Exploring Mayo book has a second edition

Posted in Connect on December 12, 2018.


The second edition of Exploring Mayo by Bernard O’Hara has been published within a year of its original launch. This lavishly illustrated book, with an excellent Ordnance Survey map, provides a wonderful appreciation of Co Mayo’s rich archaeological, historical, religious and architectural heritage as well as a guide to the attractions of its various regions. After an introduction covering landscape, baronies, parishes and various leisure and cultural attractions, the book has a chapter on the archaeological and historical heritage of the county. This is followed by chapters dealing with eight tours of the county, with an outline history of each town, museum, heritage centre, and placing various attractions in their historical context.

In addition, many daughters and sons like Mary Robinson, Grace O’Malley, Agnes Morrogh-Bernard, Michael Davitt, Anthony Raftery and Monsignor James Horan are profiled. This book has been scribed by Maureen Murphy, secretary of Killasser/Callow Heritage Society, as “wonderful”, “terrific” and “stunning”. It has also been described as ‘the go too book for information on County Mayo’. James Laffey, editor of the Western People, has described it as “an encyclopaedia of all things Mayo”.
Peadar O’Dowd in the Galway City Tribune wrote: “modern maps, not to mention satnavs, all pale into insignificance if you travel to Mayo with Bernard’s book beside you”. Mayo-born Professor Des MacHale, of University College Cork, stated: “Exploring Mayo is magnificent, a veritable tour de force, it really deserves to be a bestseller.” The book is published by Killasser/Callow Heritage Society, which recently published another excellent book, All Saints Church, Killasser 1868- 2018: A Parish and its People, edited by Micheál Murphy. Both books are available in all local bookshops and are perfect Christmas presents.

The Mayo News, December 11th 2018

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