Festivals & Events Mayo

The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol

Now in it’s 6th consecutive year, 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 at Hotel Westport 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.


The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol is an incredible, unique, entertainment show that combines old traditional Irish dances with the passionate Latino rhythms of Tango, Flamenco and Salsa in a performance of strength and passion.


The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol was described on RTÉ Radio as ‘One of the best summer shows in Ireland’ while the Irish Times stated ‘This is a superb production full of passion and energy’.


For further information visit http://www.grainnemhaol.com/ or call 00 353 (0)98 56582.


Outdoor Garden Theatre (18th – 19th August)

Alice Through the Looking Glass by Quantum Theatre Company will take place Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th August, at 7:00pm on The Front Lawn of Westport House.

Quantum Theatre presents a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Through the Looking Glass (and What Alice Found There) for Summer 2014.

With live music and the full array of Carroll’s fantastical characters, this lively new adaptation follows Alice’s adventures in the looking-glass world she enters through the mirror above her drawing-room fireplace.

Adapted and directed by Michael Whitmore, the play charts the enchanting, fabulous and wonderful world created by Lewis Carroll, retaining all its quirky British charm, classic characters and comedic poems in a true theatrical treat for all the family.


For More Information and to buy your tickets go to http://www.westporthouse.ie/shop/ 

Endurance Challenge 2068km (Westport 21st August)

Endurance Challenge 2068km, Ireland’s biggest ever endurance event series will take place throughout the island of Ireland in August 2014. The various events cater for all levels of fitness, and aim to raise an incredible €500,000 for Breakthrough Cancer Research.

On 21st August 2014 the first of four provincial marathons will take place in Westport town at 2pm. This run will also be open to shorter distances of half marathon, 10km and 5km and will make up part of Endurance Challenge 2068km.


For More Information log on to http://endurancechallenge.ie/

Gaelforce West Adventure Race (16th August)

Gaelforce West is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world. It is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking. The course of approximately 67km 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.


For More Information log on to http://www.gaelforceevents.com/west/

Clare Island Feile Ceol (29th – 31st August)

Clare Island Comhaltas will host a Féile Cheoil ar Oileán Chliara/Traditional Festival on Clare Island on the weekend of August 29th- 31st.


For More Information log on to http://www.clareisland.ie/feile-ceol-weekend/

Westport Festival of Chamber Music 2014 (5th – 7th September)

The second Westport Festival of Chamber Music will be held on 5, 6 and 7th September 2014 in Westport House and Holy Trinity Church.


For More information log on to http://www.classicallinks.ie/


Westport Food Festival (5th – 7th September)

The Westport Food Festival is an annual three day event held during September, The Festival incorporate day and evening events in and around Westport Town, Murrisk and the Quays, with activities to suit all ages and food interests.


For More information log on to http://www.westportfoodfestival.ie/


Run 4 Rescue Half Marathon & 10km Run (7th September)

Mayo Mountain Rescue are proud to launch this years Louisburgh to Westport Half Marathon and New 10km "Run For Rescue". The run will take place on Sunday 7th September and is ran by the team as a fundraiser to help fund the Mayo team. All proceeds go directly to the team.


For More information log on to http://www.mayomrt.com/fundraising-a-events/run-for-rescue


Clew Bay Half Marathon & 10km (29th September)

The 4th annual Clew Bay Half Marathon takes place on Saturday, 27th September, 2014 in the beautiful town of Louisburgh, Co. Mayo and this year they have added a 10K event!


The race are run over a variety of landscapes and the course features breathtaking scenery of mountains, bog-lands, sea and the islands of Inisturk, Clare Island and the many other islands of Clew Bay. The course is challenging and exhilarating, it's winding roads and ever-changing scenery make it a very enjoyable run.


For More information log on to http://www.clewbayhalfmarathon.com/

Culture Night (29th September)

On Friday, 29th September, culture nights will take place across Ireland, offering the public a wide range of events and the opportunity to visit iconic cultural venues, buildings and spaces completely free of charge.


For more information log on to http://www.culturenight.ie/wp-content/uploads/Mayo-CULTURE-NIGHT.pdf

Westport Duathlon (5th October)

Westport Duathlon will take place on 5th October. Take in the spectacular scenic routes along the Greenway and be in with a chance to win one of 1500 prizes. The Westport Duathlon on Sunday the 5th of October is perfect for those who are in training for big events like Sea to Summit. This route includes a 6k run, 30k cycle and finishes with a 4k run and starts at 10 am.


For more information, go to Westport Duathlon on Facebook or contact the Westport Leisure Park on 098 29160.
Westport Arts Festival (1st – 5th October)

The 39th annual Westport Arts Festival will run from Wednesday 1st till Sunday 5th October 2014. Westport Arts Festival is a celebration of the Arts in September/October every year. The programme is always different, interesting and exciting and they promote as many local artists as possible along the way.

The Westport Arts Festival was founded in 1975.


For More information log on to http://westportartsfestival.com/

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