I finally decided to take on Croagh Patrick. Boy was I delighted I did.

Going up was hard but I found climbing down quite difficult. My knees hurt. The weather was just glorious and the views on the way up and down were incredible. There is not much more I can say. The pictures speak for it self.

The name originate’s from the Irish “Mhaigh Eo”

The Irish “Mhaigh Eo” translates to “Plain of the Yew Trees” originality from the village of Mayo, known today as Mayo Abbey. The Yew tree is one of the few trees native to Ireland.

Mayo was the birth place of one of the most fearsome and famous Irish pirates. Grace OMally. She captured English ships and stole their cargo.

Some of the best-know stories from early Irish literature came from county Mayo. Tain Bo Flidhais and Táin Bó Cúailnge.

Mayo has some stunning beaches. Here is my favorite. Ballycroy .

The largest Irish Island is off the coast of Mayo. Achill.

There is so much more history in Mayo. Knock, Croagh Patrick, Cèide Fields to make a few. One more of my favorite places to visit is Down Patrick Head.

There’s no place like home. I love when I plan a trip to Mayo. Apart from seeing my beautiful family, I really enjoy the scenery, the beaches, the peace and quite and the wildness of the Wild Atlantic.

This trip wasn’t unlike any other with the exception that we were planning to cycle some the Green Way. Unfortunately it was too windy. So instead we done Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail followed by the Ballycroy National Park walk. Both are very easy and quick walks but the Wind from the Wild Atlantic definitely make it more fun.

The views are amazing but on the dull day that we got, you can’t really see how beautiful it is.

Onto the Ballycroy National Park. We were advised not to climb up to the top, as it was to windy and dangerous but the rebel inside me wouldn’t listen. This walk is only about 20-30mins, very easy to do. The views are incredible. For me there is no better feeling than enjoying complete quietness. I love having time to dream, enjoying peace and the wonders of the sea, the mountains and fresh air.

Mayo is a beautiful county, it’s my home and there is no where in the world that is this special to me.

A short trip home to Mayo last week and on our way back to Navan  we stopped off at Cafe Rua for lunch. I have read so many great things about this place and I was really looking forward to trying it. 

They were full when we arrived, and we decided to wait for a table and check out the menu boards. The cafe itself is fun and very casual. Lots of different people enjoying from family to friends. 

Once a table became free, we were sat by a very friendly waitress. There was so many great options to choose from . 

I decided on the Free Range Egg and Tuna and potato salad. It was a great choice.  The basil Mayo was to die for. A great portion. Fresh and full of flavours. I ordered some of their home made lemonade also. Very refreshing. 



My mom had the Chicken Salad and my sister had the Mayo Mezze Board, both declared it was fabulous. 


It’s going to be a stop off for me on my journeys back in future. 

They open late on Friday evenings also. I’d say it’s a real cosy spot to sit in. 

Well done to all involved, great to see another successful place serving great local and Irish food.