Castlebar (Irish: Caislean an Bharraigh , which means “Barry Castle”) is the county seat of County Mayo, Ireland. It is in the middle of the county and its largest city by population.

A campus of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and country life part of the National Museum of Ireland are two important local amenities. The city is linked by rail to Dublin, Westport and Ballina. The main road on the road is the N5. The city is surrounded by several villages, including Ballintubber. Its economy is primarily service-based.


The modern town grew up as a settlement around the de Barry castle, built by a Norman adventurer in 1235 and was later the site of a British garrison.The castle was located at the end of Castle Street, where the town river is believed to have originally flowed. Castlebar Barracks operated in the city for many years: it finally closed in March 2012 and the buildings and grounds were purchased by the local city and county. Armed conflict has been a central part of the city’s historical heritage. French forces under the command of General Humbert help in a rout of the British garrison in the town during the failed Irish rebellion in 1798, which was so extensive that it would later be known as “The Races of Castlebar”. [1] A short-lived provisional Republic of Connaught was declared after the victory and John Moore, director of the Mayo united Irishmen and the brother of a local landowner, was declared its Chairman. His remains now buried in a corner of the town green, called the Mall, past the cricket grounds of Lord Lucan, whose family (the Bingham) have owned and still owns large parts of the city and county. [2] The town received its charter from King James II 1613, and today is governed by a town council, a division of Mayo County Council.Lake in Castlebar is also known as the Lough Lannagh.

The Irish National Land League was founded by Michael Davitt in Straide in County Mayo, at the Imperial Hotel in Castlebar 21 October 1879. [3]

The name of the city comes from the castle was built in 1235 (see above). [4]This castle appears in the top of the weapon, with two yew trees on either side because Castlebar is the county town of Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo , which means “plain of the yew”) . Slottsruinen remains. The crosses represent the parish Aglish (the official name of the parish Castlebar). 1798 ‘Races of Castlebar “celebrated with Pikes in the upper left corner. Underneath the words or “Ar Aghaidh” is found, which means “Forward”.


Castlebar expanded rapidly during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. [5]

Castlebar population most at the end of 1990, increased by a third in six years, but this growth has slowed in recent years. According to the 2011 census, it stands at 10 826 in city limits and 12,318 with the surroundings. [6]As a comparison, in 1926 the population in Castlebar was 4256th [7]


Castlebar is the site of important festivals and traditions, among which is the international four-day Walk. [8] A well-established blues festival at locations throughout the city took place over many years on the weekend before the first Monday in June, but has not happened since 2011 . [9] in the 1970s and 1980s, the city hosts international Castlebar Song Contest which was televised nationally on RTÉ. [10] Museum of Country Life is located in the outskirts of Castlebar, and is the only branch of the National Museum of Ireland located outside Dublin. [11]

Castlebar is home to the Line Hall Arts Centre, exhibiting visual art throughout the year, as well as hosting live drama and music performances.[12] The Line Hall also organizes an annual children’s art festival called Röölä Boola (a Anglicisation of the Irish phrase Ri Ra agus ruaile buaile in this context means “boisterous fun”). Royal Theatre and Event Centre, with a capacity of 2200 firmly in place, four thousand standing, [13] is hosted large scale productions and popular concerts.

There are Catholic, Church of Ireland (Anglican), Elim Pentecostal and evangelical (Calvary Church Castlebar) churches in the city. There are also several Spiritualist gatherings. It is a recently established choir Mayo and Mayo Concert Orchestra. There is also a marching band in the city – one of the few surviving bands west of the Shannon. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Castlebar experienced significant immigration, growth and investment.


Castlebar has a selection of places to eat and drink. There is a wide range of different types of foods available: Italian, Indian, Chinese, Irish, and fast food, as well as cafes.

A lot of the pubs closed during the construction boom of the 1990s. In 1990, Castlebar had 54 licensed premises, although this number had dropped to fewer than 30 pubs 2008. Castlebar is a garrison borough; It was a tradition of free markets mostly sell the cattle, which meant that there was a healthy drink during the day trading in Castlebar, but it has disappeared. For a combination of factors such as the introduction of the smoking ban and the EU single payment subsidies to farmers, most pubs offer food to subsidize the reduction in alcohol sales. [ Citation needed ] One of the oldest pubs in Castlebar, John McHale pub, located on the new line. The pub is known for its sales of a Meejum Guinness, which is slightly less than a pint. It once had “the best pint of Guinness in Ireland, according to a national tabloid. [14]


Castlebar is traditionally a market town, and it is still a great destination for shoppers from all over the west of Ireland. There is an increasing number of national and international retail chains, and several new shopping areas have evolved over the last 10-12 years about what was considered the outskirts of the city. The modern shopping precinct along Hopkins Road is now the commercial center of the city, surpassing Main Street. Shops are Argos, Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Aldi, next, Lidl, Supervalu, boots, TK Maxx, New Look, Shaw, Heatons, Elverys and Penney, as well as smaller names like Paul Carthy menswear, Irwin Interiors and Liam cannons Fruit & Veg. [ citation needed ]

In January 2012 it was confirmed that Castlebar is the second largest commercial center in Connacht, after the city of Galway. It comes in advance Sligo. A survey by consultants Experian showed that € 284 million spent in the customers in Castlebar each year. The Irish Retail Centre Rankings shows Castlebar is the 7th largest trading site in Ireland (one up from the previous survey) in terms of retail spending, and 12 on the island of Ireland. [ Citation needed ]

Castlebar is also home to Baxter Healthcare, Volex and Fort Wayne Metals[15]



Castlebar is served by the N5 national head managed and N60 and N84 national secondary roads. In 1990, a relief road was built around Castlebar remove through traffic on the N5 from the main street. This road is a basic two-lane road. It suffers from chronic congestion, especially during the summer months when thousands of tourists must negotiate the bottleneck on the way to neighboring Westport and Achill Island. A bypass of Castlebar dual carriageway standard approved by the [16] An Bord Pleanála in July 2014, but construction has not yet begun.


Castlebar train station is a station on the Dublin to Westport service.Passengers can travel to Ballina and Foxford by traveling to Manulla Junction and change trains [17]

The station was opened on December 17, 1862. [18]



  • Errew NS (Mixed)
  • Snugboro NS (Mixed)
  • St Patrick’s De La Salle NS (boys only)
  • St Angela’s National School (girls only)
  • Scoil Raifterí (Mixed)
  • Breaffy NS (Mixed)
  • Derry Wash NS (Mixed)
  • Parke NS (Mixed)
  • Crimlin NS (Mixed)
  • Manulla NS (Mixed)


  • St. Gerald College De La Salle (boys only)
  • St. Joseph’s High School (girls only)
  • Davitt College (Mixed vocational school)

third level

  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology – GMIT
  • Mayo VEC



The local Gaelic football and hurling teams are Castlebar Mitchels GAA club. Throughout its history the club has won 27 Mayo Senior Football Championship and the Mayo senior hurling championship title. Castlebar Mitchels is second Ballina Stephenites in terms of the number of championships won. [ Citation needed ] After a few years in the doldrums, the club regained its place among Mayo’s elite leading football clubs in 2005. The club has a very strong youth structure. On March 17, 2014 the club finished second in the All Ireland football club championship. MacHale Park in Castlebar is one of the major GAA grounds in Ireland, with a capacity of 42,000. The Mayo County Board has recently built a new grandstand with changing rooms and offices on the bottom and plans to add fifteen additional rows of seating for “Albany” end. A press and TV stand has been built on MacHale roadside. Other nearby GAA clubs include Breaffy GAA, GAA and Parke Ballyvary Hurling Club.


The local football team is Castlebar Celtic FC (est 1924), which currently has a team that plays in Mayo Super League and a leading women’s side play in the Continental Women’s National League. [19] There is also a thriving youth structure that gives teams from under 10s the under 18s boys and under 14 to under 17 for girls and one for eight Academy. Since the introduction of school football, the club has seen unprecedented success of all ages at the county, provincial and national level. They play their home games at Celtic Park, in the center of the city. Their traditional tape consists of green and white hoops, white shorts and white socks. Castlebar Town FC was formed in the 1970s (which Castlebar United) as an alternative to Celtic. Their band consisting of black and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks.Other notable local teams include Snugboro United (yellow and blue strip), Ballyheane FC, Manulla FC (blue and white or green Strip) and Ballyvary Blue Bombers (Blue Strip).


Castlebar RFC, a rugby union club founded in the 1970s, is located on Cloondeash the outskirts of the city. There are several places and a clubhouse on site, and the club is actively involved in the region (Connacht Junior League Div.1) and national league competitions. Castlebar won Cawley Cup 2009. The ladies team that was formed in 2012, won the Connacht Development League Final in November 2013. The club plays in a navy and light blue ribbons.

Other sports

There is an 18-hole golf course in the city, as well as active basketball, badminton, tennis and other clubs. It offers a heated indoor pool and there are many gyms.

There are also several martial arts clubs show a variety of disciplines, including Karate, Kickboxing, Savate, Krav Maga, Haidong Gumdo, Ninjitsu, and Tai Chi. Over the years, Castlebar hosted several major international Martial Arts seminar with teachers such as S. Kato Sensei (9th Dan Shotokan), T. Nagamine-sei Hanshi (10th Dan Matsubayashi-ryu), Kim Jeong Seong (9. Dan Haedong Kumdo) and Tommy Lawlor (15 dan Bujinkan Ninjutsu). Castlebar also played host to WOMAA World Martial Games in both 2007 and 2008, which saw hundreds of competitors from around the world compete in the three-day event. [20]

annalistic references

The Annals of the Four Masters makes no reference to the Castlebar area, then known as Claenglais:

  • 1524. Large inclemency of the weather, and mortality of livestock, in the beginning of the year.
  • M1535.8. Mac Auliffe had a great battle, which killed Lord Claenglais and Mac Gibbon, with a large battalion of Clann-Sheehy. Maelmurry, son of Brian Mac Sweeny, was killed at the beginning and the fury of the conflict.
  • 1576. 13. Edmond Mac William Burke, Castlebar, joined sons, Earl; and the consequence for him was that Lord Justice took Castlebar from him and exiled himself, with his wife and children, in the Clan Rickard.


See also: Category: People from Castlebar.

  • TwinUlick Bourke, scholar, founder of the Gaelic Union
  • Louis Brennan, inventor
  • Margaret Burke-Sheridan, opera singer
  • Ryan Connolly, footballer
  • Michael Feeney, president and founder of the Mayo Peace Park
  • Mr Flynn, former Minister and EU Commissioner
  • Charles Haughey, former Prime Minister
  • Enda Kenny, current Prime Minister
  • Mark mellett, current Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces
  • John MacHale, Archbishop of Tuam, Irish independence leader
  • Michael Neary Current Metropolitan Tuam
  • Michael Murphy, broadcaster, journalist, psychoanalyst
  • Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), prominent officer in the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence and the anti-Treaty side in the Irish Civil War; also a writer.
  • William Joyce Sewell Unionist colonel during the Civil War. US Senator from New Jersey.

See also: List of twin town in Ireland

Castlebar is twinned with the following places:

  • Ancona, Italy
  • Auray, France
  • Ballymena, UK
  • Dixon, Illinois, United States [23]
  • Höchstadt, Germany
  • Peekskill, New York, USA

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland
  • Museum of Country Life, Castlebar, County Mayo
  • Mayo Peace Park Lannagh Road, Castlebar.


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  18. Jump up ^ “Castlebar station” (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways .Retrieved six September of 2007.
  19. Jump up ^ “Clubs: Castlebar Celtic FC.” Women’s National League .FAI. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
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  21. Jump up ^ and for post 1821 numbers, 1813 estimate from Mason statistical survey For a discussion of the accuracy of pre-famine census return see JJ Lee “on the accuracy of pre -svält Irish bills Irish population, economy and society, edited by JM Gold Strom and LA Clarkson (1981) P54, and also in New developments in the Irish population history, 1700-1850 by Joel Mokyr and Cormac O Grada in the economic history Review, New Series, Vol. 37, No. 4 (November 1984), pp. 473-488.
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  23. Jump up ^ Castlebar Town Council – Twin Towns