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Joyce Country

The Joyce Country Mountain and Lake District (Ceantar Dhuiche Sheoigheach) incorporates the communities of Maam, Corr na Mona, Clonbur/An Chloch Bhreac, Finny, Tourmakeady, Cong, Cross and The Neale. It is an area of great scenic beauty with rivers, mountains and valleys lying between Lough Corrib and Mask, adjoining Connemara and Iar Chonnaught.

The area is called "Joyce Country" after the colony of Joyce (Seoighigh) who came to live in the barony of Ross. Thomas Joyce emigrated to Ireland from Wales at the beginning of the 14th century and settled here. His son married an O’Flaherty and thus the Joyce clan took control of the whole barony of Ross.

Excellence appears to be the great challenge to the Joyces. The Joyce motto exhibits this life long desire: "Mors aut honorabilis vita"-"Death before dishonour".

An area of unspoilt natural surroundings, Joyce Country provides a wonderful opportunity for a relaxed holiday involving fishing, hillwalking, forest walks, swimming, boating, pony trekking, touring and socialising in the company of our traditional music players and set dancers.