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Turlough, from the Irish meaning “dry place”, is a village in County Mayo, 6 km from Castlebar.

The village is known for the presence of the Museum of Country Life and for its well-preserved and unusually squat round tower, built between 900 and 1200.

Turlough is one of the ancient places associated with St Patrick.

In 441, St Patrick’s Church was built here but the Cromwellians destroyed it in 1654. The ruins of the old church and interesting stone sculpture can still be seen.

In the eighteenth century, the area was the home of a branch of the FitzGerald family, distant cousins to the Earl of Desmond. 

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