Belmullet (Irish: Béal an Mhuirthead, meaning “mouth of the mullet”) is a coastal Gaeltacht town with a population of around 2,000 on the Mullet Peninsula in the barony of Erris, County Mayo, Ireland. Its name means the “mouth of the mullet”. It is the commercial and cultural centre for the barony of Erris, which has a population of almost 10,000 people.
Belmullet has two bays, Blacksod Bay and Broadhaven Bay, joined by Carter’s canal running through the town.
Although officially part of the Mayo, it is both an English- and Irish speaking town. The area plays host in summer months to students enrolled in local Irish language summer schools.
The area is popular for fishing, with both fresh-water and sea-angling off Broadhaven Bay. Watersports are also common, with surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing. This area of Erris was the setting for the Ulster Cycle legend of the Táin Bó Flidhais or the Mayo Táin.
Erris Arts Centre, located in Belmullet town
In 2007, a new arts centre, Aras Inis Gluaire, opened in the town. Its mission was to become a leading bilingual arts centre in Ireland. As well as serving as the towns library and art gallery, the centre has a state of the art theatre, which has seen many accomplished artists perform in the town.