The scene wass set for Féile na Tuaithe 2010 at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Castlebar. Admission to this celebration of traditional rural life was absolutely FREE, and the hugely popular event ran on Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and 23rd, from 12pm to 5pm, on the extensive grounds of Turlough Park House, Castlebar.
HIGHLIGHTS
FOOD STANDS
Connemara Smokehouse – Smoked fish and seafood
Rua Deli – Baked goods, hot foods, jams & sauces
Lamb Direct – Local lamb and lamb products
Martina’s Homemade Boxty – Homemade boxty
Born to Bake – Home Baking
Castlebar Country Markets – Jams, baked goods & home-grown veg
Meadowsweet Apiaries – Honey products
South Mayo Chilli Farm – Spicy chilli plants
Wine of the Glen – Irish country wines
Marlene’s Chocolate Heaven – Handmade chocolates
Kardemumma Tea & Coffee – Specialist tea and coffee
Country Kitchen Catering – Produce from a country kitchen
Norah’s Farmhouse Fudge – Homemade Fudge
Dunwal – Aloe Vera health products
The Juicing Factory – Health juices
The Scullery – Plum puddings, sauces and relishes
Le Bouchon Occitan – French Wines
And many more………..
DEMONSTATIONS
Bread Making
Bushcraft
Blacksmith
Candle-Making
Wood-Turing
Spinning
Stained Glass
Traditional Knots
Pottery
And a load more…….
This year’s line-up included the colourful and crazy antics of the fabulous Fanzini brothers, who top the bill on Turlough’s programme of family-friendly activities. There was also musical entertainment to beat the band, with something to suit all tastes and age-groups.
In addition, visitors were able to join the 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.
The award-winning Education and Outreach Department was 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 were the West of Ireland Spaniel Club who ran their very popular working tests for springer and cocker spaniels in association with the Irish Kennel Club.
Also on the programme were 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 was there to explain the many animal habitats on the museum grounds, leading walks that help work up an appetite for the tempting range of home produce in the food marquee and restaurant. The best in contemporary and traditional craft items will were available in the 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 was plenty of tips and advice from the 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.
 

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