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Bernadette Grennan, (Director Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar) pictured with Anne Naughton,  at the official opening of Photographic Exhibition by Photographer Nathalie Daoust's Korean Dreams. The exhibition runs until May 11. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Bernadette Grennan, (Director Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar) pictured with Anne Naughton, at the official opening of Photographic Exhibition by Photographer Nathalie Daoust's Korean Dreams. The exhibition runs until May 11. Photo: Michael Donnelly

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East Mayo

Cribben launches election campaign

Fine Gael Councillor, John Cribben, will launch his 2019 local election campaign this evening, Friday April 12, at 8.30pm in the Parochial Hall in Ballyhaunis.

Kiltimagh Community Futures

Kiltimagh is now one of thirty-two communities to participate in the Mayo Community Futures programme, facilitated by Mayo County Council. The aim is to consult the community and prepare a Community Action Plan, setting out the priorities for projects and actions for the local economy and community facilities. A 15-member steering committee was set up to lead the project last month, with Paul Brennan (Chairperson ) and Pauline Creighton (Secretary ). Several actions are planned, including a household survey where all households in the Parish will be asked to give their opinions on what they would like to see developed in Kiltimagh for the people of Kiltimagh. Stakeholder interviews have been held with community groups. A workshop to involve young people and their views will also be organised. Business people n the town will be surveyed in the coming week. This is an exciting opportunity for the community of Kiltimagh to have their views heard on what is needed to help the town thrive. Communities make towns and in turn well made towns make communities. To find out more see Kiltimagh Community Futures Facebook at @KiltimaghCF.

Swinford Indoor Market

The Swinford Indoor Market takes place from 9.30am to 3pm in Swinford Cultural Centre. There will be an extensive range of breads, cakes, plants, vegetables and more on sale. The Railway Café will also be open.

Knock Shrine Society volunteers

Knock Shrine Society is seeking new members to join the Cáirde Mhuire - Our Lady's Volunteers (formerly known as Handmaids and Stewards ) to assist the sick and participate in liturgical ceremonies. This is open to both men and women over the age of 18. For more information contact [email protected].

Brickens Meals on Wheels quiz

Brickens Meals on Wheels will hold a table quiz on Friday, April 19, in Fitzer's Bar in Ballyhaunis.

Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50 draw

The winner of the Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50 draw was Brenda Krusina, Ballyhaunis, who won €800. The ticket was sold in the Corner Bar and next week's draw takes place in The Clock, with a minimum prize of €800.

Anger management course in Knock

Knock Counselling Centre, in conjunction with the Irish Association for Anger Management, will run a six-evening Anger Management course, commencing on Tuesday, April 30, for six consecutive Tuesdays. The 'Temper Your Anger' programme teaches participants specific techniques to help manage anger and other difficult emotions. For further information, contact Knock Counselling Centre at (094 ) 9375032 or log on to

Kilmovee 10km road race

The 10th Annual Kilmovee 10km road race, in conjunction with Kilmovee GAA and Mayo Roscommon Hospice, takes place on Saturday April 20, commencing in Kilmovee (near Knock airport ) on Saturday April 20 at 1pm. You can register/donate or contribute online at All participants welcome. Refreshments will be available after the run and sponsorship cards are available. For more information contact (094 ) 9388666.

Healthcare Support Training

Mayo North East is organising a free Healthcare Support Training Course in Swinford for unemployed people or people in part-time employment. On successful completion of the course, learners will have gained a Healthcare Support QQI Level 5 Major award. Garda Vetting must be successfully completed. Training will commence one day per week in April 2019 and conclude in October 2019. Please contact Dolores McNicholas on (087 ) 7704251 or email [email protected] to register for the course. This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

South Mayo

Good Friday walk to help stop child labour

The Claremorris Annual five mile Good Friday Walk in aid of preventing and withdrawing children from Child Labour in Kitui, Kenya, starts at 11am, Good Friday, from Hinchion’s Stables, Caltra. Free registration from 10.15 am. All donations gratefully appreciated, no matter how small. Money goes directly to assist orphans and vulnerable children with food, school fees, uniforms, books, training in life skills, vocational skills with Certification on completion of the course. Janet Corbin Hinchion, a native of Claremorris, works voluntarily on this programme and is supported by a Claremorris based charity, Protect the Children of the World. Further information available from; email: [email protected] or call Janet Hinchion on (087 ) 2683327 or email: [email protected].

Claremorris Colts Connacht Rugby camp

Claremorris Colts will host a Connacht Rugby Camp over the Easter period. The camp will run from Tuesday, April 16 to Thursday, April 18 from 9.15am to 1pm on each day. For booking log on to: and the cost is €50.

Three Lakes Macra Quiz

Three Lakes Macra na Feirme is holding a table quiz on Friday, April 26, at 9.30pm in the Western Hotel, Claremorris. All proceeds to Dublin2Mayo Charity Tractor Run. Table of four is only €40 with great prizes to be won.

Fundraiser for Friends of Grace and Tacú FRC

A great fun day It's a Knock Out fundraiser for Friends of Grace and the Tacú Family Resource Centre will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 2pm. Teams of ten are needed with great prizes including €500 prize money and ten tickets for Ballinrobe Festival Gigs up for grabs. For more information contact (087 ) 7773205.

Women’s Health and Wellbeing Evening

A Women’s Health and Wellbeing Evening will take place On Wednesday April 17 in the Cúram Family Centre, Claremorris at 8pm. The evening will include information on:- diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and general health and wellbeing, chair yoga and reflexology. Booking Essential on (094 ) 9362096. Cost €6. Refreshments Served. Hosted by NCCWN Claremorris Women’s Group.

Mental health peer support group in Claremorris

This is a group for people who are struggling with mental health difficulties or who are in recovery. This is a great group for connection, hope and recovery. Don't be alone. Every Wednesday at 7.15pm. Tea and coffee will be available. Call (085 ) 7297451 for details.

Soccer Sisters Easter Festival in Claremorris

Claremorris FC will host an FAI/AVIVA Soccer Sisters Easter camp from Tuesday, April 23, to Wednesday, April 24. The camps are open to all girls between the ages of six and 14 - they are free of charge and all the girls will receive a soccer sisters T-shirt. Spaces are limited per camp. All bookings must be completed online at

Western Care 25

A weekly 25 card game (partners ) takes places in the Western Care Crann Mór Centre, Neale Road, Ballinrobe, every Sunday at 7.30pm. Entry is €10.

Hospice Summer Ladies luncheon

The annual summer ladies luncheon in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice takes place in the Lodge at Ashford Castle on Sunday, May 12, commencing at 1.30pm. The day starts with drinks reception and cupcakes followed by four course lunch with wine, followed by entertainment, special guests, raffle and lots more. Tickets now available online at If you are booking for a group please forward the names of the friends/work colleagues joining you to [email protected] and [email protected] for the table plan to ensure you all get to sit together on the day. The Foundation is most grateful to Acelity and Total Health for sponsoring the event. All funds raised will go to supporting local hospice palliative care services.

Bingo in Ballinrobe

Bingo takes place in the Ballinrobe Parish Centre at 8.30pm on Tuesday nights - with great prizes up for grabs.

West Mayo

Boheh and Rolling Sun

Every year, on April 18 and August 24, the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail hosts a guided walk and talk to the Boheh Stone, which bears one of the finest examples of Neolithic rock art in Ireland. Weather permitting, witness The Rolling Sun Phenomenon, best viewed from this site. Meeting at the Brackloon Community Centre 7pm on Thursday April 18. There is a €5 cover charge. Refreshments served. For further information contact (094 ) 9030687 or email [email protected].

Stoma Support Group

The Stoma Support Group meeting takes place in Rock Rose House, Castlebar, on Thursday, April 18 at 7pm. All are Welcome. For more information please call (094 ) 9038407.

Space Camp at [email protected]

Space Camp is back at [email protected] in Louisburgh from Tuesday, April 23 to Thursday, April 25, running from 11am to 12.30pm each day - with astronomer and artist Deirdre Kelleghan leading the classes. This camp is suitable for children aged between seven and 12-years-old. The camp costs €15 per child and all materials will be supplied. For more information log on to

Clogher Good Friday prayer walk

A prayer walk from Clogher Community Centre to Tobarmacduagh Blessed Well will take place on Good Friday. A short talk on St Colman Mac Duagh will be given at the Community Centre at 11am. This will be followed by a short walk to the Blessed Well and The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary will be recited en route to the Holy Well. At 12 noon, a short reflection on The Passion will take place at the well and a prayer will also be offered in memory of all buried here. Tea and light refreshments at the Community Centre afterwards. For information call (094 ) 9030687.

Passion play at Ballintubber Abbey

Ballintubber Abbey will hold a Passion Play at 9pm each evening from Monday, April 15, to Wednesday, April 17. Experience this moving and inspiring drama with family and friends. Please be in place before drama begins at 9pm sharp and wear warm clothing - the play will take one hour, no admission fee but donations are gratefully received.

Westport Active Retirement Annual Trip

Westport Active Retirement are going to Donegal on their annual holiday from Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28. If interested contact Maureen on (087 ) 6542445 or (087 ) 6336307.

Mayo Cancer Support in Achill

Mayo Cancer Support will hold an outreach clinic on Thursday, April 18, in the Primary Healthcare Centre, Achill Sound, to offer support to people affected by cancer and their families. All services are completely confidential and provided free of charge. To Book an appointment contact (094 ) 9038407 or (087 ) 2804164.

Balla GIY

Grow It Yourself gardening class in Balla will be starting soon - if interested call (094 ) 9365846 for more information.

Westport Beekeepers

Westport Beekeepers Association will be holding a Beginners Beekeeping Course on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, in the Teagasc Office, Westport. There are a limited number of spaces left. Participants will be able to undertake the Preliminary Exam set out by F.I.B.K.A. (The Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations ). Course fee is €140 per person, which includes €50 for Theory, €20 for Practical exam, with apiary visits and €70 membership to join the club (membership covers insurance and monthly magazine An Beachaire, along with other benefits ). Please contact [email protected] with enquiries.

Greenway market

The Greenway Market is on this Saturday and every Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, in Castlebar Social Services Centre, Castle Street Car Park. Home baked, home grown, hand crafted and wellness items.

Le Chéile Family Resource Centre events

The parent and toddler group meet on Mondays at 10am, the Monday Friends group meets for a cuppa every Monday at 10.30am, the Women's Shed group meets every Monday and Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm, the Family Focus drop-in service is held on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm, while the baby massage classes continue on Tuesdays at 10.15am - for more information on this class call Yvonne on (087 ) 9593935. The centre hosts Common Sense Parenting every Wednesday at 10am, with the breastfeeding and new mums group meeting on Thursday's at 10.30am. The Knit 'n' Stitch group meets on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm and photography classes continue on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm - for more information on this class contact John on (086 ) 66001628. The Little Explorers baby sensory class takes place on Friday afternoons at 2pm - for more information on this class contact Katherine on (087 ) 7164318. For more information on any activities and classes, call the centre on (094 ) 902 5126 or drop into Tucker St, Castlebar.

North Mayo

Mayo Cancer Support Wellness Night

A Wellness Night takes place on Monday, April 15, in the Ballina Manor Hotel at 7pm with guest speakers on healthy living, mindfulness, emotional freedom, relaxation with essential oils. Admission is €10 and all proceeds go to Mayo Cancer Support, Rock Rose House. For more information contact (094 ) 9038407 or (087 ) 2804164.

Dusk Chorus and Nature Walk

The North Mayo Heritage Centre will host an evening nature walk on Saturday, April 27, at 8pm. The event will start with a walk in the woodlands to hear the dusk chorus, followed by a chance to see bats leave their roost. All are welcome - the walk is along a woodland path which can be a little uneven at times and suitable footwear is advised. The event is free of charge but there will be a small charge for tea or coffee afterwards. The North Mayo Heritage Centre is located 3.5km south of Crossmolina on the R315 and attendees are asked to use the second marked entrance. For more information contact Ruth on (087 ) 6432340.

Erris Darkness into Light

The Erris Darkness into Light walk will take place on Saturday, May 11, getting under way at 4.15am from Aras Inis Gluaire - the organisers have asked that those intending to take part register on

FAI Kickstart /PDP 1 Course in Ballina

The Football Association of Ireland is holding a Kick Start/PDP 1 Coach Education Course in Ballina Town FC on Saturday, May 11, from 9am to 5pm. Participants must attend all modules in order to qualify for certification. This course is designed to assist beginner coaches, parents, teachers and introduce young children (6-9 ) to fundamental warm up activities, basic activities and fun games in a safe, structured and stimulating environment. Course fee is €45. This course is limited to 24 participants so book early to avoid disappointment. Kick Start 1 coaches will receive an FAI Kick Start 1 certificate of attendance as part of the National Coaching Development Programme. For booking log on to Please note all bookings must come through the online booking system. For more information please contact Paul Byrne (086 ) 8579678 or [email protected].

Ballina Active Retired

Ballina Active Retired have a number of events coming up in the next few weeks. On May 1, 8, 22 and 29 there will be Whist in the Pastoral Centre at 2.15pm, on May 2 the group's meetings will resume in the Pastoral Centre at 10.30am. A table quiz will take place on May 15 in the Pastoral Centre at 2.15pm.

IWA 25 Card Drive

A 25 Card Drive will be held in the Irish Wheelchair Association, Logmore, Belmullet, on Friday, April 19 at 8.30pm. Entry €10. Tickets are available from the I.W.A. Centre on (097 ) 81728. Refreshments will be served on the night.

Soccer Sisters Easter Festival in Conn Rangers

Conn Rangers will host an FAI/AVIVA Soccer Sisters Easter camp from Thursday, April 18, to Friday, April 19. The camps are open to all girls between the ages of six and 14 and are free of charge - all the girls will receive a soccer sisters T-shirt. Spaces are limited per camp. All bookings must be completed online at

Bingo in aid of Binghamstown roof restoration

A super bingo in aid of the Binghamstown roof restoration fund will take place in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel on Sunday, April 14. For sponsorship details contact (097 ) 82350.

Lip sync for hospice

Knockmore GAA has organised a Lip Sync event in aid of the Mayo-Roscommon Hospice at the Great National Hotel Ballina, on Easter Sunday night, April 21. There will be 13 acts participating, music with Pat's Roadshow, followed by disco. Tickets available from the hotel or Corcoran's shop, Knockmore. Mayo Roscommon Hospice foundation is most grateful to Knockmore GAA for choosing the cause of hospice as the charity to benefit from this great event. All are welcome to attend. For further information please contact (094 ) 9388666.

Newtownwhite ETNS Cake Sale

Newtownwhite Educate Together National School, will hold a bake sale in the Jackie Clarke Collection courtyard on Saturday, April 20 from 1.30pm. For more information find them on Facebook.

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Ireland Facebook food Knock Airport Community Centre Mayo County Council councillor Easter Fine Gael National School Ashford Castle chair English-language films coach Easter Sunday chairperson (087) 7704251 [email protected] (094) 9388666 Mayo Roscommon Hospice (094) 9030687 Dolores McNicholas Irish Wheelchair Association fundraiser (094) 9375032 [email protected] Knock Counselling Centre Common sense Pastoral Centre Mayo Cancer (087) 2804164 What's Going On secretary Say It's Forever Cram Family Centre (094) 9362096 Broadhaven Bay Hotel Parochial Hall Ballina Manor Hotel Irish Association for Anger Management (094) 9038407 Mayo-Roscommon Hospice Kenya Good Friday Swinford Cultural Centre [email protected] Western Hotel Football Association of Ireland Paul Byrne John Cribben online booking system Castle Street Car Park [email protected] The Football Association (086) 8579678 Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Tac Family Resource Centre (094) 9365846 Brackloon Community Centre (087) 9593935 North Mayo Heritage Centre [email protected] Binghamstown Deirdre Kelleghan Le Chile Family Resource Centre local hospice palliative care services (085) 7297451 Anger Management (094) 902 5126 Roscommon Hospice Songs Creative works David Holzman's Diary Ballinrobe Parish Centre Stoma Support Group [email protected] hospice Knockmore GAA Knock Knock Counselling Centre [email protected] astronomer and artist Fitzer's Bar (086) 66001628 Corner Bar Federation of Irish Beekeepers Dusk Chorus Western Care Crann Mr Centre (087) 7164318 Macra Quiz [email protected] Space Camp I.W.A. Centre (087) 6542445 (087) 6336307 Clogher Community Centre Kitui Logmore Space Camp Janet Corbin Hinchion (097) 82350 Westport Beekeepers Westport Beekeepers Association [email protected] knock out Chile Family Resource Centre (087) 2683327 [email protected] monthly magazine [email protected] Railway Caf Garda Vetting Paul Brennan (Chairperson) Brenda Krusina (087) 7773205 (087) 6432340 AVIVA Soccer Sisters Easter camp Claremorris Colts Connacht Rugby camp Claremorris Colts Teagasc Office Primary Healthcare Centre The Claremorris Annual Castlebar Social Services Centre Pauline Creighton

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