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2011 Local Festivals & Events in Westport and Co. Mayo, Ireland

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Festival
18th - 20th March 2011
The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Festival is a 3-day guided walk along the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail from Balla to Murrisk at the base of Mayo's Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick. The Trail is 61km and transport will be provided to and from the start/finish points on each day. Visit  Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Website.

Easter Walking Festival in Westport
22nd – 24th April 2011
A choice of two walks are available in the Easter Walking Festival in Westport; moderate/easy and hard/strenuous on each of the three days. Visit Easter Walking Festival website.

Féile Chois Cuain
29th April – 2nd May 2011
Féile Chois Cuain is a traditional Irish music, song and dance Festival held in Louisburgh. The Festival features music & singing master-classes, set dance workshop & céili, concerts and sessions. Visit Feile Chois Cuain website.

Achill Walks Festival
29th April – 2nd May 2011
The Achill Walks Festival is an annual event with guided walks which take in sites of historical & archaeological interest as well as the great natural beauty of the island. Visit Achill Walks Festival website.

Connemara Adventure Challenge 7th May 2011
The race will take the format of Gaelforce West with 3 disciplines; trail/mountain running (walking and jogging also accepted!), Kayaking and cycling. The course will be mega and the scenery spectacular.  The Connemara Adventure Challenge is almost half the distances of Gaelforce West at approx 26km in total and it is open to racers of all levels. The event will be run by Killary Adventure Co.  For more info on the challenge see Gaelforce Events.

Leenane Mountain Walking Festival 29th April - 1st May 2011
The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival will be taking place over the May bank holiday weekend, the 1st and 2nd, in Leenane, Co. Galway. There will be easy, medium and hard level walks with local guides to suit all levels of fitness and skill. Bring your family to the family fun day on the Sunday and finish the weekend on a high with a BBQ and a Ceili on the Sunday night! For more information and to book you place visit www.leenanevillage.com

Fleadh Cheoil Maigheo
5th – 8th May 2011
Fleadh Cheoil Maigheo is a festival of Irish traditional music, song and dance held in Claremorris. People from the age of 10 years and older compete to qualify for the provincial Fleadh Cheoil held later in the year. Visit Fleadh Cheoil Maigheo website.

Feile Na Tuaithe – Turlough House
21st – 22nd May 2011
Féile na Tuaithe is a free two-day celebration of Country Life Today held at the National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park. Visit Féile na Tuaithe website.

Tri-Burgh Race - Louisburgh  
4th June 2011
Tri-Burgh is a standard olympic distance Triathlon taking place on the 5th June 2010 in Louisburgh Co. Mayo. It is set in some amazing scenery and includes some challenges specific to the geography of West Mayo.  Check out www.triburgh.ie for all the details.

Castlebar Blues Festival
3rd – 6th June 2011
Castlebar Blues Festival is the longest running blues festival in Ireland. There is free music in all the main pubs and headline acts perform in the Royal Theatre. Traditionally a lively weekend of music with artists from all over the world. Visit Castlebar Blues Festival website.

Westport Horse & Pony Show

5th & 6th June 2011
Dating back to 1741, Westport Horse and Pony Show has long been an annual favourite among locals and visitors alike. It is held in Knockranny, Westport and is the perfect way to kick-start your summer. Visit Westport Horse and Pony Show website.

Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival
24th – 22nd June 2011
Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival showcases the best of local, national and international folk and bluegrass acts. The Festival also consists of music workshops, musical lunch and pub gigs. Visit Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival website.

Castlebar International 4-day Walking Festival
June 30th - July 4th 2011
Walk with the world in Castlebar during the summer of 2010 - our 43rd anniversary! These walks are all about having fun and forging friendships that span the globe. Four days of walking, talking, rambling, music, song and dance, a time to form friendships with kindred spirits. There are 10km, 20km, 30km and 40km walks, and a 6-hour ramble. For more details about the Castlebar International 4-day Walking Festival, log onto www.castlebar4dayswalks.com

Westport International Sea Angling Festival
24th – 22nd June 2011
Westport International Sea Angling Festival is a 1-day shore event and 3-day boat event in the beautiful waters of Clew Bay. Now in its 55th year, it is the longest-running Sea Angling event in Europe. Visit Westport International Sea Angling Festival website.

Ballina Salmon Festival
10th – 17th July 2011
Ballina Salmon Festival is Ireland’s premier family-orientated Festival giving thousands of people, eight days of fun-filled artistic and cultural events catering for all age groups. The Lady of the Moy competition and the street festival are among the many highlights. Visit Ballina Salmon Festival website.

Feile Bia Na Mara – Achill Seafood Festival
14th – 17th July 2011
Féile Bia na Mara – Achill Seafood Festival is a weekend of fun and feasting to celebrate Achill’s rich maritime heritage and seafood culture. Visit Féile Bia na Mara website.

Reek Sunday Annual Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, The Holy Mountain
31st July 2011
The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation. The black bell of St. Patrick was a highly venerated relic on Croagh Patrick for many years. On 'Reek Sunday', the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims visit the Reek. For more details about the Annual Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday, click here.

Westport Music Festival
Date TBC (maybe 4th – 7th Aug 2011)
Westport Music Festival features national and international music acts throughout the town. There are lots of activities for all ages including the extremely popular heritage day. Visit Westport Music Festival website.

Gaelforce West
August 20th 2011
Gaelforce West is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world. The 2010 event takes place on Saturday August 21st. Killary Adventure Co will be running Gaelforce West and all other Gaelforce Events this year. It is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking. The course of approximately 65km stretches from the stunning Glassilaun beach to Westport. En route there are some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Harbour and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. The event is designed for solo competitors, but you can run it with a buddy or training partner. For more details about Gaelforce 2011, click here.

Westport Get Out There! Adventure Festival
18th – 21st August 2011
Westport Get Out There! Adventure Festival turns the whole town into a series of adventure sports, each featuring a different adventure sport or activity. The festival includes activities for children, teens and adults, both with or without experience. As the name suggests, it’s all about getting out there and trying something new! Visit Westport Get Out There! Adventure Festival website.

National Heritage Week
20th – 28th August 2011
here’s lots of fun in store for you during National Heritage Week. Check out our video for a snapshot of what’s on offer! From medieval fairs, night time bat walks, classical music, poetry, theatre, traditional music, storytelling, historical re-enactments, local history walks and talks, maritime and coastal events, food fairs, traditional skills workshops and archaeological digs. There’s something for everyone and most events are free!  www.heritageweek.ie

Achill Summer Walks Festival
27th – 29th August 2011
Explore the secluded beaches, hills and secrets of Achill’s stunning landscape during this walking festival. There are walks for all levels and all of the walks will be guided by a fully qualified local guide. Visit Achill Summer Walks Festival website.

The Helm Skate Festival
1st – 3rd September 2011
The Helm Skate Festival is now in its 17th year and the prospect of catching one of Clew Bay’s monster skate is a key factor in attracting anglers from all over Europe to this end-of-season event. This is the brainchild of local publican, Vinny Keogh. The prospect of catching one of Clew Bay's monster skate is a key factor in attracting anglers from all over Europe to this end-of-season event. Such is the popularity of this event, numbers are restricted to 150 anglers. Prize fund for this event is €6,000. Visit The Helm Skate Festival website.

Westport Horse Fair
24th September 2011
Westport Horse Fair dates back to 1741, and has many classes of ponies and horses on the day. The fair includes showing classes in the morning and also a dog show. Visit Westport Horse Fair website.

Westport Arts Festival
30th September – 9th October 2011
Now in its 33rd year, Westport Arts Festival has long since established itself on the West coast calendar as an exciting and diverse event. The festival is a locally-run event and gives an exciting insight into the lively community in Westport with a feast of theatre, dance, recital and music. There are children’s events, exhibitions and workshops. Visit Westport Arts Festival website.

RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Festival
28th – 30th October 2011
RoolaBoola is the Linenhall Art Centre’s funky and fantastic arts festival for young people, with a packed programme of quality shows, events and workshops for ages 2-16 years and their families. It takes place in Castlebar. Visit RoolaBoola website.

Westport Sea 2 Summit Adventure Festival
Dates TBC November 2011
The Westport Sea 2 Summit adventure race is a unique event based in the adventure capital of Ireland, Westport. The race will incorporate all the thrills that Westport has to offer, Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, the Sheaffry Mountains and the new Greenway. Visit Westport Sea to Summit website.

Shop ‘n Spraoi na Nollag
Date TBC Nov / Dec 2011
Westport Mall is transformed into a winter wonderland and shoppers paradise, where visitors can purchase handmade, authentic and unique Christmas gifts for all the family. Visit Shop ‘n Spraoi na Nollag website.

National Famine Memorial Day, 2011
Murrisk is home to the evocative National Famine Monument. The sculpture by John Behan depicts a ‘Coffin Ship’ with skeletal bodies and commemorates the Great Famine of the 1840s and is the largest bronze sculpture in Ireland and will likely form a central part of the Memorial day. The parallel international event will be held in New York. For more information about the National Famine Memorial Day, Murrisk, Westport, Co. Mayo, click here.

 

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