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Rural heritage and tourism in Ireland: A County Mayo case study

Rural heritage and tourism in Ireland: A County Mayo case study

Kelly, Catherine ORCID: 0000-0002-7776-1874 (2017) Rural heritage and tourism in Ireland: A County Mayo case study. In: Hooper, Glenn, (ed.) Heritage and Tourism in Britain and Ireland. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 113-126. ISBN 978-1137520821 (doi:

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Much of Ireland’s heritage is by default a rural one, and tourism is a mainstay of many rural livelihoods. This chapter examines constructs of rural heritage and rural tourism in Ireland generally, but with a particular emphasis on the western seaboard county of Mayo. A typological framework of heritage tourism will be presented in the form of selected case studies: neolithic rural heritage tourism is presented via the site of the Ceide Fields; Intangible rural heritage is assessed via the town of Westport and examines music, festivals, the arts and Croagh Patrick as sites for tourism engagement; natural rural heritage examines Ballycroy national park, and a final section evaluates how the Museum of Country Life interprets and presents themes of rural heritage more formally to visitors as a key national cultural institution located in the west of Ireland. There follows a narrative on how differing forms of the rural (landscape, society, performance and culture) are commodified in heritage tourism contexts across the county. A case study approach allows readers of this text to access short examples set within a definitional and analytical framework.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Copyright Holder: The Author
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heritage tourism; Rural tourism; Ireland; Mayo; Cultural tourism; Landscape tourism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
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