The History of Castlebar
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Geographically located in the centre of County Mayo, Castlebar has been at the heart of the county’s
affairs for centuries and has been the scene of major events in Irish history. From prehistory to the
twenty-first century, The History of Castlebar tells the county capital’s story, and that of its inhabitants, through a series of glimpses into the past.
'The History of Castlebar' takes the reader through the town's history in accessible chapters, each one dealing with a specific facet of the town's history. Readers will be enthralled by the descriptions of the town's early Castle, from which Castlebar gets its name. Castlebar sports clubs, businesses and street names, among many others interesting topics are dealt with in this wonderful book.
Noel Campbell is a Castlebar native and resides in the town. He attended Saint Patrick’s NS and Saint
Gerald’s College, and is a graduate of NUIG and UCD. He is employed as a curator in the National
Museum of Ireland – Country Life, where he has worked since the branch opened in 2001.
Noel has written frequently about the history of Castlebar and County Mayo. He is the author of A History of Castlebar: Municipal Government 1613–2014 and also wrote the weekly history column, ‘Old Mayo’ in the Mayo Advertiser. As a presenter of Community Radio Castlebar’s flagship programme, Saturday Forum, Noel discussed local history with many guest contributors. Noel is a former elected member of Castlebar Town Council and has volunteered with several organisations in his home town.
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