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Lucky old Castlebar! As a Dublin-based friend pointed out, RUA is “the kind of place you’d love to find in any town of size, but often don’t.”

On that score, Castlebar is twice-blessed, for the McMahon siblings, Aran and Coleen, offer us both the original Café Rua, and the new kid on the block, Rua, an ace delicatessen with a beautiful restaurant upstairs. Ever since Ann McMahon first opened Café Rua, in 1995, the family have been devoted to the produce of County Mayo, and today their menus and shelves spill over with the ever-expanding array of good things from local artisans – Andarl farm bacon croquettes; Killary mussels with coconut and lime; Mayo beef with roast garlic mash; the great Mayo mezze board; West coast crab with avocado and pickles. Great grub, great destinations, and the spirit of the town.

Colleen McMahon
Rua Deli: Spencer Street, Castlebar; Cafe Rua: New Antrim Street, County Mayo
094 928 6072 (Rua Deli) 094 9023376 (Cafe Rua)

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