Thursday, May 5, 2016
VISITING WESTPORT IN COUNTY MAYO
In 2012, my husband and I visited Westport for just a few hours. We stopped there on our way back from Castlebar and Islandeady to Galway. We ate some lunch and did a little shopping. I thought it was a darling town and decided then that I needed to return some day to do more exploration. So, of course when planning our latest trip a stop in Westport was a no-brainer!
Westport (or in Irish "Cathair na Mart") is located on the southeast corner of Clew Bay. Croagh Patrick is just ten kilometers west of the town. One of the main things that I love about Westport is that the Carrowbeg River runs through the town, surrounded by low stones walls with hanging baskets of flowers from the walls and the bridges.
We visited St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westport. The original church was built in 1831 in a neo-Gothic style. However, the congregation became too big for the church so the present day church was built in two phases in 1928 and 1958.
Spending just the afternoon in Westport was not long enough, so we decided to return the next day to tour the Westport House.