Ionad Deirbhle Visitor Centre in Blacksod

Ionad Deirbhle Visitor Centre is located in Blacksod (county of Mayo)

Address: Eachleim, Blacksod

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Phone: 097 85727

The centre gives the visitor a valuable insight into the lifestyle of this area in times past. (Erris, Belmullet / Béal an Mhuirthead, Eachléim, Blacksod / Fód Dubh) In addition to an exhibition area, facilities include a coffee shop and toilets to cater for visitors and the building is wheelchair friendly. The centre houses a wealth of information relating to local folklore, archaeology, local history and an account of a former way of life for instance currach fishing, construction of old houses native to this area etc. This information is presented in both Irish and English. A unique feature of the building, which immediately catches the eye, is a 10 ft. high stain- glassed window which illustrates the story of St. Deirbhile, after whom the centre is named. This is a replica of a window found in the Pre-Norman church at Fál Mór. Central to the building is a stone fireplace and chimney breast which dates back to 1840/1860. The external walls are composed of local granite from Fál Mór, and the overall plan of the building emulates that of the traditional type of house found on the Inis Geidh Islands.


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