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Tourmakeady lies within the Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking) area in Ireland.

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The English actor Robert Shaw, best known for his work in Jaws and The Sting, lived in Tourmakeady until his death in 1978.

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The Plunketts came to Tourmakeady in 1831 when the first Baron Plunket, the bishop's father, built a shooting lodge on land purchased from a local landowner.

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Tourmakeady is famous for its Fishing, and particularly for the plentiful supply of Brown Trout in Lough Mask

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During the month of May 1921, the War of Independance was raging throughout the country, the Tourmakeady Ambush was Mayo's first serious involvement in the War

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The history of the ownership of the Tourmakeady Woods goes back to the history of landlordism.

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There are a number of Walks in the general Tourmakeady area, ranging from "gentle stroll" to "challenging climb"

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We are privelged to have access to a report compiled by Ms Kristin Pratt, from Michigan State University, USA. During the Summer of 2008. Ms Pratt undertook a comprehensive study on the flora and fauna of the Tourmakeady area. It is quite a sizeable document (Almost 20Mb) so for ease of viewing/downloading, we have divided it into managable sized chapters.

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These documents open in different ways - depending on which browser you are using (I.E, Chrome, Safari, Firefox etc) If you are having difficulty "seeing" them, navigate to the download folder on your PC Laptop.

Table of Contents: Introduction: Lessons: Materials 1: Materials 1.1: Materials 1.2: Materials 2: Materials 2.1: Materials 3: Information:

Glensaul Valley.

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A century ago something new in the revival of Irish started with the setting up of Coláiste Chonnacht in Tourmakeady. The Gaelic League, under the direction of Dr Douglas Hyde and with the assistance of clergy, teachers, businesses and professional people from the west of Ireland, had been looking for a suitable location to set up an Irish Summer college.

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