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Maigh Eo
Mayo Abbey in December 2010
Mayo Abbey in December 2010
Mayo is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°45′44″N 9°07′12″W / 53.7622°N 9.1200°W / 53.7622; -9.1200Coordinates: 53°45′44″N 9°07′12″W / 53.7622°N 9.1200°W / 53.7622; -9.1200
CountyCounty Mayo
72 m (236 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceM262796

Mayo or Mayo Abbey (Irish: Maigh Eo, meaning 'plain of the yew trees')[1] is a village in County Mayo, Ireland. Although it bears the same name as the county, it is not the county seat, which is Castlebar. Mayo Abbey is a small historic village in south Mayo approximately 16 km to the south of Castlebar and 10 km north west of Claremorris.


The village was an important centre in the Gaelic and Anglo-Saxon Christian world in the seventh and eighth centuries. St. Colmán, Bishop of Lindisfarne, founded a monastery here for a group of Saxon monks, called the School of Mayo. Saint Gerald became its first abbot in 670. Danish raiders attacked the monastery in 783 and again in 805.[2] Finally Turgesius completely destroyed it in 818 [2]

The village was the centre of the diocese of Mayo from 1152. It was suppressed in the thirteenth century.[3] Bishops were appointed, however, as late as the sixteenth century.[3] One of its bishops, Patrick O'Hely, who died in 1589, is numbered among the Irish martyr saints.[3] The diocese was formally joined to Tuam by papal decree in 1631.[3]


The BBC four-part documentary Amongst Women was filmed in Mayo Abbey using the Old Catholic Church, the graveyard and the post office/shop.


Mayo Gaels is the local Gaelic football team. They compete at all underage levels as well as senior and junior football. [4]

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See also


  1. ^ "Maigh Eo/Mayo". Placenames Database of Ireland ( Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b The Heritage of Mayo by Áine Ní Cheanáinn 3rd edition 1988, page 94
  3. ^ a b c d Catholic Archdiocese of Tuam history site
  4. ^ "Mayo Gaels GAA". Retrieved 21 January 2022.