Theme Week Ireland – Castlebar

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Linenhall Street © flickr.com - Rambling Traveler/cc-by-sa-2.0

Linenhall Street © flickr.com – Rambling Traveler/cc-by-sa-2.0

Castlebar (Irish: Caisleán an Bharraigh, meaning “Barry’s Castle”) is the county town of County Mayo. It is the largest town in County Mayo. The town is linked by railway to Dublin, Westport and Ballina. The main route by road is the N5. Its economy is primarily service-based. Castlebar is traditionally a market town, and it is still a major destination for shoppers from all over the west of Ireland. It boasts an increasing number of national and international chain stores, and several new shopping areas have been developed in the past 10–12 years on what were considered the outskirts of the town. Castlebar is the second largest retail centre in the Connacht province, after Galway

Castlebar is the location for important festivals and traditions, among which is the International Four Days’ Walk. A well-established blues music festival in venues across the town took place for many years on the weekend before the first Monday in June, but has not taken place since 2011. During the 1970s and 1980s the town hosted the International Castlebar Song Contest which was televised nationally on RTÉ. A campus of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and the Museum of Country Life is located on the outskirts of Castlebar, and is the only branch of the National Museum of Ireland located outside Dublin.

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology © geograph.org.uk - Jonathan Billinger/cc-by-sa-2.0
Castlebar is home to The Linenhall Arts Centre, which exhibits visual art throughout the year, as well as hosting live drama and music performances. The Linenhall also organises an annual children’s arts festival called Roola Boola (an anglicisation of the Irish phrase rí rá agus ruaile buaile which in this context means “boisterous fun”). The Royal Theatre and Event Centre, with a capacity of two thousand two hundred fully seated, four thousand standing, hosts larger-scale productions and popular music concerts.

Castlebar has a selection of places to eat and drink. There is a broad range of types of food available: Italian, Indian, Chinese, Irish, Polish and fast food, as well as cafes. A lot of the public houses closed during the building boom in the 1990s. In 1990, Castlebar had 54 licensed premises, although this number had fallen to fewer than 30 public houses by 2008. Castlebar is a garrison market town; there was a tradition of open air markets mostly selling livestock, which meant there was a healthy daytime drinking trade in Castlebar, but this has disappeared. For a combination of factors since the introduction of the smoking ban and the EU single payment grant to farmers, most public houses offer food to help subsidise the drop in alcohol sales. One of the oldest pubs in Castlebar is John McHale’s pub, located on New Line. The pub is known for its sale of a Meejum of Guinness, which is slightly less than a pint. It once had ‘the best pint of Guinness in Ireland’ according to a national tabloid.

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