Tag: Castlebar

Castlebar (Irish: Caisleán an Bharraigh, meaning “Barry’s Castle”) is the county town of County Mayo, Ireland. It is in the middle of the county and is its largest town by population. Castlebar’s population boomed in the late 1990s, rising by one-third in six years, though this growth has slowed in recent years. A campus of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and the Country Life section of the National Museum of Ireland are two important local amenities. The town is linked by railway to Dublin, Westport and Ballina. The town has several small satellite villages around it, such as Breaffy, Ballyheane, Turlough, Ballyvary,Parke and Crimlin. The main route by road is the N5. Its economy is primarily service-based. The population of its urban area as of 2011 is 12,318.
The modern town grew up as a settlement around the de Barry castle, which was built by a Norman adventurer in 1235 and was later the site of an English garrison. The castle was located at the end of Castle Street, where…