Mullaghmore harbour co Sligo, on a sunny day in July, like today, is in the humble opinion of this writer one of the most stunning locations to spend a day.
Why does this small fishing village in Irelands north west deserve this accolade?
The reasons are many, the fantastic views of the Dartry mountain ranges, (Ben Bulben, Ben Wiskin…), the wonderful sweeping sandy beach, the really beautiful stone harbour, the water sports available such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, the wonderful Atlantic walk around Mullaghmore head, the stunning Classie Bawn castle.
All these things go to making Mullaghmore very special however, top of the list for this writer is the sea food. Mullaghmore is a major port for lobster, crab, and prawns,
You would expect to find the best quality sea food available and find it you will, as thankfully Eithne`s by the sea has re-opened,
Eithne`s by the sea is the inspiration for this post, as I have to say I enjoyed probably the best ever lunch I have ever had in any Irish restaurant (Kevin Aherne’s, signature pork dish in Sage Midleton comes a close second), but given the location, the freshness of the Lobster, crab and the sun today, I cannot recommend this wonderful newly re-opened restaurant any more highly.
A little more on the history of the beautiful harbour in particular.
In the 17th century the Confiscation of Connaught was put into effect and the land divided up as payment among the Cromwellian adventurers and soldiers. The two main beneficiaries in Sligo were the Gore-Booth family of Lissadell who were given 32,000 acres and Sir John Temple. The first owner to set foot on the conquered lands of north Sligo was Henry John Temple, the third was
Viscount Palmerston, who arrived by horse and carriage in 1808. He is best known as Lord Palmerston, who served two terms as Prime Minister of England
Palmerston’s greatest achievement and contribution to the area was the development of the beautiful stone harbour in Mullaghmore which still stands. Work on it began in1822 under the direction of the engineer Alexander Nimmo. It was completed in 1841. Palmerston had big plans for it as an exporting harbour, but they never came to fruition.