Mayo

County Mayo is located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Connacht. The County has 3 large towns and is well serviced by a good and improving road network, rail and bus service and Knock International Airport.

Agriculture is still the principal source of employment in County Mayo. Manufacturing and engineering are the two main industries from precision tool and farm equipment production to pharmaceuticals with multinational companies. Tourism represents the major service industry in the county.

The Mayo Gaeltacht is located mainly in the western half of the county and comprises three separate areas of Tourmakeady, parts of Achill Island and the Erris Peninsula.

Mayo Gaeltacht Facts

  • County Mayo is located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Connacht and has a population of 130,638 (Census 2011). County Mayo saw a population growth of 5.5 per cent in the period 2006-2011. Over 30% of the population is under 25-years-old;
  • The County has three large towns and is well serviced by a good and improving road network, rail and bus service and Ireland West Airport Knock. Knock Airport has expanded rapidly in the past few years and is serving an ever-growing range of destinations to the UK, Europe and beyond. Mayo has a strong industrial base comprising both successful home grown enterprises and some of Ireland’s most significant multinational companies;
  • The Mayo Gaeltacht has a total population of 10,886 (Census 2011) and represents 10.8% of the total Gaeltacht population;
  • The Mayo Gaeltacht encompasses a geographical area of 905km2. This represents 19% of the total Gaeltacht land area and comprises of three distinct areas – Iorrais, Acaill and Tuar Mhic Éadaigh;
  • Béal an Mhuirthead is the main town in the Mayo Gaeltacht and is located 72km from Ballina, 80km from Castlebar and 110km from Knock International Airport;
  • At the end of 2011 there were over 675 people employed in a full time capacity in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies in the Mayo Gaeltacht.

Local Industries/Enterprises

Údarás na Gaeltachta have selectively targeted certain areas of industry, in particular those which produce sophisticated and high value added products and services. These offer the best growth potential and the best prospects of generating long term sustainable employment.

Economic activities in the Mayo Gaeltacht include information and communications technology, engineering, food supplements , electronics, marinebased natural resources, medical research facilities, rubber manufacturing, environmental products internationally traded services, including, call centres and shared services centres. Facilities such as Incubation and Enterprise Units as well as an Innovation Centre are available to facilitate enterprise development.

Transportation Systems

The N59 National Primary Road, served by the R313, is within 12 miles of Béal an Mhuirthead.

Distance from Béal an Mhuirthead to:

  • Knock International Airport 60m/96km
  • Shannon Airport 150m/240km
  • Ballina Rail Terminus 35m/56km
  • Galway 100m/160km
  • Castlebar 50m/80km

Distance from Achill to :

  • Knock International Airport 60m/96km
  • Shannon Airport 150m/240km
  • Westport Rail Terminus 35m/56km
  • Galway 100m/160km
  • Castlebar 50m/80km

Distance from Tuar Mhic Éadaigh to:

  • Knock International Airport 60m/96km
  • Shannon Airport 150m/240km
  • Westport Rail Terminus 35m/56km
  • Galway 100m/160km
  • Castlebar 50m/80km

Air services

Ireland West Airport Knock
You can fly to Mayo from Dublin, the UK and continental Europe. Further information: www.knockairport.com

Rail and bus service

All parts of the Mayo Gaeltacht are easily accessible from Dublin, Belfast, Galway and Sligo and all other major cities and towns throughout Ireland. There are several daily train services to and from the Mayo towns.

Further information visit: www.irishrail.ie and www.buseireann.ie

Medical Services in County Mayo

  • Mayo General Hospital
  • Belmullet District Hospital
  • Ballina District Hospital
  • Swinford District Hospital

Education in the Gaeltacht

  • Pre-Schools: 5
  • Primary Schools: 25
  • Secondary Schools: 4

Third Level Education

Training for Industry

SOLAS provide career advice and guidance including information on job and training opportunities as well as temporary employment options.

Recreational Facilities

County Mayo offers everything you could ask for in terms of recreation and amenities. A natural playground for golf, equestrian, walking, angling, fishing, water sports, arts and crafts and cycling enthusiasts. Further information:
www.irelandwest.ie/
www.discoverireland.com

Telecommunications services

Advanced telecommunications services are critical for the attraction of direct investment, for the development of indigenous industry and the promotion of the knowledge economy.

The Gaeltacht regions are fully integrated into Eircom’s National Fibre Network with access to all high speed and advanced services. Broadband availability is comparable with all other rural regions in Ireland and the EU with at least 62 per cent of lines being DSL enabled. In addition wireless based broadband services are available in many regions offering competitive options to companies and the community.