Why relocate to Mayo?
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Mayo is the heartbeat of the West. Home to over 130,000 people, Castlebar, Ballina and Westport are the three main hubs in the county. Notably, Mayo is renowned for its rugged landscape and truly wild nature. Still, the towns in the region are growing and the West has been successful in attracting inward foreign direct investment (FDI). As a result, employment levels in foreign-owned companies reached an all-time high in 2018.
According to our Galway-Mayo Relocation Survey, 91% of people who relocated to the region are happy with their decision, while 79% of people would recommend making the move. The population is extremely diverse and 84% of those surveyed were newcomers to the region. Aiding this is Ireland West Airport Knock, a gateway for the region into Europe and beyond. Thus, many companies come here due to the ease of access to the continent.
The West has benefitted greatly from FDI in recent years. In both Mayo and Galway, over 23,500 people work in 100+ international firms and this has benefitted the entire region.
Mayo is home to a list of long-established employers including Allergan in Westport and Baxter in Castlebar. Moreover, MedTech company Hollister has invested €80 million in its Ballina plant, while Meissner unveiled plans for 150 jobs in Castlebar in 2019.
Considerate growth in software engineering, technical support, global business services and R&D has also been seen. Particularly, Lionbridge in Ballina has helped boost this area.
Additionally, there is a thriving, dynamic and innovative enterprise base and the presence of third-level institutes NUIG and GMIT in Castlebar are key to attracting further investment.
Primary & Secondary Schools
No. of businesses that are start-ups
Population under the age of 35
Not only is Mayo for tourism, but it is the perfect place to settle down, with its natural beauty, world-class visitor attractions, culture and historic charm.
For those seeking adventure, the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick offers a challenging, yet rewarding climb, with breath-taking views right over Clew Bay in Westport. Additionally, the quaint-but-lively town of Westport itself charms visitors with its array of restaurants and pubs. Meanwhile, Achill Island provides the perfect setting for a family camping trip on this traditional island, connected to the mainland by bridge.
Ballina and Castlebar are two further hubs of activity and offer everything from world-class fishing spots to high street shopping experiences. Nearby, the town of Foxford is perched right on the River Moy and the Foxford Woollen Mills offer an interesting day-out and learning experience into the industries past of the region.
Fresh, charming and colourful, Mayo offers a comprehensive package for everyone and is well served by rail and road transport, with a line connecting Westport to Dublin via most major towns.
Mayo is world renowned for its outdoor lifestyle. The annual Gaelforce West Adventure Race in Westport includes running, cycling, hiking and kayaking for those looking for a challenge. Meanwhile, Delphi Adventure Resort at Killary Fjord in the south of the country straddles the border with Galway and is the location of Ireland’s only fjord. Hence, kayaking and water activities are often pursued in this part of Mayo.
Mayo has a rich GAA history and the colours of the county – red and green – are synonymous with Mayo’s passionate fans. The 38,000 seater MacHale Park in Castlebar is often a hive of activity and many GAA legends have passed through here. Certainly, there is no shortage of GAA in the county with around 50 clubs serving Mayo.
Major Industries in Mayo
The Medtech Industry in Ireland
- Employs 29,000 people
- 18 of the top 25 largest medtech companies are in Ireland
- Over 450 medtech companies in Ireland
- 50% engage in R&D
- 4,000 job openings between 2016-2020
The Biopharma Industry in Ireland
- Employs over 28,000 people
- All of the top 10 largest biopharma companies operate in Ireland
- Over 75 biopharma companies in Ireland
- €39 billion in exports annually
- 8,400 job openings between 2016-2020