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Bealtaine 2022

Date: 06-05-2022

Bealtaine celebrates the Arts and Creativity as we age.  Mayo County Council Arts Service programme this year includes performances, workshops and tours and all events are free of charge.  Here are some of this year’s highlights. 

Harp Performances at Mayo Community Nursing Units.  During May, acclaimed harpist Gráinne Hambly will visit a selection of pre-booked community nursing units in County Mayo, bringing the joy of music to those living in residential care nursing units including St. Brendan’s Mulranny, Castlebar Social Services Centre and St. Fionnán’s Achill.  Gráinne Hambly, from Mayo Abbey, is an internationally recognised exponent of the Irish harp.

Memories Project by artist Elaine Mears.  If you could only keep one object that has sentimental value to you, what would you keep, and why?  This visual arts piece is a culmination of the collection of memories from people in the county which have been infused into a tapestry for the senses.  On Thursday 26th May and Friday 27th May you are invited to book a place for a group experience in the Linenhall Arts Centre of the event with the artist present.  Tours run from 11:30am to 4pm.  For booking information, contact the Linenhall Arts Centre (094) 902 3733 or email

Shared Rituals with Artist Mags Duffy.  Artist Mags Duffy will work with retired Westport based individuals who, in their working lives, employed a range of skills as part of their daily work tasks including; a fisherman/maker of hazel lobster pots, a stone wall builder/mason and a dress maker/embroiderer.  Mags Duffy is a visual artist based in Westport, Co. Mayo. She has a background in experimental textiles and a postgraduate qualification in arts education.

The Musician Mentoring Project sees Castlebar based composer, singer, musician and author, John Hoban working with Newport based flute player Tim McHugh.  John and Tim will have several mentoring sessions together in May to mark Bealtaine.

Armchair Azure Tours will take place in a selection of care nursing units.  For those living with dementia, these virtual visual art tours are an accessible way of engaging with art online.  Tours are guided by visual artist Norah Brennan, a trained dementia inclusive facilitator.  Norah is an award-winning visual artist who holds a first-class honours degree in Fine Art.  Tours have been arranged for the following Care Nursing units:  St. Attracta’s Nursing Unit, Charlestown; Sacred Heart Hospital, Castlebar and Swinford Day Care Centre.

Hearth Exhibition. The launch of the Hearth exhibition takes place in Achill Library, at 2.30pm on Tuesday the 24th of May.  All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  The exhibition continues in the library until the end of June.  Hearth is a project that brings art into the homes of older people.  Artist Maggie Morrison made weekly visits to six participants in Achill, Co. Mayo in Autumn/Winter 2021.  Come see the work created by the Achill participants.

Mayo Artsquad Community Taster Art Workshops: Mayo Artsquad are inviting older people to take part in some free taster art demonstrations in Mayo Artsquad, Castlebar on May 31st from 10.30am to 1pm.  The team will be providing workshops in drawing, printing and clay.  For booking information call 094 90 64666 or email

Join Mayo County Council Arts Service in celebrating Arts and Creativity as we age throughout the month of May.  If you would like further information, to book for an event or to receive a hard copy or a link to Mayo County Council Arts Service’s Bealtaine brochure please get in touch on or 094 90 64666 and 094 90 64367 or visit Mayo Arts Service via  Bealtaine is an initiative of Age and Opportunity and in Mayo the event is strategically funded by Mayo County Council and the Arts Council.  Some of the above initiatives are in receipt of Creative Ireland funding and some are part of the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

For further information: Contact Orlagh Heverin, Assistant Arts Officer/Film Mayo, Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council at 094-9064367 or

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