The Mayo coastal villages of Doohoma and Geesala were important trading sea ports in the late 18th and early 19th century. During this period, building materials were shipped into Mayo en route to the larger influential towns of Westport and Castlebar.
The Great Famine which hit Ireland during the 19th century, inflicted a large reduction of the population of the area as food supplies dwindled dramatically. The years after the famine were tough on the area, but greater accessability was improved to Doohoma and Geesala during the 20th century.
Throughout it’s history, this part of Mayo has had a long history with the sea and continues to attract fishermen and water enthusiasts from around the world. The local beaches in both Geesala and Doohoma have being utilised for sporting occasions and the annual strand races in Geesala provide unique entertainment due to the stunning location of the venue.
Listed below are artilces of historical importance about this part of Mayo. Click on the links for further information.