Doona in Ballycroy in Co. Mayo

Doona - In the North-West side of the parish - got its name from the Fort at the Ford or some variation of Fort.

It contains 1,213 acres and when valued by Griffith there were 64 occupied houses, the families being John Daly, Anthony Leneghan (Lacky), Andrew Leneghan (Rose), Dan McManamon (Ned), Mary Doherty, John Leneghan (Big), Philip Keane, John Leneghan (Rose), Phelim McManamon (Neal), John Keane, Francis O'Boyle, Michael O'Boyle, Anne O'Boyle, Catherine Sheeran, Daniel Corrigan, Anthony Leneghan (Black), Manus Keane, Malachy Leneghan, Patrick Leneghan (Patt), Michael Leneghan, Andrew Leneghan (Patt), James Bradley, Hugh McIntyre, Francis Leneghan, Patrick Leneghan (Black), Francis Leneghan (Anthony), Anthony Leneghan (Patt), Patrick McManamon, Phelim McManamon (Daniel), Daniel McManamon, Patrick O'Donnell, John McManamon, John Leneghan (Little), Michael Campbell, Mary Gallagher, Patrick Murray, Hugh Deane, Manus Sweeney, Owen Gruddy, John Sweeney, Owen Campbell, James Murray, Patrick Cafferkey, Peter Reilly, Martin Cafferkey, William Togher, Thomas Reilly, Thomas Bradshaw, Owen Cafferkey, Bridget O,Boyle, Brian McManamon, Anthony Keane, Joseph Leneghan (senior), Michael Dugher, John Cafferkey, Joseph O'Hora, Michael O'Hora (senior), Michael O'Hora Jnr., Joseph Leneghan Jnr., Anthony Cafferkey, Patrick Carey, James Cleary, Michael O'Hora (Grey), Mary Sweeney.

In addition the following had land - Francis Cormack, Martin Cleary and Constantine Cleary, while Rev. Archer Clive had a lease of part of Fahy Lake and was also the landlord then. This village stretches from Fahy almost to Shranamonragh Bridge and includes the smaller villages of Creggane (a place of rocks/stones), and Blenkeragh (inlet for sheep).

There is a beautiful beach here adjacent to the Sandy Banks - at the end of which was once the main access route to Erris and Doohoma by ferry across the channel to Tulaghaun. This level plain beside the Sandy Banks was a venue for horse racing up until the early part of this century.

It was off this coast that the Armada ship, 'La Rata Encondorada', captained by De Leyva - was grounded in 1588 and set ablaze before being abandoned. The survivors sheltered at nearby Fahy Castle before travelling on foot to Doolough Castle and later to Donegal by the ship 'Santa Anra'.

This was also shipwrecked and they were forced to cram into a smaller vessel known as 'Girona', which was also lost off the Antrim coast with little or no survivors. The remains of this ship was sighted many years ago but there remains no trace nowadays as it is covered in sand. The word Doona gave its name to Maxwell's novel, known as the "Dark Lady of Doona".

written by Martin Costello, NT