Festivals & Events Mayo
The 9th Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival 2015
12th – 14th June 2015
THREE FULL DAYS OF PICKIN’, PLUCKIN’, BOWIN’, BLOWIN’, STRUMMIN’, SLAPPIN’, SLIDIN’ & OLD-STYLE HARMONISIN’ IN IRELAND’S ACOUSTIC-MUSIC CAPITAL, WESTPORT, COUNTY MAYO.
We’d like to invite you to come to what we think is the best boutique festival in the West of Ireland, the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, in association with The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland.
In its ninth year, the Festival will feature acts, from America, the UK, Europe, and of course Ireland – north and south – plus the Clew Bay Folk Club.
Over three days there’ll be a load of gigs, more than one massive session, Masterclasses and Workshops and some local instrument makers will be showcasing their craft to boot.
The music will be varied, from traditional bluegrass, through old-timey, cajun, blues and just plain old ‘folk’.
Almost everything is free and in local pubs, plus one restaurant but we’re also planning some showcase gigs in a local church and in the Westport Town Hall Theatre and Cultural Centre – if it gets built in time!
The Festival atmosphere is warm and open, where everyone – all generations, cultures and walks of life, locals and visitors – feel included and, most importantly, have fun. The audience consists of everyone from seasoned folk and bluegrass ‘buffs’ to casual music fans, plus people just out for the crack.
For further information visit http://westportfolkandbluegrass.com/
Great Greenway Cycle
13th June 2015
The next Great Greenway Cycle will take place on Saturday 13 June 2015.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Great Greenway Cycle in County Mayo. The course was completed in three hours and event organiser, Andrew Coleman, estimates that a fantastic €1,300 has been raised for Christian Aid by those taking part.
If you would be interested in taking part in 2015 or have any further questions please contact us:
• Call (00353) 23 884 1468
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Website: http://www.christianaid.ie/getinvolved/events/cycling/great-greenway-cycle.aspx
Atlantic Rhythm - The Show
Every Tuesday Night from 30th June til mid September 2015
A NEW production which combines both the theatrical side of a full show with a wonderful unique Interactive experience.
Summer 2015 starts a new exciting chapter for Atlantic Rhythm, introducing Atlantic Rhythm - The Show at Hotel Westport.
Hotel Westport is synonymous with hosting excellent shows over the years and this show is no different!
The Show will have a wealth of Mayo talent on stage. Music is by The Full House Ceili Band and Double-Take. Full House Ceili Band hail from Bonniconlon in Co. Mayo comprising of siblings Stephen, Sandra and Aisling Dempsey. They were invited to perform in Aras an Uachtarain by both former Presidents, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese and have performed on National & International radio and tv. They successfully toured North America taking in places such as Phoenix and Las Vegas. Double-Take are Tara Cawley and Barry Molloy, an acoustic group based in Ballina. They are currently cast in the hit musical Les Miserable which was a sell out show around Mayo and soon to go to Manchester. Their music genre ranges from Irish, Ballad, Current and Rock.
World Championship Dancers Eilish and Claire O’Kane. The O'Kane sisters from Ireland‘s Titanic village of Lahardane, are well known within the Irish dance circle. Both sisters have numerous titles and championships to their credit while also performing on the show The Emigrants’ Farewell since 2011.
The audience are in for a real treat when they meet the cast youngest members Cian Lavelle and Michaela Mullaney. Mayo’s very own Michael Flatley and Jean Butler!
The NEW Show is specifically choreographed for this season by Sheila Moffatt. Sheila, from Crossmolina has a wealth of experience in the traditional arts. Moffatt school of Irish Dancing has been training Irish Dance Champions for well over 20 years in North Mayo on both the closed and open platforms of Competitive Irish Dance.
Atlantic Rhythm Productions developed after the success of The Emigrants’ Farewell - a fictional story of a family emigrating on the Titanic from Lahardane Co. Mayo, portrayed through the traditional arts choreographed by the well-known Irish dance teacher.
In the summer of 2013, Atlantic Rhythm Productions opened their Ceili Cottage in the courtyard of Enniscoe House, Crossmolina, developing their interactive cultural evenings. The dancers and musicians have enjoyed entertaining both the local community and tourists, meeting diaspora from the four corners of the earth in their cottage.
It's a busy time for the performers and choreographer, having recently performed with Derek Warfield and the Young Irish Wolfe Tones in the USA.
Atlantic Rhythm The Show will take place every Tuesday evening during the Summer Season.
Doors Open at 8.30pm - Show Starts at 9pm Sharp.
BUY TICKETS HERE http://www.atlanticrhythm.com/shop-buy-tickets/
Or call Hotel Westport direct on 098 25122.
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The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol
This superb Mayo traditional music summer show is based on the real-life story of the legendary Irish Pirate Queen Grace O’ Malley or Gráinne Mhaol. Pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland Gráinne Mhaol is an iconic figure in Irish folklore.
‘The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol’ spectacular summer show contains a wealth of talented musicians and dancers from all over the west of Ireland. Lord of the Dance fiddle player Cora Smyth headlines the show with renowned balladeers James Kilbane and Jenny Mulvey, Latino dancer Pollyanna Guedes, All-Ireland champion box player Darragh Healy and Ireland’s most gifted Sean Nós dancer Liam Cunningham all on board for this magical and mythical voyage into Mayo.
The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol traditional music show is full of energy and enthusiasm and keeps audiences of all ages gripped from start to finish as it blends the old and the new; the contemporary and the ancient, the Sean Nós dancing against the more modern steps and styles of Irish Dancing.
For further information visit http://www.grainnemhaol.com/ or call 00 353 (0)98 56582.
Bard Summer School & Festival
1st – 5th July 2015
Celebrating 20 years of Bard
Bard Summer School and Festival explores the Irish myths and goes on a unique journey of discovery for their contemporary relevance. All of these myths have lasted thousands of years and have been handed down through Ireland’s oral tradition. There is a place for everyone on the school and Bard has welcomed participants from all over the world.
The Bard Festival hosts evening entertainment such as the annual Islander’s Night, where we experience local music, poetry song and dance performed by the people of Clare Island. This year the schedule includes an opportunity to complete the contemplative walk of The Chartres Labyrinth. This year the festival concludes with a poetry reading by Katie Donovan. Clare Island is the ancestral home of the legendary Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile). It provides a backdrop of megalithic tombs, holy wells and a 12th century Cistercian Abbey.
More information on www.bard.ie or 01 490 4879 or email: email@example.com
Achill Half Marathon & 10K 2015
4th July 2015
The next Achill Half Marathon & 10K race takes place on Saturday 4th July 2015 and is organised by Achill Event Management in association with Achill Tourism, the local tourist office on Achill Island, Co. Mayo, in the west of Ireland.
The event, in its current format, has been staged in Achill since 2007 and is approved by Athletics Ireland.
The Half Marathon race is the centre piece to a full weekend of events and entertainment on Achill, one of Ireland’s most popular holiday destinations.
For further information visit http://www.achillmarathon.com/
Westportif Cycling Weekend 2015
18th & 19th July 2015
The Westportif cycling weekend takes place on Saturday 18th July 2015, in Westport, Co. Mayo. Choose from three routes of 40, 80 and 160 km taking in the breathtaking scenery of Croagh Patrick, Mweelrea (Connaughts highest mountain), Doolough Lake, Delphi, Killary Fjord, Ashleigh Falls, Leenane village and the shores of Lough Mask in Tourmakeady.
We are planning a new 120K route this year to compliment our already established 80k and 160k routes.
This Sportif (leisure cycle) has 3 distances (40k, 80k and 160k) to suit all abilities, it’s set over a rolling course taking in most of the picturesque parts of Mayo and Connemara. The bike sections are all on sealed rural roads, but bring a spare tube and pump in case of a puncture as you need to be self sufficient. Remember to fit at least one water bottle to your bike as it’s important to take on fluids.
For further information visit http://www.westportif.ie
Westport Scoil Cheoil – Music School 2015
20th – 24th July 2015
Irish Traditional Summer Music School in Ireland’s best-loved town with Ireland’s most prestigious Irish traditional musicians.
Full Schedule TBC
ontact Dr Maura Thornton for further details:
Call 00 353 (0) 87 918 5838
Women’s Adventure Race
25th July 2015
Are you afraid that adventure racing might not be for you? Do you fear lining up alongside growling men and Amazonian women? Not any more. The team at Gaelforce Events is pushing the boundaries when it comes to adventure racing. This event celebrates fit, healthy, determined, enthusiastic and wonderful women. It is the perfect distance at 23km and will involve a 7km run/walk, 15km cycle and a 0.5km kayak through the most magnificent scenery of Leenane and Killary Fjord. So many women have participated in some sort of fun run, walk, adventure race or road race at one time or another but the thought of lining up beside testosterone-fuelled male athletes can be a little intimidating at first (no offence to the lads!).
The Killary Women’s Adventure Race Course Approximately 27km total:
Running/Walking: 10.5 km
Cycling: 16 km
Kayaking: 0.5 km
To enter the Women’s Adventure Race you will need to complete the online registration process. For further information:
Phone Killary Adventure Centre 095 42006
Reek Sunday - Croagh Patrick 2015
26th July 2015
Reek Sunday is an annual day of pilgrimage in Ireland. On the last Sunday in July, pilgrims climb Ireland’s “holiest mountain”, Croagh Patrick (764 metres) in County Mayo, some in their bare feet.
The Holy Mountain - Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Its religious significance dates back to the time of the pagans, when people are thought to have gathered here to celebrate the beginning of harvest season.
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 Saint Patrick was a highly venerated relic on Croagh Patrick for many years.
The first stop on the pilgrimage is Saint Patrick’s statue erected in 1928 by Reverend Father Patterson with money he collected in America towards the rebuilding of Saint Mary’s Church in Westport.
On ‘Reek Sunday’, the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims visit the Reek. At the top, there is a modern chapel where mass is celebrated and confessions are heard. Individuals and groups come from all over the world and include pilgrims, hill climbers, historians, archaeologists and nature lovers.
The other traditional Pilgrimage days are the last Friday of July which is known locally as ‘Garland Friday’, and August 15th which is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.
Croagh Patrick is 5 miles from the picturesque town of Westport and its conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside.
Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are spectacular from all stages of the ascent of the mountain. It is one of the highest peaks in the West of Ireland. It rises 750 metres (2,500 feet) into the sky above County Mayo.
Gaelforce West 2015
15th August 2015 – 10th Anniversary Race
Please read about the changes to registration locations and the new bike transfer service before you enter online
We have taken the stress out of Friday! For 2015 we are now offering registration in Westport town as well as Killary and a bike transfer service from registration to Delphi. Now you will have more time to relax and prepare for the following day!
Worth competing for - €500 cash prize for the first male and female as part of their prize pack and €1000 worth of prizes for other winners.
The original and still the best - Gaelforce West has always been the one to conquer and to master. It is challenging, unique and the magnificent landscape through which you travel will wow you at every turn.
67km course spanning two counties - the route takes you from Glassilaun beach in Co Galway to the heritage town of Westport, Co Mayo.
Trail/mountain running or walking; cycling and kayaking - the terrain includes mountain scree, bogland, trails, sealed roads and the majestic waters of Killary Fjord.
For further details visiit http://www.gaelforceevents.com/west/
Westport Food Festival 2015
4th – 6th September 2015
2015 Celebrates the 5th consecutive year of the Westport Food Festival which will take place over the weekend of 4th – 6th September 2015. The Festival promises to be bigger and better than other years with a host of all-things-culinary!
The 2015 Westport Food Festival will include an action-packed itinerary, with something for everyone even including the little ones. Several other events are scheduled for the three day festival including the Food Village & Fringe Festival taking place on September the 5th at the Octagon, Food Fest Forum, Foody Tours, Bike Buffet, Kids’ Pizza-Making and Mushroom Foraging. Other events over the weekend include live demonstrations from a host of top chefs, bakers and mixologists as well as the exciting Sunday night event called Secret Supper which proved to be hugely popular in 2014! Book your tickets early as this event was sold out last year!
Secret Supper is like ‘Come Dine with Me’ with a twist… Diners buy tickets for a five-course Westport Food Festival ‘taste experience’ meal but nobody knows where they will eat until the night itself, when dining venues will be unveiled at a pre-dinner restaurant lottery, held in a town centre location. Guests will then go to their mystery restaurant for dinner at 7.30pm sharp. After dinner, they will return to the town centre reception venue for the Westport Food Festival Wrap Party, where all diners will score their meal and the winner of the Best Taste Experience in Westport will be crowned. There will be an MC, prizes and music on the night.
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For further details visit http://www.westportfoodfestival.ie
Westport Festival of Chamber Music 2015
11th – 13th September 2015
The Festival Committee and the Artistic Directors are now planning the 2015 Festival which will be held on 11-13 September 2015.
To join the mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Westport in the subject line
Violinist Catherine Leonard and pianist Hugh Tinney (artistic directors) look forward to welcoming guest musicians and audiences to the 2015 Festival of Chamber Music in the Long Gallery, Westport House and Holy Trinity Church.
For further detail visit http://www.classicallinks.ie
3rd October 2015
Get ready for Duathlon time with Westports Duathlon on the 3rd October. Take in the spectacular scenic routes along the Greenway and be in with a chance to win some great prizes. The Westport Duathlon is perfect for those who are in training for big events like Sea to Summit. This route includes a 5k run, 16k cycle and finishes with a 3k run and starts at 11am.
For further details:
Call Westport Leisure Park on 098 29160
To get the best available rate for your accommodation at Hotel Westport click here!