Belcarra Visitor's Guide in Co. Mayo

Pretty Belcarra nestles at the foot of a wooded drumlin, a physical remnant of the last ice age.

The village is a regular Tidy Towns prizewinner and is attractively signposted throughout. Walshpool Lough and Cloonaugh Lake set in the rolling hills offers plenty of opportunity for fishing.

Traditional horse drawn caravans are available for hire locally and the quiet roads lend themselves perfectly to a relaxing holiday. Locals and visitors enjoy traditional music sessions every Sunday evening all year round.

Heritage Centre

Belcarra Community Co-Op Ltd have restored a derelict cottage at Elmhall and furnished it as a Heritage Centre. The house was the scene of the last eviction in Belcarra, where a family of nine (namely Walshs) were evicted by the Landlord's agents, the infamous Gardiner, Pringle and Cuff on Saturday October the 2nd 1886. The nine members of the Walsh family were left homeless and destitute, but community spirit, always strong in the area, prevailed and a small house (tigin) was built by their neighbours to house them.

The Co-Op have also restored the 'tigin' which is a single room built by the neighbours to house the evicted family. Great care was taken to have the cottage as authentic as possible. Most of the work was carried out by the local Fás Scheme and fundraising for materials was done by the local community.

Work commenced on the project in April 1997 and was completed in March 1999 and a Gala opening ceremony was performed by Mayo Man of the Year Paddy McGuinness. The Eviction scene was re-enacted on the day. TD's, Councillors, Officials from Mayo County Council, FAS, Leader and representatives from the Tochar Valley were in attendance.

For more information visit  Belcarra Eviction Cottage.