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We are Mayo


We are Mayo seeks to reach out to all Mayo people – those living not only in Ireland and Britain but also to the very large, worldwide Mayo diaspora who for various reasons now live their lives in places far away from County Mayo and the country of their birth and youth.


‘We are Mayo’ exists because it reflects that common bond that exists between all Mayo people, what helps unite us in good days and bad days, something that hopefully will never leave us. 


Ireland’s First Lady, Sabina Higgins, has provided a fitting foreword to the book reflecting on her own childhood and adolescence in the Ballindine area of south Mayo. Being from a similar generation, the authors can relate to everything she has written – it is a lovely encapsulation of the days of our Mayo youth.


‘We are Mayo’  is a high quality photographic and written record of the many facets of our beautiful county that demands a special place in the bookcases of not just family homes but also in local libraries, hotels, guest-houses, pubs, cafes, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, Air BnBs, waiting rooms, offices, hospitals, nursing homes and hostels.


Enjoy the read and the beautiful images of County Mayo!

‘We are Mayo’


Mayo Books, Castlebar

Murphy's, Ballinrobe

Mahon's Spar, Charlestown

The Candy Store, Charlestown

Carey's, Belmullet

Horkan's SuperValu, Templeogue

The Gem, Ballyhaunis

McGreevy's Newsagents, Westport

Eason, Castlebar

Hiney's Londis, Crossmolina

Kennys bookshop Galway

Gannon's, Foxford

Towey's Spar Express, Ballaghaderreen

Super Valu, Westport

Centra, Bangor Erris

Fagan's, Kilkelly

De Burca Rare Books, Blackrock

Sheridan's Centra, Newport

Eason, Ballina

Daily's Newsagents, Claremorris

Paul McNamara, Achill

SuperValu Churchtown

Achill Island Tourist Office

More locations to be added soon

In The Press



Tom Brett University of Notre Dame

A native of Charlestown, Tom currently lives in Fremantle Western Australia. He is a frequent visitor to Ireland especially his home county of Mayo. He was educated at Lecarrow National School, Rockwell College, St Joseph’s Secondary School Charlestown and University College Galway (NUIG). After completing BA and MA degrees, he switched faculties graduating in Medicine in 1979. He moved to Australia in 1984 where he now works as a General Practitioner and in academic general practice. He is currently Professor and Director General Practice and Primary Health Care Research at The University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle. On the sporting front, he represented Charlestown and UCG in Gaelic football and won All Ireland Inter-Firm medal with Western Health Board in 1983. He has also represented UCG, Galwegians and Connacht in rugby.


Sean Rice Journalist

A native of Castlebar, Sean currently lives in Islandeady. Educated at St Patrick’s NS and St Gerald’s College Castlebar. He holds a Diploma in Social Action from UCG. Sean joined the Connaught Telegraph as general reporter in 1965. Eight years later he joined the Connacht Tribune, based in Tuam. Sean is Involved in all aspects of journalism including sports and a general column written under the title “Western Diary.” Having retired from the Tribune he commenced writing a weekly sports column for the Mayo News which he continues to pen each week. He edited History of Castlebar Mitchels GAA and Westport GAA Clubs. He has won Connacht GAA Council sports coverage awards with the Tribune and Mayo News. He is a lifetime member of the National Union of Journalists.


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A quick peek inside showing just some of the spectacular photographs and content describing our beautiful county. We are Mayo!

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