Posted by THE INDEPENDENT on December 01, 2011 at 14:48:08:
FromLibrary Ireland I found the following -
CASTLEBAR, a market and post-town, and a parish (formerly a parliamentary borough), in the barony of CARRA, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 44 miles (S.W.) from Sligo, and 125 ¼ (W. by N.) from Dublin; containing 11,805 inhabitants, of which number, 6373 are in the town. This place owes its rise and importance to the ancestor of its present proprietor, Sir John Bingham, who, in 1609, obtained for it the grant of a market and fair. In 1613, James I. granted the inhabitants a charter of incorporation, under which the government of the town was vested in a portreeve, fifteen free burgesses and a commonalty, with power to hold a court of record every Monday for the recovery of debts not exceeding five marks. The charter also conferred upon the portreeve and free burgesses the right of returning two members to the Irish parliament; and in 1620, the inhabitants received a grant of a second annual fair. After the quelling of the disturbances of 1798, in the autumn of that year the French, under the command of General Humbert, having landed in the bay of Kilcummin on the 22nd of August, made themselves masters of that town, and proceeded to Ballina, of which they took possession on the 24th. On the following day, General Hutchinson arrived at this place from Galway, and being joined on the evening of the 26th by Lieut.-General Lake, every disposition was made for the reception of the invaders, who, after an obstinate contest, made themselves masters of the town, of which they kept possession for some days; but learning that the Marquess Cornwallis was approaching with his army, General Humbert abandoned the place, and retreated with his forces towards Sligo.
If the above makes Castlebar 409 Yrs Old then the 400th Anniversary was missed !!!
If not and it can be deemed to be 398 years, then there's an opportunity out there to promote the 400th. year with special events .. sush as a National Stamp release, and anything else possible - Poster / Design Competitions, special commerative items ????
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