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At the launch of The Ballinrobe Festival 2019, pictured were Committee members, sponsors, public representitives ,Queens of the Lakes, community members and Matthew Burke of Connacht Rugby who officially launched the Festival. Photo: Trish Forde.

At the launch of The Ballinrobe Festival 2019, pictured were Committee members, sponsors, public representitives ,Queens of the Lakes, community members and Matthew Burke of Connacht Rugby who officially launched the Festival. Photo: Trish Forde.

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Card Game in Blacksod

A 25 card game takes place in Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, on Thursday nights at 8.30pm.

Ballina Active Retired

Ballina Active Retirement Association continues its busy schedule of events and held a table quiz on Wednesday, May 15 which was enjoyed by all who attended. Whist will continue to be played every Wednesday afternoon in the Pastoral Centre at 2.15pm, with the exception of Wednesday, June 12. Walking, swimming and matt bowling events are ongoing.

Inis Gluaire Boat Trip

A Boat Trip to Inish Gluaire will take place on Sunday, May 26 as part of Feile Chlann Lir, departing from Blacksod at 10am (weather permitting ) the cost is €45 per person. To book call (086 ) 2695851.

Children of Lir Loop Walk

Tomorrow Saturday, May 25 a special Children of Lir loop walk will take place. This spectacular guided walk will go along The Dún Chaocáin cliffs, staring at 10.30am. Meet at Teach Greanni. Cost €10 per person with €5 extra to include lunch. For more information contact (097 ) 88935.

Sunflower Volunteers

National Sunflower days for hospice is coming up on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 and as many volunteers as possible are needed to help raise funds and make the event a success. Sunflowers will be on sale at stores in Belmullet, Ballina and other towns in Mayo. Any time you can give on those dates would be most appreciated. Make this your special favour to the cause of hospice and call (094 ) 9388666 now or email [email protected] to be included on a rota. Your support would be most appreciated.

Safe Pass course

Is your Safepass card valid? Do you need to do a refreshers course? The next Safe Pass in Eachléim will be starting soon. For more information contact Ionad Deirbhile Eachléim on (097 ) 85727, limited places available.

Ballina FRC parent and toddler Group

The parent and Toddler group takes place every Thursday from 10am to 12 noon in the centre. This group is open to all parents, grandparents and childminders to come along with their child/children and meet new people over a cuppa and a chat. Various activities take place and new members are always welcome. Ring (096 ) 75573 for more information.

Mayo Cancer Support Organisation in Ballina

Mayo Cancer Support (Rock Rose House ) operates a free counselling/therapy service every Tuesday from the Ballina Family Resource centre. Ring Jean on (087 ) 2804164 to book an appointment.


Believe in Ballinrobe

A new civic pride initiative is happening in Ballinrobe. The "Believe in Ballinrobe" campaign aims to improve and enhance the town for the benefit of everyone. The campaign is looking for people willing to become advocates for their town and get involved with new and existing projects, and for all stakeholders to unite behind, and work towards common aspirational goals for the future prosperity of Ballinrobe. Your input, however big or small, is vital in helping to make this town a great place to live, work and visit. Please find them on facebook or visit to get involved.

Bee Keeping in Claremorris

Maria Kirrane PHD will give a lecture on Bee Keeping in the Dalton Inn, Claremorris on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8pm. The lecture will emphasise the importance of bees in the world to-day.

Ballyglass Heritage Club Vintage Rally

The Ballyglass Heritage Club Vintage Rally will take place on Sunday June 2. Vintage tractors, Cars, Motorcycles, and Stationary Engines on display. Demonstrations of Threshing, Children's Bouncy Castle, High-Nelly Bicycle Run and loads more on the day, admission €5 for adults and children free.

Garrymore GAA Lip Sync Battle

Garrymore GAA Club are proud to present their first ever Lip Sync Battle on Sunday, June 2 at 9pm in Garrymore Hall in aid of the Garrymore Development Fund. All Club Members and Friends are invited to participate. If you are interested in participating, please contact any development committee member. Tickets are €15 and are available from local outlets, any development committee member or senior team player.

Cornamona Cycle for Hospice

The 25th Annual Cornamona 50 mile sponsored cycle in conjunction with Mayo Roscommon Hospice and Galway hospice takes place on Saturday June 15 commencing at 10.30am. The event will be followed by Bar-B-Q at 4pm. The route will take in Cornamona, Maam, Leenane, Inagh Valley, Recess, Maam Cross, Maam, Cornamona. Sponsorship cards available at O'Malleys Bar Cornamona. Contact Ray on (087 ) 2898229 or John on (094 ) 9548002. Donations welcome.

Connacht Pioneers celebration in Claremorris

Connaught Pioneers is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of its foundation on Sunday, May 26 in the Dalton Inn Hotel, Claremorris. Mass takes place at 2.30pm with dinner to follow at 3pm. Tickets cost €20 and are available from Michael Rattigan by calling (087 ) 2929372 or (086 ) 3527455 before Monday, May 20.

Aware meeting in Ballinrobe

The Aware group meets every Thursday at 8pm in Tacu. It’s free, confidential – no booking/referral necessary, just turn up on the night. Aware support offers a unique opportunity for people over the age of 18-years-old to talk openly about depression, bipolar disorder and other related conditions and their impact. They guarantee confidentiality within normal limits. People share their experience and understanding and offer an exchange of thoughts and techniques around self-care and resilience.

Ballinrobe Men's Shed

The Men's Shed meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the building up at the Cycling Centre/Water Towers on the Kilmaine Road from 10am to 12.30pm. Come up and see what is going on or what you may like to do. All men welcome.

St Colman's Reunion

There will be a reunion of the St Colman's Claremorris class groups from 1964 to 1969 on Saturday, May 25. It will commence with a guided tour of Claremorris getting underway at 3pm in the Square, followed by a tour of the college at 5pm with a buffet in the Dalton Inn Hotel at 7pm. For more information contact Danny on (085 ) 7464367 or Ger on (087 ) 2336887 for more information.

Crochet classes for beginners in Claremorris

Would you like to learn to crochet? Classes for beginners start on Wednesday, June 5, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The course runs for six weeks and costs €60. Booking is essential. Contact Claremorris FRC on (094 ) 9377838 to book your place.


Kiltimagh Community Futures

Kiltimagh Community Futures volunteers have collected more than 600 household surveys. The results will be displayed at a Community Voting Day on Sunday, June 9 in the Park Hotel from 3pm to 5pm. Please come along and vote for your priority areas. This is your chance to have your say in the future development of Kiltimagh. Email [email protected] for more information.

Ballyhaunis Summer Festival

Again this year Ballyhaunis is hosting its Summer Festival over the June Bank Holiday Weekend and activities in the first week of June with all the regular favourites. On Friday, May 31, an inter-pub quiz takes place in pubs all over town with 12 rounds of fun. During the rounds there will be a fundraiser for Mayo SPCA. On Saturday, June 1, a fun-filled national school colour run will take place, registration will take place at 11am in Ballyhaunis GAA grounds. On Sunday June 2, it is traditional fair day in the town. More on the festival next week.

Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50 draw

The winner of last weekend's Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50 draw was Maeve Donnellan, Clare Street, Ballyhaunis. She bought her ticket in Curley's, this weekend's draw takes place in MacSuairtains on Sunday evening.

ICA Annual Outing

An ICA outing to Clare will take place on Thursday, May 30. The trip will take in a boat trip in Doolin and shopping in Ennis. Bus leaving The Square, Kilkelly, at 7.30am sharp. Cost of bus is €20, for more information and booking contact Kilkelly Post Office or Mary on (086 ) 060 3654.

Fundamentals of goalkeeping in Kiltimagh/Knock United

The Football Association of Ireland is holding a Fundamentals of Goalkeeping FAI Course in Kiltimagh/Knock Utd FC, Co Mayo, on Thursday June 6 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Participants must attend all modules of the course in order to qualify for certification. Course fee is €45. This course is limited to 24 participants so book early to avoid disappointment. To book a place on the course please 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].

Ballyhaunis 10 mile road race

A piece of history is being forged in Ballyhaunis during this year’s Summer Festival and the June Bank Holiday weekend. There has been an annual Road Race in the town for the last 14 years. For the last 11 years an 8k has been a regular part of Mayo Athletic Club calendar. This year the organizers decided it needed a change and something new. They have decided to go with their first 10 mile Road Race. Head office again will be at Ballyhaunis Rugby club. They have endeavoured to keep it off the main road as much as possible and try to keep it to one loop. The start will be adjacent to The Mulberry Lodge B & B, Upper Main Street, Ballyhaunis, down through Annagh, Carrowneden, Coolnaha and back up through Annagh to finish at the Rugby Club. It’s a measured and permitted course and there will be chip timing for the race. For any members of Mayo AC, this is a league race and you may collect some valuable points.


Westport Tourism Organisation

Westport Tourism Organisation committee meeting: Thursday, May, 30 at 7.30pm in the Mill Times Hotel. New members always welcome.

Balla Bingo

Bingo continues in Balla Community Resource Centre on Monday, May 27 at 8.30pm. €2,700 payout guaranteed on 12 games, jackpot game €650, flier game €280, last game €250 and bingo books cost €8.

Westport active retired

Westport Active Retirement is having a day tour to Brigit's Gardens in Galway on Tuesday, June 4. contact Maureen on (087 ) 6542445 for more information.

COPD meeting

The next COPD support group meeting takes place on Thursday, May 30 in Castlebar Tennis Club at 3pm. Guest speaker is Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer with Mayo County Council.

Two day Watercolour Portrait Workshop

Progress Art Network will be holding a two day Watercolour Portrait Workshop with award winning Sky Arts artist Aine Divine. It will be held on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 11am to 5pm each day in Breaffy NS, School Hall. The fee for the course is €250 for the two days. For more information contact Cathal on (087 ) 6699142.

Greenway Market

Greenway Market is on this Saturday and every Saturday, from 10am to 2pm in Castlebar Social Services Centre, Castle St car park. Home baked, home grown, hand crafted and wellness items all for sale.

Custom House Studios exhibition

Custom House Studios are pleased to host a group exhibition - Lurid Ideal - featuring works from Christopher James Burns, Craig Donald, Anna Marie Savage and Anne Marie Taggart every day until Monday, June 3.

Quay Community Centre Women's Group

The Women's Group from the Quay Community Centre in conjunction with the Octagon Quilters will host an open afternoon on Sunday, June 2 from 1pm to 4pm in the Quay Community Centre. This will be an opportunity to meet these amazing women and see their work. New members are welcome to join in September when the groups resume. Light refreshments will be provided. Contact Rita McNally on (087 ) 0556923 for further details.

Anam Cara evening

Anam Cara Mayo, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly parent evening on Tuesday, May 28 at 7.20pm in the T.F Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. This event offers parents a safe and comfortable forum where they can connect with other bereaved parents who understand the depth of grief and loss that follows after the death of their precious son or daughter. With Summer approaching it can often be a particularly difficult time for bereaved parents whose son or daughter are not here for summer holidays and family occasions. It is important bereaved parents know there is support and resources available.

Barn dance for Hospice

A Big White Barn dance in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice will take place in the Punch Bowl, Ballyhean, Castlebar, on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June. 8 Music by Cliona Hagan and Stuart Moyles on Friday night and Patrick Feeney and Nigel Livingstone on Saturday night. Full bar in Marquee. Tickets available at local Hospice shops, online at or at the Punch Bowl in Ballyheane.

Clogher Nature Walk

A guided nature walk entitled "Wildflowers of the Wetlands" will take place from Clogher Heritage Centre each Tuesday in May commencing at 7pm. Come along and enjoy The Clogher Bog Loop Walk and learn about some of the fabulous variety of wildflowers available to view right on our doorsteps. For further details call Clogher Heritage Centre at (094 ) 9030687.

County Mayo Claremorris Geography of Ireland Ballinrobe Counties of Ireland Ballyhaunis Mayo Senior Football Championship Kilmaine Kiltimagh Mayo Senior Hurling Championship Mayo County Council car park Galway Hospice speaker Clogher Heritage Centre (094) 9388666 Mayo Roscommon Hospice (087) 2929372 (094) 9030687 Patrick Feeney fundraiser [email protected] Pastoral Centre Ballina Family Resource Centre Mayo Cancer (087) 2804164 Post Office Castlebar Tennis Club Quay Community Centre Bank Holiday Park Hotel Castlebar Co. Garrymore Hall Football Association of Ireland Paul Byrne Cara Mayo Dalton Inn online booking system Stuart Moyles [email protected] The Football Association (086) 8579678 (087) 6699142 Dalton Inn Hotel Balla Community Resource Centre custom house Rugby Club (094) 9377838 Michael Rattigan Full bar Club Members Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre Sharon Cameron New (087) 2898229 June Bank Holiday Inagh Valley (097) 85727 Mayo Cancer Support Organisation Mayo Athletic Club Active Retirement Association (087) 6542445 Castlebar Social Services Centre environment awareness officer Kiltimagh/Knock Utd FC Co School Hall (097) 88935 Garrymore GAA Lip Sync Battle Garrymore GAA Club [email protected] (094) 9548002 (086) 3527455 senior team player (086) 060 3654 Anne Marie Taggart fundraiser for Mayo SPCA T.F Royal Hotel Christopher James Burns Anna Marie Savage Shed The Men Craig Donald Nigel Livingstone (087) 0556923 (085) 7464367 Aine Divine Cliona Hagan (086) 2695851 Cancer Support Organisation Sky Arts artist (087) 2336887 Children's Bouncy Castle Garrymore Development Fund Cycling Centre Cycling Centre/Water Towers

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