The Walsh family, who run Teach na Miasa, aim to provide for the needs of pilgrims, climbers, archaeologists and nature lovers who visit this beautiful part of Ireland. Teach na Miasa means the house of the dishes. The road on which the centre is built is known as 'Bóthar na Miasa' ( 'The road of the dishes' ) and it is reputed that the monks of nearby Murrisk Abbey (1457) washed their utensils in the stream which runs alongside. Groups and bus tours are welcome.
Call into the Centre for information on the history and archaeology of The Holy Mountain. There are also many services and facilities available:
A Coffee Shop Self-service Restaurant is open at the visitor centre to cater for visitor needs. The restaurant seats 50 inside and another 40 outside on a terrace where both the food and the view can be savoured.
- Tasty hot food at the family restaurant
- Homemade cakes, tarts etc.
- Healthy smoothies
- Takeout available
- Selection of Crafts - sourced locally
- Books on local history & archaeology
- Walking sticks
- Socks, Raingear
- Exclusive Croagh Patrick branded T-shirts and Souvenirs
History of Teach na Miasa
The director of Archaeological Excavations on the summit of Croagh Patrick, Gerry Walsh, and his wife Gabrielle opened the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre at the foot of the mountain in March 2000. The Centre stems from the interest shown by the thousands of pilgrims and climbers in the history and archaeology of the Croagh Patrick area.
Gerry realised that people would like more information in an accessible and user-friendly way and he set about making his dream a reality. He also realised that people visiting the mountain were not being supplied with general information on the South West Mayo region, an area of unspoilt natural beauty, so he decided to incorporate this into the Centre.
The building housing the Centre maintains the natural appeal of the area with a profile which blends in with the existing environment.