Westport Walkabout

Westport originates and gets its name, in Irish, from a 16th-century castle – Cathair na Mart (meaning “the stone fort of the beeves” or “the city of the fairs”) – and surrounding settlement, belonging to the powerful local seafaring Ó Máille clan, who controlled the Clew Bay area, then known as Umaill. Westport is designated as a heritage town and is unusual in Ireland in that it is one of only a few planned towns in the country.The most notable feature of his town plan is the tree-lined boulevard, the Mall, built on the Carrowbeg River.

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