. The club won two Mayo Intermediate titles in 1981 and 2011, and were crowned Connacht Intermediate Football Champions in 2011.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Irishtown (Ireland) Census Town". Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  2. ^ "An Baile Gaelach/Irishtown". Placenames Database of Ireland ( Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Irishtown, Crossboyne Civil Parish". 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Census of Population 2016 - Profile 2 Population Distribution and Movement". Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 26 June 2021. 26 new census towns were created for the 2016 Census [..including..] Irishtown
  5. ^ Berresford Ellis, Peter (2007). Eyewitness to Irish History. John Wiley and Sons. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-470-05312-6.
  6. ^ "Directory Page - Irishtown N S". Department of Education. 7 July 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  7. ^ "About the club". Retrieved 12 September 2021. Mayo Inter Championship Winners 1981, 2011 [..] Connacht Intermediate Championship Winners 2011