Féile na Tuaithe!

Féile na Tuaithe – Bringing the Museum to life

21-22 May 2016

Féile na Tuaithe -Turlough Park, one of the biggest free family festivals in the West, returns to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life outside Castlebar in Co. Mayo on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2016. Entry and car parking are free of charge and crowds of up to 30,000 are expected over the two day event. A combination of familiar offerings with new and innovative attractions packs the programme. All elements have a direct connection with the exhibitions within the Museum itself which showcases traditional country life since the 19th century.

Féile na Tuaithe brings the Museum to life effortlessly connecting with visitors of all ages.  The extensive site is full to bursting with the sights and sounds of traditional Irish life, and a full programme of entertainment, demonstrations, workshops, music and art for children and adults alike.


A dozen live demonstrations showcase a living history of strong Irish craft traditions ranging from a modern take on traditional weaving from Claremorris-based Wild Cocoon, to the time honoured traditions of Nephin Whiskey’s master cooper. Vintage farm machinery and a visit to the Animal Village with horses, cows, donkeys, Moiled Cattle, Blackface Sheep, pigs, and poultry, provide a glimpse into agricultural history. Woodland trails full of mythical creations and large-scale artwork provide the perfect reason to explore the Museum’s grounds, and then continue that exploration within the Museum’s galleries. Younger visitors can enjoy hands-on art and craft activities, face painting and traditional games, and the Craft and Food Villages provide exceptional opportunities for a bit of shopping and perhaps an outdoor meal enjoyed alongside a live performance from one of the musical acts in the Entertainment Village.

Raghnall Ó Floinn, Director of the National Museum, is a strong supporter of the Museum’s flagship festival, “If the Museum of Country Life is very much about the lives of ordinary people in rural Ireland in the relatively recent past, Féile na Tuaithe is the natural extension of the Museum’s remit to bring the craft dimension of the lives of our recent ancestors to public attention in an enjoyable and family friendly way,” he said. Tony Candon, Manager Keeper of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, is proud of the strong connection between the festival and the Museum itself, “Féile na Tuaithe is grounded in the National Folklife Collection which we are proud to have here in Mayo. Everything in Féile derives from the collection and truly brings the Museum to life during this, the most joyful of festivals. With nearly one hundred different participants, there is something for everyone, young and old.”  He also was fulsome in his thanks to all sponsors, saying, “I want to sincerely thank all our sponsors and our principal partner, Mayo County Council, without whom Féile na Tuaithe would not be possible”.

Féile na Tuaithe is supported by Mayo County Council, Local Enterprise Offices (Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Donegal), Lookwest.ie, Bord Bia, Teagasc, Music Generation, Mayo Artsquad, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Connaught Telegraph, MidWest Radio, Spear Design and Cashin Print.

Volunteers are required for Féile na Tuaithe on May 21st and 22nd. Click here for more details!

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