Dooriel in Ballycroy in Co. Mayo

Dooriel - In the western side of the parish along the coast of Blacksod Bay, its name means Friel's Sandy Bank, that surname being in Ballycroy then.

It contains 1,174 acres, contains a beautiful safe beach and is adjacent to Fahy Lake - which is famous for its wild life.

During the Griffith valuation there were 37 occupied houses in this village, the chief landlord being Rev. Archer Clive. Householders then were as follows: Anthony Sweeney (Manus), Manus Sweeney, John Sweeney, Edmond Sweeney, Bridget Maguire (Brian), James Maguire, Anthony Maguire, Martin Campbell, Patrick Brogan, Sibby Cafferkey, John Diver, Anthony Finn, James Finn, Bridget Campbell, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Maguire (Brian), James Maguire (Tom), Dominick King, Michael King, Anthony McGinty, Michael Leneghan, Anne McGuire, Brian Calvey, Thos. Maguire (Tom), Catherine Cafferkey, Terence Doran, Anthony Sweeney (Ned), Francis Hare, Honoria Cooney, Anthony McManamon, John Cormack, Catherine Sweeney, Mary Cormack.

The Sweeney family from this village gave long years of dedicated teaching service in nearby Drumslide school and others. Apparently, with the arrival of the Northern families, this part of Ballycroy was allotted to the Friel family from whom it gets its name. One Maurice Friel with Edmond Cleary had possession of a very ancient relic, namely the Cathach, a copy of the psalms compiled by St. Colmcille and carried by the O'Donnells into many battles.

This precious item was shown by them in many parts of Ireland until finally it found its way to the National Museum where it is now held.

written by Martin Costello, NT