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The historical town of Castlebar is the county town seat of Mayo with a population of some 7,500 people. Established in the 11th century around the De Barra castle, Castlebar later became a garrison outpost during the Irish and French rebellion in the late 18th century. Renowned as birth place to inventor Louis Brennan and soprano Margaret Sheridan, Castlebar boasts of important historical landmark sites and monuments which commemorate its rich heritage through the ages.

Modern day Castlebar offers a wonderful array of interesting shops and leisure attractions to visitors to the region. The Sculpture Trail is a series of bronze, stone, steel, timber works of art in the town centre. Castlebar is host to a range of festivals throughout the year including exhibitions at the Linenhall Arts Centre, the Blues Festival in June, Celebration of the Senses in October and the Portwest Castlebar International Four Day Walks event over the stunning countryside of mountains and broad bogs of Mayo.

Anglers will not be disappointed with some of the best fishing in Connaught nearby with an abundance of lakes and waterways all within a twenty minute drive from the town. Castlebar's flagship leisure and accommodation centre, Lough Lannagh Village, is set within a mature landscape with a lakeside view of the majestic mountain, Croagh Patrick. The township of Castlebar offers all sports facilities including an 18 hole golf championship course as well as par three courses and driving ranges, the highlight being the Castlebar Golf Clubs Open Week in June.

Having won a place in the Telecom Information Age Town Competition in 1997, Castlebar has become a leader in the provision of internet services to the populous of the town. An extensive community based website at www.castlebar.ie carries all local information, local news and events. This initiative has promoted e-commerce into the businesses of Castlebar and encouraged the community at large to utilize the facilities of the internet including e-mail communication. The township of Castlebar has embraced this opportunity and has pioneered the success of the Castlebar Server.

Castlebar has plenty of excellent accommodation from country house hotels and bed and breakfast to caravan and camping park facilities. Rich in Irish culture, art, entertainment and restaurants, Castlebar is well worth a visit for its warm hospitality to both tourist and business traveler. Accessible by road, train and air, Castlebar is the gateway town to the beautiful and unspoiled county of Mayo.

Useful contact details for Castlebar
Castlebar Chamber of Commerce tel: (353) (0)94 24845
Mayo County Enterprise Board tel: (353) (0)94 24444
Allied Irish Bank tel: (353) (0)94 21433
Castlebar Airport tel: (353) (0)94 22862
Castlebar Railway Station tel: (353) (0)94 21222
Castlebar Tourism tel: (353) (0)94 26727
Bus Eireann tel: (353) (0)96 71800
North Western Fisheries Board tel: (353) (0)96 22788
Golf Club tel: (353) (0)94 21649
Par 3 Golf Course tel: (353) (0)94 23056
Lough Lannagh Village tel: (353) (0)94 27111
     
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