Information Castlebar Ireland
The majority of Irish people have historically lived in a rural setting since records began. Castlebar has a National Museum of Country Life, dedicated to the agrarian society that has contributed to making the Irish what they are today. You can see the romantic version of Irish life, with a poster of John Wayne in The Quiet Man, alongside the contemporaneous reality between 1850 and 1950 – the unrelenting, backbreaking work of farm labourers, fishermen, housewives and craftsmen, the various uses for hay rope and the ingenuity of those who used it, footage of men weaving a coracle boat, and Inisheer seaweed farmers wading through freezing waters. Festivals, superstitions that pre-date Christian customs and the reminiscences of those who lived in rural Ireland all feature too. The museum is based in Turlough near Castlebar, where you will also find the well-preserved Turlough Round Tower. There are various other offerings of heritage scattered around the Castlebar area. Kiltimagh railway station, 24 kilometres away, has been converted to a museum. The Michael Davitt Museum, a little closer at 15 km from the town, is dedicated to the nineteenth century political activist of the same name whose formative eviction experiences led to his activism in seeking land reform in Ireland. Davitt agitated for the right and ability of tenant farmers to become owner occupiers of their farms. The museum is a compilation of records and documentation central to Davitt’s life and times, including prison records, photographs and letters.
Attractions Castlebar Ireland
Ballintubber Abbey - Claremorris
This 13th century abbey is unique, not only is it the only church in Ireland still in use which was founded by an Irish King, but it is also the one Irish church where for over 781 years Mass has been offered without a break. Its story is graphically told in a video documentary on show at the abbey. Founded in 1216 by the last King of Connaught, Cathal Crovdearg O'Connor, for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine order, the Abbey had large tracts of land in the district until the dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VII. Retreats, pilgrimages and tours are available today. The Celtic Furrow Visitors Centre provides guided tours of the region, tracing 5,000 years of Irish culture.
Céide Fields - Ballina
Ballycastle - 8 miles from Ballins. Beneath the wild boglands of North Mayo lies Ceide Fields, the most extensive stone age monument in the world; field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs of 5,000 years ago. In addition, the wild flora of the bog is of international importance and is bounded by some of the most spectacular rock formations and cliffs in Ireland. The Visitor Centre houses displays and exhibitions in English and Irish.
Croagh Patrick - Westport - Westport
The Pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick is located close to Wesport town. In 441 AD St. Patrick reached the summit of Croagh Patrick and fasted for 40 day. St. Patrick is also noted for banishing the snakes from Ireland. A wonderful experience and challenge on a fine day. Spectacular view of County Mayo. For info on Guided Tours of Croagh Partick
Doon - Archaeological Nature Peninsula - Cong
A designated Area of Scienific Interest, Accredited a National Heritage Area. Doon Promontory Fort, on Lough Carra, with sites from Late Bronze Age, enclosed in a spectacular landscape of mountain, lake and woodland, is one of the largest identified site of its type in Ireland. A self-guided Tour along a woodland trail from our earliest ancestors, through Bronze Age (2,000 B.C.), Iron Age (300 B.C.), Early Christian and Norman Times. A town noted for the filming of the Quiet Man, with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Many connections with the Quiet Man are on show. Also the location of Ashford Castle, a high quality hotel with private golf course.
Kiltimagh Museum - Kiltimagh
In the 1980s the Historical Society acquired the old Goods Store of Kiltimagh Railway Station and turned it into a Museum. Two old Railway Carriages were acquired to commemorate the thousands of our people who had had to emigrate, and these were incorporated into the Museum. Now the Museum houses many artifacts from our past, such as the Land League Banner, buried for safety in a bog for forty years, the instruments of the 19th century town band, items from Kiltimagh Lace School, Railway artifacts and many other items reflecting different aspects of our past.