Origin/meaning: The chief shows the old "Cathair na Mart", the stone fort of the beeves, located by John O’Donovan in Westport Demesne (1837). The site is an archaeological farm settlement. The division of the shield is like the St. Patrick’s cross, symbolising the visit of St. Patrick to the parish in the 5th century. The eagle symbolises the Browne family as founders of the new town in 1760, whose crest it is. Cruachan Aigle is also the ancient name of Croagh Patrick. The ship represents the O’Malley’s on whose territory the town stands, it also represents the maritime history of the town. The scallop symbolises a place of pilgrimage - i.e. The Croagh Patrick National Pilgrimage.
: Image and information provided by Laurence Jones.
Westport is special; the essence of Ireland’s magical west. Nestling safe at the foot of towering Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay and its enchanting islands, the town weaves its spell around everyone it meets.
Unique and charming, the heritage town of Westport is a captivating blend of traditional and modern. From the cosiest corner of an antique pub to state-of-the-art conference facilities; from the heart-stirring beat of traditional music to the cosmopolitan approach, contrast and paradox are just part of its charm.
Take a walk around Westport. Down the elegant tree-lined Mall with its stately Georgian buildings, alongside the Carrowbeg River. Cross the river, go up Bridge Street, a cheerful miscellany of traditional shop and pub fronts. Friendly faces, smiling children, a busker or two. Turn right at the clock, along Shop Street to the Octagon.
Have a seat beneath St. Patrick on his lofty perch, whither to next? James Street? To the Quay? A pint of Guinness? Perhaps a little shopping, the choice is yours.