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re: Is Castlebar 402 or 398 years old

Posted by deBarra on December 01, 2011 at 21:13:10:

In Reply to: Is Castlebar 402 or 398 years old posted by THE INDEPENDENT on December 01, 2011 at 14:48:08:

The excerpt you found is from
"Samuel Lewis's topgraphical dictionary of Ireland 1837.

I can see what youre getting at.
However the first settlement in the area probaly grew after the Anglo Norman Castle was built in 13th century by a branch of the Barry family from Buttevant North Cork.

It is most likely that a notable settlement was in place in the vicinty up until the early development of the modern town with the arrival of the Bingham family and the construction of the first garrison in the 17th.

The "Samuel Lewis Topgraghy of Ireland 1837" is a great source compiled after a period in Ireland that saw the first mapping of the land and an increased influx of historical documentation take place.

Unfortunatley prior to this in the period up to the 15th-16th century very little written records of towns, territories, or lands exsist.

As a result I would say that it is impractical to try and establish a date for the birth of Castlebar.

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