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Castlebar (Caisleán an Bharraigh) meaning "Barry's Castle is situated in central Mayo on the N5. Known as the County town, it is the administrative capital of Mayo as well as being home to Mayo General Hospital and a host of semi-state bodies that have been established over a long period of time in the town. In 1993, the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology opened in Castlebar and it continues to thrive today.


Castlebar is named after a Norman adventurer called De Barra who founded a castle there (Castle Barry) in 1235. It was also the location for the second largest British outpost in Connaught, next to Galway, and Castlebar is historically regarded as a Garrison town.

It is a vibrant commercial town with businesses covering a vast spectrum of services and products. New commercial zones have been developed by the local authorities to cater for the increasing numbers of businesses wishing to locate in the town, while there has been a very significant regeneration of the town’s Main Street.

Castlebar is the birth place of the present Taoiseach Enda Kenny while a former Taoiseach, Charles Haughey was also born in the town. Other famous people born in the town include Lord Lucan and the world renowned soprano, Margaret Burke Sheridan.

Castlebar has numerous attractions for visitors including the Museum of Country Life with its modern exhibition galleries, fascinating artefacts, education services and research facilities.

The Mayo Peace Park is a specially designed thought provoking memorial to commemorate the women and men from Mayo who served and died on foreign battleships in the major World Wars and on UN Peacekeeping operations over the course of the past century.

Castlebar hosts the world famous Four Day Walks and the Guinness Blues Festival which attracts visitors from all over the world. Guided historical walks of the town are available during the summer months. Aficionados of the arts and theatre are well catered for with the Linenhall Arts Centre and the Royal Theatre, both of which host live shows and arts exhibitions. which provide art events and live shows. Castlebar has played host to numerous festivals including the famed Castlebar Song Contest and the 2012 International Choral Festival.

The Court House was built in 1834 and has several interesting architectural features while the Anglican Church (on the grounds of Mayo General Hospital) is one of the oldest buildings in the town with the foundation stone (situated inside the main gate) laid in 1739.

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