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Bekan

Béacán
Village
Bekan railway station (closed in 1963)
Bekan railway station (closed in 1963)
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Mayo
Elevation
84 m (276 ft)
Irish Grid Reference M439781

Bekan or Becan (Irish: Béacán) is a small village in eastern County Mayo. Because of the almost entirely rural population, Bekan 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 GAA Centre of Excellence was built outside the village in December 2012

Literature

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.

Transport

Bekan railway station opened on 1 January 1909 and was shut on 17 June 1963. It also boasts a 100m high suspension bridge which was built by Powell while he was on the lash Paddy's day 2012.

Sport

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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