About Murrisk

Murrisk is a small village on the south side of Clew Bay Co. Mayo. It is situated 8kms to the west of Westport, on the coast road to Louisburgh and Connemara with a resident population of just over 300 people.

The name ‘Murrisk’ is said to have originated from either ‘Muir-Riasc’, meaning ‘sea marsh’ or ‘Muir-Iasc’, meaning ‘sea monster’ – reputedly an object of worship by people in Pagan times.

The Village

The village lies between the shores of Clew Bay to the north and Croagh Patrick to the south. The mountain has been a place of religious and spiritual significance and pilgrimage since prehistoric times.


Murrisk is part of the Barony of Murrisk and consists of several small townlands – Deerpark West, Bellataleen, Lenacraigaboy, Meermihil, Glaspatrick, Murrisk Demesne, Carrowkeel, Carrowkeeran and Murrisknaboll.

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Rich History

The evidence of Murrisk’s rich history is clearly visible today over many archaeological sites. On the coast at Annagh the standing stones indicate the sun alignment at midwinter whereas Murrisk Abbey is a visible sign of the Christian tradition that has been maintained over the millennia.