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Shrule , Co.Mayo

Shrule is a small parish with a rich history , on the Mayo side of the Mayo-Galway border about 25km from Galway city.  Shrule village nestling on the Mayo side of the Black River lies between Headford and Ballinrobe on the N84 main road from Galway to Castlebar .



Shrule the name given in 1570 by the four masters as Sruthair, the word is a variation of Sruth or Sruthan: a stream or river. The tradition of Shrule deriving it’s name from sruth-fuil, meaning river of blood, because of a massacre at Shrule bridge in 1642 is a fabrication and incorrect, as the name was already in use before that time.The name took various forms through the centuries, i.e.: Strothyr, Shrure, Shrower, Sruhir, and Shruel…

What’s it like to live in Shrule ?  click here

Shrule Montessori School

Montessori School
Dalgan Rd. Shrule , Co Mayo
Telephone : 093 31400

National Schools

St. Joseph’s NS
National School
Shrule , Co Mayo
St. Joseph’s National School is situated on the Kilmaine road opposite the Shrule church.
Telephone : 093 31221

Glencorrib NS
National School
Glencorrib , Shrule
Glencorrib National School is situated in Glencorrib village on the road between Headford and Cross.
Telephone : 093 31415

Kilroe NS
National School
Kilroe , Shrule , Co Mayo
Kilroe National School is situated in the townland of Mounthenry (Kilroe) on the road to Ballycurrin from the Moyne direction.
Telephone : 093 35231

Knockroon NS
National School
Knockroon , Co.Galway
Knockroon NS is situated between Shrule and Headford on the main road.
Contact : Anne Walsh
Telephone : 093 35137

Ballycusion NS
National School
Ballycusion , Co Mayo
Ballycusion NS is situated on the Claremorris road from Shrule about 4km from the town.
Telephone : 093 33614


St. Joseph’s RC Church
Shrule , Co Mayo
Contact : Rev. Val Loughrey P.P.
Telephone : 093 31262


This site is owned and maintained by Martin Ryan and has been online in one form or another since 1996 , many thanks to Jacques Metadjer for the original annals of Shrule and Fr. Michael Crosby for taking photographs of all the headstones as well as allowing the parish records to be available here . (records pre 1901 only BTW ).

Many thanks also to all who have submitted photographs , information and historical articles to the site. I credit original copyright owners and contributors on each item where appropriate – however if I missed anything please let me know .

I can be contacted at martinryan @ or call 085 8595085

If you have material you would like published here  , just let me know – IT’s FREE !

Martin Ryan

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4 Responses

  1. John FordeMay 27, 2022 @ 10:05 pmReply

    Does anyone know if there’s any plan to survey & protect Shrule Castle? Is it under the aegis of the OPW?, or is it in private ownership? It’s such a lovely structure (I love the curved quoin-less corners) but it’s looking a tad vulnerable, to layman’s eyes anyhow!

  2. Anne O'DowdFebruary 20, 2013 @ 10:37 pmReply

    Could any one help me with the name of the man who had a small musuem in Shrule. The museum was located in the big house beside the castle.

    Thank you for any help you might be able to offer.

  3. Anthony GiddingsJanuary 30, 2012 @ 4:33 pmReply

    Just a line to say how VERY valuable and much appreciated was the OLD ‘’ website to those researching Shrule ancestors. Please can we be assured that ALL the information contained in the old site on history and genealogy is not reduced or altered ? At present the absence of this info. on the new site is really impeding my research progress.

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