County Mayo, twinned with Calderdale.
- 130,552 people (2011 Census)
- Main Towns (2006 Census):
- Castlebar (17,891 people);
- Ballina (10,146 people);
- Westport (6,598 people).
County Mayo is on the West coast of Ireland.
Mayo County Council has 31 elected members. The admin staff look after the executive function of the council and professional staff see to all technical aspects.
The main employment sector is agriculture, which makes up 31% of the workforce. This is reducing, while industry (23%) and services sectors (46%) jobs are on the increase.
The trend for County Mayo shows people moving from rural areas to the urban centres.
Tourism is growing very fast and is becoming the main employer in the services sector. The area is well known for its scenery and good environment (both physical and social).
Road: The network connects to all major centres in Ireland, with National Primary routes to Dublin, Sligo and Galway.
Rail: The mainline service from Dublin to Westport covers most main towns in the County.
Air: Horan Airport, in the heart of Mayo, has flights to Britain and Europe, as well as transatlantic.
There are many places of interest on its long and beautiful coastline:
- the best salmon fishing in Europe is on the river Moy and the lakes of Lough Conn and Cullen;
- the village of Cong, lakes and rivers have been made famous by the film 'The quiet man';
- the Holy Shrine at Knock, which sees two million pilgrims visit each year.
Mayo County Council (Website down on 5th June 2018). The website covers many topics, from environment to safety and leisure to libraries.