Guide to Castlebar/Places of Interest

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Posted by Jean on July 24, 2001 at 00:04:54:

Well here we go again, can't remember where I left off, so if there is a duplication,
forgive me.

Margaret Burke-Sheridan: the birthplace of this world renowned singer was once a post-
office, as her father held the position of postmaster for many years. A plaque to her honour
can be seen on the wall. From 1914 to 1935 she ruled supreme as a soprano, particularly as
La Sheridan of La Scala.

The Garda Barracks: Originally the Cavalry Barracks. This building was occupied by the Gardai
in the late 1920's. Originally two carved lions topped the pillars, but these disappeared some
20 years ago.

Green Bay - Fire Station: These five houses were once the residences of civil servants. The
doorways show the progression of the "Georgian" style very well, progressing from the very simple
to the finely worked.

Christ Church: Completed in 1739 and renovated between 1800 and 1828. This is one of the most
important historical monuments in the town. The churchyard contains many interesting headstone.
The plaque just inside the main gate is the only contemporary record extant of the 1798 period.
The interior of the Church is an excellent record of Castlebar from 1590 to 1914.

Thats all for now folks.

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