Easter bazaar

An Easter bazaar and cake sale will take place on Saturday April 23 in St Anne's Boxing Club, James Street Car Park, Westport.

Doors open at 10.30am.

Raffle prizes to be won on the spot. All proceeds to aid United Christian Aid in Moldova

Comedy night in Ballinrobe

Local entertainment promoters GoGoGo in conjunction with Tacu, are organising a Stand-Up Comedy night in The Valkenburg, Ballinrobe on Friday April 29 at 8.30pm (over 18s only ) with all proceeds going towards the new Lake District Youth Facility.

The night will feature 2FM's Hector Ó hEochagáin, support from the new up and coming Chris Kent and MC for the evening will be Mayo born Gerry Mallon. Admission is €15.

Charity cycle around Lough Corrib

The annual Tour de Lough Corrib charity cycle, in aid of local heart charity Croí, will take place on Sunday May 22.

The cycle will leave Galway at 8.30am, taking a route via Moycullen, Oughterard, Maam Cross, Maam Valley, Cornamona, Cong, Headford and finishing back in the city.

Participants must pre-enter to secure their place and sponsorship card and then register on the morning of the event. Log onto www.croi.ie or contact Jeremy on 091 542404 or [email protected]

Volunteer for Hospice

Mayo Roscommon Hospice is looking for volunteers to participate in the West of Ireland mini-marathon on Sunday May 1, The Flora Women’s mini-marathon on Monday June 6, and the Kilmovee Race on Saturday April 23.

All funds raised will go towards supporting local palliative care services in the community. For more information contact 094 938 8666.

Westport Civic Trust

The next Westport Civic Trust talk will be Irish Folklore Traditions of the Spring Season. This talk will be given by Professor Seamus Ó Cathain on Tuesday April 26 at 8pm, at The Atlantic Coast Hotel in Westport.

More details from Pip Murphy on 087 266 3423.

Achill Half-Marathon

The 2011 Achill Half-Marathon will take place on Saturday July 2.

The proceeds of the race will be donated to Croí and St Colman’s Care Centre in Achill Island.

For further details about the Achill Half-Marathon, or to register for the event, visit www.achillmarathon.com

Light a Candle of Hope for Chernobyl

The Chernobyl Children International Castlebar Outreach Group are calling on all supporters to attend a Light a Candle of Hope event on April 25 from 7pm to 9pm at Market Square, Castlebar.

The event will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and it is a unique opportunity to remind the world of the tragic legacy the catastrophe has left behind.

Car boot sale

A car boot sale will take place in the Main Street Car Park, Castlebar on Sunday April 24, from 8am to 3pm.

Phone 086 108 6502 for more information.

New charity shop

Second Thoughts charity shop opens on Main Street Swinford on April 29.

This is the first charity shop in Ireland that will be raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis building fund, Castlebar.

If you would like to donate any unwanted items please phone 085 789 713.

Knock NS

Knock NS Parents Council are holding a scrap metal collection day, to raise funds for the school on Saturday May 21 from 11am until 5pm.

The collection point will be Kilkenny’s pub car park. For further information contact Virginia: 087 962 905; Julie 087 947 1669 or Mandy 086 057 2076.

Tree planting in Castlebar

Are you interested in joining a dynamic group of volunteers to plant trees in Castlebar? If so, why not come along to the Community Garden (An Sruthán/Cois Abhainn estates on the Old Turlough Road ) on Easter Saturday to plant a variety of trees including apple, plum, damson, cherry and nut varieties suitable for the west of Ireland.

This event which will take place at noon, is organised by Mayo Sustainability Forum.

Roads to be blessed

Clerics in Mayo will bless the county’s roads on Easter Sunday, as religious leaders back the campaign to make the roads safer.

1916 commemoration

Mayo Sinn Fein will hold their annual 1916 commemoration this Sunday in Achill following 10am Mass in Dookinella Church.

The parade will assemble at Dookinella Church and proceed from there to The Father Manus Sweeney monument.

Easter rising commemoration

The 95th commemoration of the Easter Rising will take place in East Mayo on Monday April 25. The event is organised by Mayo Republican Sinn Féin. The parade will commence at noon in the village of Kilkelly and march to the East Mayo Brigade monument on the Galway/Sligo road.

There will be a guest speaker and wreath-laying at the East Mayo Brigade monument.

All are invited.

Easter foam party

Claremorris No Name Club are having a massive Easter foam party on Thursday April 28 in Club Blue, Claremorris.

Doors open at 9.30pm and will finish at 12.30am.

This is a No Name Club event for Transition Year and above and will be supervised.

Dawn Mass in Cong

The Chalet, Cong will once again be the breathtaking backdrop for this year’s Easter Sunday (April 24 ) Dawn Mass, which is organised by the Tuam Diocesan Youth Council and hosted by the Parish of Cong.

The Dawn Mass will commence at 6.30am. Visitors are asked to follow the signs from Cong and to use the one-way traffic system which provides an easy exit via the grounds of Ashford Castle.

Volunteers needed in Ballina

Mayo Volunteer Centre has opportunities in the Ballina and surrounding areas.

To find out about volunteer opportunities call the Ballina office at 096 71444/ 087 755 5899.

Achill Walks Festival

The annual walks festival will take place from April 29 to May 2.

A programme of fully guided walks are available throughout the weekend.

Full details and Registration forms are available on www.achilltourism.com or 098 47353/20705.

Gallery at the Quay

The Wright Gallery at the Quay, Westport has reopened with a new exhibition.

Artists Breda Burns, Margaret Duffy, Betty Gannon, Pamela Gray, Claire Griffin, Mary O’Grady, Grainne O’Reilly, Susie Quinn and Sinead Wall have put together a wide variety of work in painting, print, and drawing, framed and unframed.

The gallery is open Thursdays to Sundays, from 1pm to 5pm. All are welcome.

Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre

There are a number of free Easter activities at the centre, which is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm.

On Sunday April 24 there will be a Easter Bunny Hunt (drop in anytime between noon and 4pm ).

On April 26, children’s activities will be Bug Dials and Pond Dipping 2pm (approximately one to two hours )

On April 28, children’s activities will be moths and butterflies at 2pm (approximately one to two hours )

On April 30 and May 1 there will be a guided walk of the 2km trail at noon and 4pm. The walk will take approximately one hour.

Adults must stay with child/children for the duration of the activities.

GIY group in Claremorris

GIY (Grow it Yourself ) Ireland has established a new group in Claremorris.

Meetings are free and open to people who are growing at all levels.

For more information visit www.giyireland.com or email [email protected].

The Mayo Organic Group

The next meeting will be on Thursday April 21 at 8pm in the Mayo Abbey Centre.

The speaker will be David Langford on all you want to know about potatoes.

Chernobyl Children’s Westport group

People are invited to light a candle of hope to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster on Monday April 25 at 7.45pm outside the Town Hall, Westport.

The special ceremony of light is taking place with the support of the 2nd Mayo (Westport ) Scouts who will lay-out a unique

The Chernobyl Children’s Westport Outreach Group will be hosting 12 children for four weeks this summer.

Heinrich Böll weekend

The annual Heinirch Böll Memorial Weekend will take place on Achill Island from Friday April 29 to Sunday May 1.

Further details: 086 232 5516; 087 772 0192.


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