Here are a list of events happening around the county to celebrate Mayo Day
MAYO DAY HANDICAP HURDLE
All National Hunt card. It is an evening meeting. Gates Open: 2 hours before the first race. First Race: 5:35pm Last Race: 8:35pm
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All times are subject to change, please check the website before attending. All children u14 are free when accompanied by an adult. Free car parking.
Free Coffee Morning in association with Rock House
You are invited to celebrate the spirit of Tourism in Mayo at Harlequin Hotel Castlebar. In honour of Mayo Day Harlequin Hotel are hosting a Coffee Morning to Celebrate the spirit of Tourism in Mayo & we are delighted to announce guest speaker; Noel Campbell, Assistant Keeper of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. A Raffle on the Day with Proceeds to Mayo Cancer Support – Rock Rose House. May 4th @ 10:30am at Harlequin Hotel, Lannagh Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Showcase and Festival, Ballinrobe Racecourse
The streets of Westport will come alive to a host of entertainment on Mayo Day 2018. The Street’s Got Talent is an open-air talent competition organised by West Mayo Municipal District on Saturday 5th May. The competition is open to all forms of street entertainment – buskers, singers, dancers, comedians, magicians etc. A grand prize fund of €1,500 is on offer with the overall winner of The Street’s Got Talent receiving a €500 cash prize!
This year Ballina features a plethora of family friendly events but with particular empahsis on the Ballina and Mayo diaspora throughout the world, ensuring all ages and tastes are catered for.
‘MASS OF THE EXILES’
Have you a daughter/son, family member/close friend living or working overseas? Why not join us in Ballina for a special celebration of Mass for all our Mayo exiles in St. Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina at 7.30pm on Sat. May 5th (Mayo Day).
Wear your Mayo colours and invite your nearest and dearest oversees to join in and watch the celebration with a live broadcast of the mass via the Cathedral webcam. We also invite you to send in your name and message and your special request will be brought to the altar during the Offertory Procession. Your name and message may be read out during the mass. Send your name and messages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Celebrant for the Mayo Diaspora Mass is Bishop John Fleming. This special mass celebrating Mayo Day will be followed by a ‘cuppa’ afterwards in The Newman Institute as the County Mayo Foundation launches its St. Muredach’s Cathedral Restoration Appeal.
Further details at Mass of the Exiles
Take on a hike over some of the most scenic views that Erris, North Mayo has to offer and don your finest Green and Red colours, this Mayo day on 5th May. This unforgettable journey starts at Rossport in Dennys Bar and convenience store and using this as a base, you will be bussed on the starting leg of the journey, enjoying the later leg of the journey on foot.
The hike begins at Portacloy and view the ‘Teachin A Watch’ – a watch tower which was used as a station to monitor warships off the coast, at this point ‘EIRE 63’ will be on your path which is a stone aerial mark which is visible from the air. You will journey across to Benwee Head which offers some of the most incredible views the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. These cliffs date back 600 million years and it gets its name from the yellow colour of the quartzite – “The Yellow Peak” or in Irish “Binn Bhui”. (It is approximately 255m higher than the Cliffs of Moher and boasts amazing views of the majestic cliffs and rugged coastline.)
The Stags of Broadhaven are located 3km off Erris Head and are approximately 1.6 million years old. They consist of four rocky shaped islands which rise to over 70 metres off sea level. At the end of the loop walk you will be picked up at the base of Benwee. Here you will see the Children of Lir monument at An Priosún (The Prison). Legend has it that the children were condemned to be swans for 900 years and for 300 of these years they spent on the North Mayo Island at Inishglora. The Priosún also has significance to the area where thousands of people emigrated in the past to all corners of the world, never to return but to always carry a piece of home with them.
This is a very special way to celebrate Mayo Day departing from Denny’s in Rossport, Saturday May 5th at 1 pm. Further details contact Aiden Sweeney – Call (097) 88936. Further details at Mayo Day Hike
Culmore National School in Swinford is to host a #MayoDay tea party on Friday 4th May. The school will come alive awash in Green & Red for the special occasion. Each class will host a table for guests from the local and school community. Parents and school children will be actively involved in the celebrations, baking and serving the guests.
Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance Committee will celebrate Mayo Day, with an open day from 12pm to 5pm, where they will be on hand to meet and greet visitors and offer information on those from County Mayo who died in the World War's.
Collaboration with the Grainne Mhaol Dragon Boat Club and Castlebar Town Band. The band will converge on the bridge in Lough Lannagh at 9.45am and entertain the crowd with a few familiar tunes. At 10am, the dragon boat will pull up underneath the bridge and both groups will perform two well known Mayo songs. The band, who will be dressed in green tops with the dragons dressed in red tops will keep the music flowing for a while. The boat will be taken off after the two songs and then both groups will make their way up the village.
Erris FM transatlantic Radio Show with Irish Radio Network USA
Achill GAA present the first ever Soundwaves Summer Festival in The Big Red Barn Achill this May Bank Holiday Weekend. Friday night's Mayo Day event is the official opening of the Festival where we will showcase all things Achill with fantastic performances form Achill Pipe Band, Scor na nÓg Traditional Balland & Instrumental Groups, Scoil Acla and much, much more. Admission is free to this event and doors open @ 7pm with show @ 8pm Opening Events of Summer Festival and Achill Showcase. Join us for an absolutely spectacular weekend of fun and celebration with something for everyone.
This year is a special year in Balla with the centenary of the church. The community are also celebrating amazing developments under the Town and Village renewal scheme, supported by Mayo Country Council to enhance the greatly historical landscape of Balla. In recent years they have really worked together as a community, with many different organisations interested in developing the natural amenities through the harnessing of the unquenchable spirit of the Balla community. This is clearly evident in the amazing work done by Balla Tidy Towns, Balla Town Parks, Balla Community Council, Balla CRD and the most recently formed historical group.
Complemented with support from local schools, sporting, youth and active retired organisations e.g. Balla GAA, Balla Golf Club, Foróige, No Name Club and Active Retired they will utilise the expertise of many in the community to host an event which will illustrate the aforementioned spirit through an appreciation of historical sites e.g. the Protestant Church, Athavallie House (home of the Blosse Lynches), Balla GAA club, Balla Town Parks millennium Walk, newly restored Blessed Well, the Round Tower, Balla Resource Centre (formerly the site of the parish church/maple hall), PW Nally monument, historical street buildings, Church in its centenary years and the community rooms (former NS).
A number of speakers, representative of the different interest groups in thecommunity will be on hand throughout the event to make it a fun, inclusive and interactive event for all the family – from the youngest to the oldest. The walk will pass through and appreciate the unique flora and fauna of Balla too – celebrating the swamp cypress tree, the carabine beetle which is unique to Balla.
Locals and visitors will be entertained with stories and undoubtedly a sense and love of place Balla, Co Mayo will be reignited in the community. What better way to celebrate Mayo by beginning at home and celebrating the unique unbottled spirit that is Balla/Mayo! We encourage all to wear their club and county colours! There may even be some ceol and an odd recitation on the way!
Mayo Day parkrun is to be led by special guest Sonia O’Sullivan! Get your Mayo Day off to a healthy start and join Sonia for the Claremorris park run at Clare Lake. Mary Diamond, a leader from this years Operation Transformation will also be in attendance. The first 100 participants on the day will receive a special Mayo.ie reusable coffee cup. Refreshments will be served.
Mayo Day Blitz. 60 children will play a juvenile league for 5-8 year olds. This will be an annual Mayo Day event and a community celebration for the children and their families. It is rumoured that a member of the Mayo senior football team will make an appearance. Watch this space!
The Mayo Association Dublin are hosting a Mayo Day soccer match for over 35s in Solar 21 Park at Milebush, Castlebar on Saturday 5th May at 7pm.
‘Meitheal for Mayo Day’ in Balla Community Orchard. Members of the community are invited to take part in the ‘Meitheal for Mayo Day’ to develop and enhance the Community Orchard in Balla. They will be planting, weeding and installing and levelling pathways as well as fixing garden furniture. It will be a family orientated event with a festival atmosphere which will involve all local community organisations. Thats what we call 'Taking on the Mayo Spirit'!
The West of Ireland Women's Mini Marathon takes place on Sunday May 6th 2018 at 12noon. Starting and Finishing at the Mall in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, distance is 10k or 6.2miles. Put the date in your diary entry for this the 'West of Ireland's Premier Sporting Event' .If you have any any queries please contact Mayo Sports Partnership on 094-9047025 or email email@example.com
The weekend finale of the Belcarra Community Songs and Strings Festival will be the Songs & Strings Concert which will take place in the newly renovated Ballinafad House. MC on the night is Angelina Nugent, and there will be performances from: Trad Group, All Ages Choir, Samba Group, Belcarra Church Choir, VoxFusion, HSE Workplace Choir, Troubadours, Every Voice, Chapel Street Gospel Choir. Music by: Mayo Concert Orchestra
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