The largest town in Mayo is Ballina, an angling centre on the River Moy. The Moy is excellent for salmon and trout and nearby Lough Conn has equally good fishing; golf (9) and hunting are other attractions.
The original settlement at Ballina was at Ardnaree, on the east side of the river. This site is marked by the ruins of a 14th century Augustinian friary, dwarfed by the Victorian cathedral of St Muredach. In the 18th century Ballina developed on the west side of the river and it today, a thriving industrial and commercial town.
Near Ballina's railway station is the dolmen of the Four Maols, three large rocks, capped by a massive boulder, a tombstone dating from the bronze age.
The legend surrounding the rocks is from the early christian era. Four Foster brothers, named Maol, murdered their master Ceallach, a 6th century bishop, whose death was avenged by his own brother. The four were hanged, and supposedly buried there.
Select another location in Mayo: