Castlebar, County Mayo

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Castlebar is a beautiful county town situated at the centre of the famous County Mayo in Ireland. In terms of population, this town is counted as the largest one among the rest of the counties in Ireland. The town’s population increased drastically by one-third in mere six years; however this growth has been brought down under control in recent years. Castlebar is appreciated for having the National Museum of Ireland and a wonderful campus of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology as the two eminent local amenities. The town is linked by railwaysto Dublin and adjacent Mayo towns like Ballina and Westport. Furthermore, the town is surrounded with many small satellite villages, such as Breaffy. The economy of the town is primarily service-based which means major part of population is dependent on services.As per the 2006 census, the population of the town was recorded as 11,897.
The modern town of Castlebar developed as a community around the de Barry castle that was formed by a Norman adventurer in the year 1235 and later on became a site of an English Garrison. The castle was situated at the Castle Street end, which is the place supposed to be the origin of the town river. Moreover, the glorious history of the town is full of armed conflicts that were its centrepiece at that time.

The Irish National Land League came into existence on 21 October 1879 after being founded by Michael Davitt, at the class-apart Imperial Hotel situated in Castlebar.Furthermore, the town geared up rapidly towards the path of growth, during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. This growth was the result of the dedicated efforts of sincere local politicians such as Padraig Flynn, Beverly Flynn and Enda Kenny.

The name Castlebar is derived from the castle built in the year 1235. This castle is portrayed in the crest’s top, along with two yew trees on both the sides. Though not the whole of it, but the castle ruins still remain on the location.The crosses are the symbols that represent the parish of Aglish which is the official name given to the parish of Castlebar. The “Races of Castlebar” in 1798 is creatively commemorated with the help of Pikes located in the top left-hand side corner. Underneath, one can find the words “ArAghaidh” that means ‘Forward’.

Apart from its history and important structures, Castlebar is the most sought after place for various traditions and festivals, among which International Four Days’ Walk is very popular. Moreover, each year in June, before the first Monday, takes place an amazing blues music festival across the town. Adding to the list of its memorable events, during the years 1970s and 1980s, Castlebar conducted the prestigious International Castlebar Song Contest that was also televised nation-wide on RTE.

Castlebar is globally recognized for being the location to The Linenhall Arts Centre, which showcases visual art throughout the year. Additionally, this centre also hosts music performances and live drama. Apart from this, the Linenhall Arts Centre is also famous for organising an annual festival celebrating children’s arts called RoolaBoola. On the other side, the Event Centre and Royal Theatre host larger-scale popular music concerts and productions. Therefore, there is no shortage of entertainment in the mesmerizing town of Castlebar.

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