The Heart of the West
in County Mayo in the West of Ireland
Claremorris born 'Ballad Queen' Delia Murphy was celebrated on June 29/30, 2013.
"I Fell Madly in Love with Clare Morris"
Claremorris Welcomes You
McMahon Park / Clare Lake
Lying midway between Galway and Sligo on the N17 and nestled in central Connaught, the small town of Claremorris is the hub of the West, in the heart of beautiful Mayo. A beautiful town steeped in history with a totally unspoilt environment and a relaxed way of life. Looking westwards, Croagh Patrick can be seen in the distance, giving the false impression of flatness around Claremorris when, in fact it is an area of rolling drumlins, eskers, woods and impressive lakes.
A taste of Claremorris
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Infrastructure in and around Claremorris is strong, with a good road network, sitting as it does at the junction of the N17 and the N60. It is well serviced by buses and trains, lying on the main rail line from Dublin to Westport, and Knock Airport is just a 20-minute drive.
Educational facilities in Claremorris are excellent. There is a varied choice of pre-school facilities and there are 2 primary schools in the town - Muire Gan Smal Convent National School and the Boys National School.
At secondary level there are two schools, St. Colman's College for boys and Mount St. Michael's for girls, both with approx 400 pupils each. There are two centres of third level education within easy reach - the Galway-Mayo Institutes of Technology are only 20 minutes away in Castlebar and only 35 miles away in Galway.
The town's largest employer is Delta Dental, a US company located in Claremorris since 1999, which processes dental insurance claims. Other employers include CBE Ltd., Connacht Mushrooms, Conradty (a German manufacturer of car components) and Cosmetic Creations. Eircom also has a depot in Claremorris and the service industry is well represented in the town, with three motor dealers, three hotels and a variety of cafes and restaurants. Indigenous companies in the area tend to be small to medium businesses and trades.
Google Earth view of Claremorris, January 2008.
Claremorris has a magical mixture of natural amenities, leisure facilities and is perfectly positioned to lend itself to a happy carefree family holiday with numerous attractions.
Attractions include the McMahon Park, with walks and picnic areas, Clare Lake, fishing in Lough Carra and Lough Mask and the famous Marian Shrine in Knock, which sees hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
The town also hosts the Claremorris Open Art Exhibition (COE) and annual Drama and Summer Festivals.
A strong community spirit prevails in Claremorris making it a very vibrant, very progressive community and a thriving market town with a strong tradition of farming, situated as it is in rich agricultural hinterland.
Céad Míle Fáilte
With a leisurely pace of life and distinct cultural tradition, the real appeal of Claremorris is its people. Wherever you go in Claremorris you will find a Céad Míle Fáilte in the hearts and on the lips of everyone you meet. Their courtesy and hospitality will captivate you and draw you back year after year.
Population from Census
- 2,595 (2006)
- 2,101 (2002)
- 1,914 (1996)
- Rural hinterland 10,000