Castlebar , County Mayo

A tree-bordered green is the focal point of this busy county town. It has been a town of stature since the 16th century , receiving a royal charter from James I in 1613. A variety of wars , however , has meant that little of the old settlement remains.

Historically it is best known for its role in the 1798 Rebellion , when the numerically inferior Franco-Irish forced the retreat of Gen. Lake’s troops from the town to as far as Tuam and Athlone. The retreat of the British cavalry was so fast that it became known as ‘The Races of Castlebar’!

Castlebar has a rich history that makes it a must see on your tours of Ireland.