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Doohoma, (Irish: Dumhaigh Thuama meaning "the sounding sandy banks") is a peninsula on Ireland's Atlantic coastline. It is named after the sound of the Atlantic breakers crashing on the shore.[citation needed]


Dubh Thúama
Skyline of Doohoma
Doohoma is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°04′26″N 9°55′36″W / 54.073839°N 9.926614°W / 54.073839; -9.926614Coordinates: 54°04′26″N 9°55′36″W / 54.073839°N 9.926614°W / 54.073839; -9.926614
CountyCounty Mayo
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceF



Doohoma is situated on the north-west coast of Kiltane parish, Erris, County Mayo. Its area consists of 1,102 acres (4.46 km2) of coastline. It is situated approximately fifteen miles (24 km) south west of the village of Bangor Erris. It overlooks Achill Island and the Mullet Peninsula. The area has sea views across Blacksod Bay. Its beaches and bays are used for watersports such as surfing, kiting, sailing, swimming, fishing, boating and wind surfing.[citation needed]

Doohoma is the central village and collective name for a further six villages, which include Doohoma Head (Cean Romhar), Crook na Mona, Bunnafully, Tallaghan, Roy Carter and Roy Bingham.[1] There are two pubs, The Sea Rod Inn (Barrett's) and Tra Bui (Holmes's) and one grocery store. There are community focal points in Doohoma, including the local Roman Catholic church (Pope Pius X) and the Doohoma National School. There is also an 18-hole golf course.


Like other parts of County Mayo, Doohoma was adversely affected during the famine years of the 1840s and 1850s. The population of 455 people in 1841 was more than halved to 218 people by 1851.[2] It endured high levels of emigration throughout the years, with the diaspora of Doohoma spreading to countries like England, Scotland, the United States, Australia and Canada. The first main road through the townland was not built until 1847.

After the famine, mass burials took place on the sandbanks and, despite repeated requests by local people grew louder for a proper cemetery, a request repeatedly rejected by the civil authorities.[citation needed] Eventually, in 1926 three hundred local men erected a sod wall, which was later consecrated by Bishop James Naughton. Eventually Mayo County Council granted some money to erect a stone wall to replace the sod ditch. Later local residents were unsuccessful in their endeavours to get a road built from the sandbanks to the cemetery, so in 1967 over 100 volunteers built a road to improve access. In 1989 the Council tarred the road for the first time.[citation needed]

Fishing was the main occupation of the community but did not sustain the population entirely - so every year in June whole families would go to the potato fields of Scotland.[citation needed][when?] These workers were known as "tattie hokers". There were so many went from Doohoma that ships would moor off Doohoma Head to transport them to the potato fields of Scotland.

The first National School was established in Doohoma in 1859 just outside the boundary of the Tallaghanbawn townland and the first church in the townland was built close by later.

A new industry was opened in the early 1970s. Eagle Isle Seafoods was founded in 1972 and became an exporter of smoked wild Atlantic salmon.

In 1987, Mayo County Council financed a two million pound water scheme. This brought piped water from Carrowmore Lake.[citation needed]

In the past, the village survived primarily on small farming and fishing communities, but in recent years the occupations of the residents vary.[citation needed][clarification needed]

The town-land was the theme of the RTÉ documentary 'Doohoma' which dealt with the theme of emigration to England and the effect on local families. In recent years,[when?] however, a number of first and second-generation natives have returned to take advantage of the improving economic climate. [3][4]


Doohoma has a football tradition.[citation needed] Doohoma Golf Course is a 9-hole, par-3 course overlooking the Atlantic.


  1. ^ "The Sea Rod Inn - About". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  2. ^ Noone, Fr. Sean. Where the Sun Sets (1991) Naas
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ 22 June 2007 (22 June 2007). "The TD, the developer and the holiday haven". Retrieved 8 June 2013.

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