Westport Bridge

Westport is a town in County Mayo at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of Ireland.

Over the years I’ve noticed many Irish towns tend to situate houses so they back on to rivers. Westport is a beautiful exception, with the town’s Georgian architectural style using the Carrow Beg river in its layout providing a tree lined Mall and several stone bridges.

Just outside the town in Westport House built by Colonel John Browne, a Jacobite, who was at the Siege of Limerick, and his wife Maude Bourke, great-great-grandmother of Granuaile, aka Grace O’Malley, aka “The Pirate Queen” of which more in my next post.

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