Welcome to Straide Parish

Straide is an historic and picturesque village situated in  the heart of County Mayo, located between Foxford and Castlebar in the diocese  of Achonry. The Cathedral town of the Diocese is Ballaghadeereen on the Mayo / Roscommon border. Straide is the birthplace of one of Ireland’s famous sons,  namely Michael Davitt, founder of the Land league in 1879.

Michael Davitt was born on March 25th 1846 during the Great  Famine, at a time when Straide was a place of poverty and emigration. He was  christened in the pre-penal church, which today houses the Michael Davitt  Musuem (www.michaeldavittmuseum.com)


Davitt and Charles Stewart Parnell formed the Land League at the end of the  19th century to abolish landlordism in Ireland and enable tenant farmers to own  the land on which they worked. A plaque to his memory has been erected in the  village and Davitt is buried in the grounds of the 13th Century Straide Abbey, beside the Museum.

Another famous son of Straide was George Moore (1727-1799), who founded the famous Moore Hall estate at Lough Carra.

Straide has a thriving primary school (http://straidens.com/) and a Community Centre which is used extensively by the locals. Senior citizens’ and children’s parties are held there annually. Straide is also noted for providing some very fine  football teams both at senior and underage level. Our local GAA team is Moy  Davitts, whilst our soccer team is known as Straide and Foxford United.

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul is situated on a hill, marking the centre of the village and is bordered on one side by the Davitt Lounge and on the other side by The Copper Beech Lounge.

Adjacent to the Church is the historic well preserved  thirteenth century Dominican Abbey, a testimony to our rich heritage and to a faith-filled community which has given sons and daughters to the Priesthood and Religious life both at home and abroad. The Effegies in the Abbey are of note  and are unique for their period as they depict all the images of the Saints and  a Pieata with smiling faces.

Another feature of Straide is its love and promotion of  traditional Irish music with many local families having attained recognition at  national level, for their musical prowess and skills.


 

Townlands of Straide Parish

 

Ardcloon

Ashbrooke

Aughaliska

Aughaward

Ballinacuila

Ballylahan

Blackfort

Blanemore

Bohergloss

Carracastle

Clooncondra

Cloonconlon

Coolkeevaune

Crillane

Derra

Derrinea

Derrinogue

Doogera

Fencefield

Gurranard

Gurteen

Knockafall

Knockaghran

Knocknaculla

Knocksaxon

Knockshanvalley

Longfield

Loughill

Oughtoose

Pullagh

Rathrussel

Redhill

Springhill

Straide

Tavnabeg

Tavnagh

Ummoon