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Mayo Day 2022 - Home To Where The Heart Is

Date: 14-04-2022

from 11am till late

Mayo Day returns with the largest Mayo Day flagship event to date!  ‘Home to where the Heart is’ sees Castlebar transformed into a hive of Mayo Day celebration with something for all the family.

Free family fun at Lough Lannagh includes taster canoeing, kayaking and monster Stand Up Paddle Boarding sessions with Mayo Adventure Experience between 11am and 5pm. While free of charge, booking is absolutely essential at

Colourful, lively and always great fun, Little Gem Puppets will see even the littlest of our visitors making new puppet friends:  12 noon, 2pm and 4pm.  In between, artist and storyteller Wayne O’ Connor weaves stories to enthrall young and old:  1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

If you’ve ever wanted to run away to join a circus or learn the essential life skill of juggling, this is your chance!!  Join in our fun workshops to learn all the circus skills you’ll need with our impressive Ringmaster Dea Birkett and the incredible cast of Circus 250Graham Sweeney will also entertain.

Our artisan Mayo Food producers showcase in the Mayo Day Food Village alongside cookery demonstrations by noted Mayo Chefs, street food catering, and a day full of tips and discussion about getting the best out of the wonderful fare Mayo has to offer.  Be sure to explore the special Mayo Day menus on offer in eateries throughout Castlebar!

In the historical setting of the Military Barracks our Mayo County Library team present wonderful exhibitions of times past from their collection, documenting the Famine in Mayo, In Humbert’s Footsteps, Michael Davitt, Old Castlebar, the War of Independence in Mayo and the incredibly special 20th anniversary revival of the 2002 Mayo in May photo event. 

The creativity and skills of our craftspeople are key to Mayo Day.  We’re so happy to once again present their work to you in the Mayo Craft Marquee, alongside demonstrations from Castlebar Men’s Shed.  To harness young creativity, Creative Together provide our special Mayo Day Mural WorkshopSuitable for all ages.  Free of charge. 

To compliment the surroundings of the Military Barracks, we’ll be joined by our friends from the Connacht Veteran & Vintage Motor Club, the Mayo Male Voice Choir, a Mayo Day favourite, Master Falconer Jason Deasy with his Birds of Prey, Kiltimagh Pet Farm and Westport BeekeepersMayo Fire Service will be with us for demonstrations and perhaps the chance for our younger visitors to explore a fire engine!

Join us for a full day of free music and fun at The Big Stage on the Mall!  Our line-up leads out with the most energetic, raw, and hardworking group of drummers in Ireland, The Hit Machine Drummers.   If that high-octane opening doesn’t get your toes tapping, Chantelle Padden who follows surely will!  Billow Wood from Ballina are next, with their original fusion of folk, traditional Irish music and indie pop rock.  If you fancy a twirl around the Mall, Stuart Moyles follows.  We know he’ll get you all on your feet!  Lisa Canny and Band are next.  Their truly unique original music is high-energy, hard hitting and highly entertaining.  After that, Atlantic Notes bring Mayo and the Wild Atlantic Way to life through a mix of music, song, dance and theatre, guaranteed to have you laughing, singing and dancing! 

To end a truly spectacular Mayo Day, Jiggy bring you a mercurial line up that mixes and melds Irish traditional music, world rhythms and cutting-edge dance grooves.

We’re so happy to team up with the great team at The Linenhall Theatre to offer an engaging mix of Mayo Day and Lá Mhaigh Eo theatre and film:

Mumbro Top present the enthralling Gráinne Mhaol show between 11am and noon.  Loved at home and feared abroad for her command of the seven seas, find out (as Gaeilge) what happens when one day Gráinne finally ‘crashes her boat’ on land and needs help to get back afloat.  11am to 12 noon.  Free of charge but booking is essential at Suitable for age 8+.  All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, fresh from the hit Mayo International Film Festival, enjoy a special repeat showing of the Best of Mayo short films.  Free of charge but booking is essential at  As these are independent short films no formal age rating is in place, please be advised that elements of the programme may not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised.  All children to be accompanied by an adult.

The Mayo Way, a specially commissioned interactive art sculpture installation by Bryan Gerard Duffy, features an array of imagery of the people and places that symbolise the identity of Mayo, both past and present. Beside Áras an Chontae, The Mall

Last, but by no means least, enjoy our Mayo Day 2022 Art Trail showing in the windows of Castlebar. Curated by acclaimed artist, Joanna Hopkins, we celebrate artistic interpretations of the People and Places of Mayo.  Our Mayo Day Busker Trail will provide the background music!

The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Smyth, has welcomed the event programme, saying: "Mayo Day is a celebration of the 'Spirit of Mayo’ in communities worldwide, an acknowledgement of all that is great about our county and its people, a day in the year that Mayo people can claim for themselves.  This flagship festival event is a fitting way to celebrate our achievements and success by showcasing the finest of art, craft, design, food, music, sport and more. After what has been a difficult two years, I invite families across the county, country and further afield, to enjoy what will be a superb event in Castlebar for Mayo Day 2022”.

All events are free of charge, but booking is essential where indicated.  Events may be subject to change.

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