DISCOVER how Turlough Park House – a striking, Victorian Gothic mansion dating to 1863 and the former ancestral home of the Fitzgerald family – became the only National Museum of Ireland site located outside Dublin on Saturday 12 October from 2-3pm. Historian Christy Lawless delves into the story as part of the Open House Celebrations at The National Museum of Country Life in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Bookings required. For further information, call 094-9031 751 or email

SAVOUR a Taste of the Lakelands on Sunday 13 October. Based in Ballyleague and Lanesborough in Co Longford, this one-day festival will focus on local food and beverage producers supported by local craft businesses. Visitors can also look forward to cooking demonstrations from both renowned and local chefs. There is something for all ages to enjoy, so come along and experience this mouth-watering spectacle. Free admission. This event is part of Fáilte Ireland’s Taste The Island initiative. For further information, visit