Historic Surroundings, Bangor in Co. Mayo

Bangor is surrounded by places of great historic interest, Carramore Lake to the north of the village, is one of the three oldest lakes in Ireland. It is situated to the north of Bangor Erris, and extends to Barnatra, a distance of about seven miles.

According to local legends and folk tales, magical creatures haunt the road between Bangor Erris and Ballycroy. Sometimes a phantom dog appears, as does a white cow, to warn people of imminent death. In the area, it is said water horses spook local lakes. Sometimes they come ashore and try to get people to jump on their back and take them off into the water afterwards.

About a mile west of Bangor, are three huge stone forts, said to be built by the "Tuatha De Danann". One of them is situated in the townland of Shramore and the other two are on the south side of the river convenient to "Ros na gCleireach".

Northwest is the historic townland of Rathmorgan, the scene of 'Táin Bó Fliadhais', where Queen Meadh and her army succeeded in killing Oilill Finn, releasing Fergus Mac Roigh and carrying away Fliadhas Foit Chearn and the hornless cow after demolishing the Dun. The remains of Dun Fliadhais are visible from the public road to the north - east of Rathmorgan school.

Fliadhais was married to Oilill Finn, son of Domhnall Dual Bhuidhe, the "High King of the West of Elga" who lived at Dun Domhnall near Glencastle.

When Domhnal Dual Bhuidhe heard of the raid and of the death of his son he collected his forces, went in hot pursuit and overtook Meadh's army at Barooskey, north-east of Bangor and a fierce battle ensued.

It is said that Domhnall was slain by Fergus Mac Roigh at Tamhnaigh Leacht Fhearguis. On that occasion "Amadán Mór Barooskey" came into action.

West of Bangor is the old church called ' Cill tSeadna', which is said to date from the seventh century, and from which the parish derives it's name - Kiltane.

About two miles north-east of Bangor is a place called "Buaile" where in olden times the people inside the Mullet used to come with their cattle in Summertime to graze them and to the south is "Buaile Lar" midway between the Buaile north-east of Bangor, and another Buaile near Mallaranny.

Put together by the 5th & 6th class pupils of Bangor National School.

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