Celebrate country life at Féile na Tuaithe
The scene is set for Féile na Tuaithe 2010 at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar. Admission to this celebration of traditional rural life is absolutely free, and the hugely popular event runs on Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and 23rd, from 12pm to 5pm, on the extensive grounds of Turlough Park House.
This year's line-up includes the colourful and crazy antics of the fabulous Fanzini Brothers, who top the bill on our programme of family-friendly activities. There will also be musical entertainment to beat the band, with something to suit all tastes and age-groups.
In addition, visitors will be able to join our demonstrators, and take part in traditional activities including sean nós dancing, bushcraft, candle making and spinning - or watch skilled blacksmiths and tinsmiths at their crafts.
Our award-winning Education and Outreach Department will be on hand to help make harvest knots - traditional Irish love tokens that are guaranteed to make a special impression.
Making a welcome return to Féile na Tuaithe 2010 are the West of Ireland Spaniel Club who will run their very popular working tests for springer and cocker spaniels in association with the Irish Kennel Club.
Also on the programme are Mayo Art Squad who will develop their acclaimed ‘New Ground' community art project, in conjunction with the Arts Office of Mayo County Council.
Wildlife ranger Maurice McDonnell will explain the many animal habitats on the museum grounds, leading walks that will help work up an appetite for the tempting range of home produce in our food marquee and restaurant. The best in contemporary and traditional craft items will also be available in our tented craft village, with many new and talented producers exhibiting this year.
And if you've ever yearned to grown your own fruit, flowers or vegetables, there'll be plenty of tips and advice from our horticulture demonstrators.
Attracting more than 20,000 visitors per annum, Féile na Tuaithe is one of the west's most popular family festivals. Now in its sixth year, it's the perfect opportunity to visit the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, and learn more about the traditions of bygone days.