Islandeady

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Islandeady
Oileán Éadaígh
—  Village  —
St. Patrick's church, Islandeady
Motto: Ar Aghaidh Le Chéile
Islandeady is located in Ireland
Islandeady
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°49′00″N 9°24′00″W / 53.8166667°N 9.4000°W / 53.8166667; -9.4000Coordinates: 53°49′00″N 9°24′00″W / 53.8166667°N 9.4000°W / 53.8166667; -9.4000
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyCounty Mayo
Area
 • Village42.02 km2 (16.22 sq mi)
Elevation57 m (187 ft)
Population (2003)
 • Urban1,550
 • Rural-
Irish Grid ReferenceM092879
 
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Islandeady
Oileán Éadaígh
—  Village  —
St. Patrick's church, Islandeady
Motto: Ar Aghaidh Le Chéile
Islandeady is located in Ireland
Islandeady
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°49′00″N 9°24′00″W / 53.8166667°N 9.4000°W / 53.8166667; -9.4000Coordinates: 53°49′00″N 9°24′00″W / 53.8166667°N 9.4000°W / 53.8166667; -9.4000
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyCounty Mayo
Area
 • Village42.02 km2 (16.22 sq mi)
Elevation57 m (187 ft)
Population (2003)
 • Urban1,550
 • Rural-
Irish Grid ReferenceM092879

Islandeady (Irish: Oileán Éadaí) is a village in County Mayo, Ireland, about halfway between the towns of Castlebar and Westport.

The parish of Islandeady meets Castlebar to the east, Westport and Newport to the west, and Aughagower and Killawalla to the south. There is a view of Croagh Patrick to the west and Nephin to the northeast. The main route by road is the N5. The parish has four national schools and a private secondary school.

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History

The name Islandeady or Oiléan Éadaígh is arguably derived from the 13th Century Saint Eiden who founded a church in the hillside cemetery. Islandeady townland was historically called Illaneedan.[1] Tradition says that St.Patrick, on his way to Croagh Patrick, visited Raheens. Also it is noted that Islandeady would have belonged to the 'Patrician lands of Connacht'. The date given by historians to St.Patrick's missionary work in Islandeady is 440 A.D., where he preached on the shores of a lake in the peaceful little parish. Today the modern village lies within the townlands of Rinnaseer and Cloonan.

Geography

Islandeady boasts many kinds of land, fertile plains, bog, marsh, moor land, mountain rock and stony soil. Lakes and rivers are abound in number and variety. The main lakes are Bilberry and Lough Lannagh, but there are many lesser known ones too.

Sport

Boxer Ray Moylette, light welterweight gold medallist at the 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships, is from Islandeady.

GAA

Fishing

Education

National Schools:

Secondary Schools:

Transport

Business

Islandeady had a shop beside the church.But it closed in the late 80's/early 90's. A shop is running behind the church, dealing embroidery kits and sewing. It is called "Celtic Cross Stitch". There is also B&B beside the GAA pitch.

See also

References

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)

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