Nestled in central Connaught the town of Claremorris (Irish: Clár Chlainne Mhuiris, ‘the plain of Clann Mhuiris’) is situated midway between Galway and Sligo in the heart of beautiful Co. Mayo. The town derived its name from Maurice de Prendergast, a Norman who came to Ireland in 1169.
Claremorris is a vibrant and thriving town steeped in history and benefits greatly from its agricultural hinterland and very central location in the province of Connaught. Claremorris is an area of rolling drumlins, eskers, woods and impressive lakes. Westwards from Claremorris, looking over a totally unspoilt environment, Croagh Patrick can be seen in the distance.
Situated as it is at the junction of the N17 and the N60, the town of Claremorris has a strong infrastructure with a good road network, and in recent times it has become a popular commuter town for both Galway and Castlebar. It is well serviced by buses and trains, lying on the main rail line from Dublin to Westport, and Ireland West Airport Knock is just a 20-minute drive.
Wherever you go in Claremorris you will find a Céad Míle Fáilte on the lips of everyone you meet. Their hospitality and friendliness will draw you back time after time.
A strong community spirit prevails in Claremorris making it a very vibrant, very progressive community with an ample mixture of natural amenities and leisure facilities and Claremorris is a perfect base for a carefree family holiday with numerous attractions.
Attractions include the new Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre, McMahon Park, with walks and picnic areas, Clare Lake, fishing in Lough Carra and Lough Mask and the famous Marian Shrine in nearby Knock.
Claremorris hosts annual Drama and Summer Festivals and the widely recognised Claremorris Open Art Exhibition (COE).
Educational facilities in Claremorris are excellent. There is a varied choice of pre-school facilities and there are 2 primary schools within the environs of the town - Muire Gan Smal Convent National School and the Boys National School - as well as a selection of primary schools in the hinterland.
For secondary education there are two schools, St. Colman's College for boys and Mount St. Michael's for girls, both with approx 400 pupils each. Third level facilities are easily accessible with the Galway-Mayo Institutes of Technology only 20 minutes away in Castlebar and only 35 miles away in Galway.
Find the "Claremorris Parish Newsletter" on Mayo on the Move the website's section dedicated to the living Mayo.