This headland has served myriad purposes in its 350 million year lifetime, including, but not limited to a place for contemplation and prayer for St. Patrick; a well-placed lookout for hostile attackers; and today, more benignly the rock of Downpatrick Head is home to a variety of species of birds and the mainland draws enthusiastic birdwatchers from far and wide.
Killala Bay is formed out of the estuary of the River Moy and straddles counties Mayo and Sligo, forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way route. It has long been a place for famously good salmon fishing, a fact that became internationally known in part due to the second home of the Republic of Ireland’s football team manager, Jack Charlton.
A beautiful beach in Killala Bay.
There is something profoundly literary about the life of a salmon. Born into the waters of a river, they head to the mouth of the river at a young age, fattening up and preparing for the changes in water salinity that they will experience as adults.
the feeling that explodes in your chest when you reach the mouth of the River Moy, in Killala Bay, at the most eastern point of the North coast of the County, A feeling that can be described as a wave, a force that permeates through you, created by the interaction with nature and one that whilst not visible, reverberates inside you like the truest of truths.