01 April-Belmullet

Belmullet is town with a population of about 1,000, located on the Mullet Peninsula in County Mayo, Ireland. The town lies between Blacksod Bay and Broadhaven Bay. The two bays are linked by Carter’s canal which runs through the town. Belmullet is a popular tourist destination. It lies on the Wild Atlantic Way. Angling, surfing and sailing are popular visitor attractions. Carne Golf Links are close to the town. Belmullet is officially located in the Mayo Gaeltacht but it is both an English and Irish speaking town.

Cow Comfort Ltd which manufactures Mayo Mats is located in Belmullet. Mayo Mats are specially designed to provide comfortable bedding for cows and other animals. The company was founded in 1988. During the following years the business thrived and became a market leader. Having been in production for eleven years the factory was destroyed by fire.

The Mayo Major Emergency Plan was put into operation following the outbreak of the fire. Up to 1,000 people had to leave their homes. The local district hospital and residents of an old folks home were transferred to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar. Despite the best efforts of workers in the factory and the fire brigade services the factory was completely destroyed. The factory was rebuilt and Cow Comfort was back in full production in September 2000.

Belmullet town was evacuated and the Mayo Emergency Plan was put into operation following a fire at the factory manufacturing the Mayo Mats in the year 1999 On This Day.

Belmullet by Conor Lawless on 2006-07-23 12:34:06

Found by 88rabbit on 2005-07-31 16:54:39

 

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