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Bekan railway station (closed in 1963)
Bekan railway station (closed in 1963)
Bekan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
84 m (276 ft)
Irish Grid Reference M439781

Bekan or Becan (Irish: Béacán) is a village in County Mayo, Ireland. Because of the almost entirely rural population, it is traditionally a farming community. The village is off the R323 road between Knock and Ballyhaunis. The local school is St. Joseph's National School.

The Connacht Gaelic Athletic Association Centre of Excellence was built outside the village in December 2012.


A book about the parish, called Béacán/Bekan: Portrait of an East Mayo Parish, edited by Fr. Michael Comer and Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle, was published in 1986.


Bekan railway station opened on 1 January 1909 and closed on 17 June 1963.


Eastern Gaels is the local Gaelic Football club, which represents both Bekan and Brickeens. The Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence is the major sporting facility in the area. The centre is just outside the village. The centre has a 3G pitch, five floodlit Gaelic games pitches, and a gymnasium.

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