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Old Port to Newport tells the story of Newport, Co. Mayo, from its origin as the old port at Burrishoole, a few miles west of the present town. Captain Pratt and the Medicottes were central to the development of the new port at the mouth of the Black Oak River.
The documentary deals with a number of themes ranging from the early Christian anchorites to the arrival of the Dominican order, and the construction of St. Mary's Friary at Burrishoole where the story begins. Newport survived the famine, and with the arrival of the light railway from Westport to Achill experienced a short period of economic success. That success was marred by the occurence of The War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War, events that left their mark on the town.
With the development of the Great Western Greenway, Newport is again undergoing an economic revival and is a thriving centre in the west of Ireland.
Old Port to Newport - DVD
- Publisher: Tommy Hughes
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