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Living at the edge of Europe

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Situated on the north west corner of Mayo the parish of Aughoose has both amazing scenery and a notoriously wet and windy climate in winter. Standing on the shores of Sruth Fada Conn bay the area is reputedly one of the places where the Children of Lir spent 300 years according to Irish mythology.

People have been living in northwest Mayo for millenia. The Ceide Fields, a 5,000 year old settlement is situated 30 Miles east of Aughoose, however since this settlement was first built the landscape has fundamentally changed and it is now covered in bogland.  In spite of this patches of farmland have been carved out of the landscape over several generations. In the medieval era Aughoose and the wider Erris area was conquered during the norman expansion into Connaught in the 1230′s and 40′s. Norman settler family names of Barrett and Philbin amongst others are still common in the area. In modern times Aughoose has gained much unwanted fame as the epicentre of an ongoing 12 year community struggle against shell who are attempting to build a high-presssure raw gas pipeline and inland gas refinery in the area.

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