Beard shave in Erris

A local businessman will have his beard shaved off on Friday May 15 in the Western Strands Hotel at 9.30pm in aid of the Erris Cancer Support Group. Please support.

Child protection in sport

A four hour workshop over two evenings on the Code of Ethics and Best Practice in Sport will be held in the Mayo Education Centre, Old Westport Road, Castlebar, on Tuesday May 19 and Wednesday May 20 at 7.30pm.

The course is facilitated by the Mayo Sports Partnership and is for children’s officers and/or designated persons, sports leaders, and other adults involved in the organisation of sport for young people. Places are limited. Contact 094 904 7025.

Famine Walk 2009

The Action from Ireland Famine Walk 2009 will take place on Saturday May 30 beginning in Louisburgh at 2pm.

AFRI is a group of committed and creative people who seek to promote debate and influence policy and practice in Ireland and internationally on human rights, peace and justice issues. Walk leaders will be Willie and Mary Corduff (Erris ); Philip Ikurusi (Niger Delta ), and Gary Whitedeer (Choctaw ).

Féile na Tuaithe

On Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24 from 12pm to 5pm Féile na Tuaithe, a free family event will take place at the National Museum of Ireland, Country House, Turlough.

The two day event will include craft and artisan food stands, children’s activities, storytelling, music, community arts project, face painting, demonstrations, and workshops.

On Saturday May 23 from 2pm to 3.15pm (adults ) and 3.30pm to 4.30pm (children ) drawing workshops in association with the National Gallery of Ireland will take place.

On Tuesday May 26 from 4pm to 5pm a junior event workshop about clay weaving will take place, while on Thursday May 28 from 2pm to 3.30pm a garden tour with garden restoration supervisor Noreen Hennigan will take place. For more information contact 094 903 1775.

Ballina theatre fundraising

Councillor Michelle Mulherin (chairperson ) Ballina Theatre and Arts Centre fundraising committee would like to thank the following for assisting in fundraising efforts: For the springtime concert at the Downhill House Hotel — the Moy Singers and the Garda Male Choir. Thanks to Monica Duffy and The Moy Singers and to Sean Campion and the Ballina Lions Club for organising the event, and to the Moylett family for making their premises available for the event

For the art sale hosted by the Ice House Hotel — thanks to the artists who contributed their works of art, to Pearse Farrell and the management and staff at the Ice House for the venue and hospitality, and to Sean Walsh and staff at Ballina Arts Centre.

For the no uniform day at Scoil Íosa, Ballina, on National Spring Clean Day — thanks to children who dressed up for the day in recyclables; to their parents for contributing, and to school principal Sheila O'Grady, Siobhan Leonard, Joan Corry and all the staff for organising the event with the support of Ballina Tidy Towns.

“Also I am happy to report that the go-ahead has been given by county manager, Mr Des Mahon, for seeking of tenders from builders for the construction of the theatre,” Cllr Mulherin said. “This brings the reality of a theatre for Ballina a step closer.”

Ballina Croí event

Local heart charity Croí, in partnership with HSE West Mayo Primary, Community, and Continuing Care, has announced details of a healthy heart day in Ballina on Monday May 18 at Ballina Library, Pearse Street, from 9.30am to 4pm.

National Dawn Chorus Day

The Mayo branch of Birdwatch Ireland is holding a dawn chorus walk led by Eoin McGreal from the National Parks and Wildlife Service on Sunday May 17 in Brackloon Woods, Westport.

Meet either at The Octagon, Westport at 4.40am sharp, or at Brackloon Woods for a 5am start. If the weather is suitable there will also be an opportunity to learn about moths and moth trapping in the woods. Contact Wendy 086 338 2808 for further details.


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