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    Museum of Irish Country Life

    by RhineRoll Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Museum of Country Life is located in Turlough, on the N 5, about 5 km from Castlebar. It enjoys a beautiful setting on the grounds of the former Fitzgerrald estate.

    What is there to see? An old "big house", a very good exhibition presented in a modern building within a lovely park setting. The museum cafeteria does excellent scones!

    Very good wheelchair access throughout the premises.

    Bummer:
    The museum boasts about its unromantic look at life, but I feel it has left out some of the more controversial and unpleasant aspects: Apart from the information that tinsmiths were also called tinkers, I couldn't find anything about the Irish travellers. Either it's hidden successfully or missing completely. Another blackout on institutions like the Magdalene Laundries. One could argue of course that these things don't really belong to a museum devoted to country life, but what happened to an unwed mother in rural Co. Galway in, say,1900? Becoming pregnant without being married wasn't a problem in rural Galway in 1900?

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    One of the things I love about...

    by Enzo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    One of the things I love about the west of Ireland, that untamed rugged beauty. Much of this area can be described as 'off the beaten path'. Although it does get some tourists, not really in large enough numbers to spoil the country side.

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    Killary Harbour....I think...

    by Enzo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Killary Harbour....I think this is Luisbourg.
    A VERY small place, i think there is only a shop and a pub/petrol station. Totally beautiful though!!!

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    The road into Westport. I have...

    by Enzo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The road into Westport. I have been here 3-4 times but unfortunatly all i can say is this is a must-visit town!

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    We took a small trip around...

    by Enzo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    We took a small trip around the west in general, here are some photos from that trip.
    I dont know the exact locations, Mayo is all i can tell you!

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