Toormakeady or Tourmakeady is a village in County Mayo, Ireland. It is located on the R300 road where the Glensaul River flows into Lough Mask. It has a population of about 1,000 people within the largest Gaeltacht region in Ireland.
Part of Toormakeady was originally in neighbouring County Galway, but was placed under the administration of County Mayo in 1898.
On 3 May 1921, during the Irish War of Independence the Irish Republican Army south Mayo flying column of around 30 men together with a small number of men from east Mayo mounted an ambush at Toormakeady.
From the time of the Great Famine of the mid-1840s onwards, the village has experienced a high level of emigration. Many descendants of emigrants return every year to find their roots. The genealogical records for this area have been computerised at the South Mayo Family Research Centre in nearby Ballinrobe to make the task of tracing roots easier.
The English actor Robert Shaw, best known for his work in From Russia, With Love, Jaws and The Sting, lived in Drimbawn House, Toormakeady until his death in 1978. See also[edit sourceÂ | edit] Connacht Irish List of towns and villages in the Republic of Ireland Thomas Plunket, 2nd Baron Plunket References[edit sourceÂ | edit] edit sourceÂ | edit] Toormakeady Web Site Toormakeady Community Web Site Audio podcast excerpt from Michael John Casey's Heritage Tour of Toormakeady.
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