Autojumble in Ballyglass

Ballyglass Heritage Club annual Autojumble and Auction on Sunday March 24 at Malone's Ballyglass from 11am.

Usual classic cars, tractor and truck dealers in attendance. Auction entries by 11 am, for more info contact Patsy on 087 212 3260.

Two day bazaar

A two day bazaar will take place on March 23 and 24 at St Anne’s Boxing Club, James Street Car Park, Westport. Doors open at 10.30am. All proceeds for United Christian Aid Moldova whose projects this year include sending a truck with aid to Moldova and providing 120 poor kids in Moldova with a hot meal each day

Easter egg hunt in Belcarra

A cake sale and Easter egg hunt on Sunday March 31 at 10.30am at Belcarra Community Centre. There will be a raffle and spot prizes. Proceeds in aid of Belcarra Sports Centre and Hand in Hand children’s cancer charity.

Westport Civic Trust talk

Back, by popular request, will be professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín of NUI Galway to continue his exposition on early Irish history. His last lecture on the foundation of Mayo Abbey concluded with the year AD664 and many issues unresolved. To find out what happened next, come to his talk at The Atlantic Coast Hotel on Tuesday April 16 at 8pm. More details from Pip Murphy on 087 266 3423.

25 card drive

The last game of the season for Cloonlyon Parents Association will take place tonight (Friday March 22 ) at 9pm in the Pastoral Centre, Charlestown. Admission €5, prizes galore.

Talk in Louisburgh

On Easter Monday, April 1 at 8.30pm, Louisburgh HQ is presenting the first in their series of talks for 2013 at the HQ building. Journalist Nick Harman, who presented Panorama on the BBC, will talk about the parish and some history.

25th anniversary of the Passion Play

Ballintubber Abbey presents the 25th anniversary of the Passion Play. The play will be held on Monday March 25, Tuesday March 26 and Wednesday March 27 at 9pm. As it takes place outdoors you are advised to bring suitable clothing.

Áras Inis Gluaire – Men’s community initiative

Art in the Afternoon continues every Monday from 2pm to 4pm. Indoor bowls continues every Thursday in Belmullet Sports Complex form 7pm to 9pm.

Course on dreams

A one day workshop on dreams will take place on Saturday March 23 from 10.30am to 4pm in the Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar and is presented by Kathleen Duffy who is a renowned expert on dreams. Further information from the Family Centre on 094 902 5900.

Family fun day for Aware

An Easter party will take place on Saturday March 30 in the Breaffy House Sports Arena in Castlebar, from 2pm to 5pm. This year’s event is in aid of Aware, a charity which helps those affected by depression. The event is a family fun day with an Easter egg hunt, bouncy castles, kids disco, pet farm by Horkans Petworld and Mayo ISPCA, and lots of free Easter eggs.

Entry is just €12 per family. Further info available from John O’Shaughnessy on 087 289 0533.

The Emigrants Farewell

The show will be performed on Saturday March 23 in Aras Inis Gluaire at 8.30pm. Doors open at 8pm. Advance booking and ticket information 087 118 5559 or email [email protected].

Walk/run for Hospice

Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service need volunteers to participate on their behalf in the west of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon in Castlebar on Sunday May 5. Sponsorship cards available. Contact 094 938 8666. All funds raised local stay local.

Family day in Claremorris

Claremorris browsing club family fun day at the square on March 23 from 1pm to 5pm.

Lots of fun, arts and crafts, treasure hunt, face painting, teddy tombola and chicken bingo. Claremorris Community Radio broadcasting live on the day.

Castlebar ICA

Castlebar ICA Guild is holding an Easter cake sale on Sunday March 24 in the Parish Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar after 8.30am, 10.30am, and noon Masses. All proceeds going to Mayo Suicide Liaison Project, Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar.

Pilgrimage

A seven day spiritual, cultural and historical pilgrimage tour to Poland and the Czech Republic takes place from August 18 to 25 with Fr Karl Burns as spiritual director.

The tour takes in Prague, Krakow, Lagiewniki, Wadowice, Auschwitz and Warsaw. Full details from Norah on 094 902 1510 or 087 253 3272.

Play staged in Brickens

The Kilmovee and Carracastle Players in association with Little Acorns Children’s Centre, Brickens will stage the hilarious play The Maiden Aunt in Brickens Community Centre on Friday night March 22 at 8.30pm.

Tickets €10. Limited seating. Pre-booking advisable contact 086 067 4463.

Claremorris Community Radio

The radio station is looking for volunteers. No previous experience of radio or broadcasting is necessary and full training will be provided to all volunteers. Call into the station in the Town Hall, Claremorris. Call Gordon on 087 063 7637 / 094 937 3737 or email [email protected]

Bingo in Belmullet

The annual Easter bingo, in association with Belmullet GAA, will be held in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet on Sunday March 24 at 7.30pm. Light refreshments served.

Erris Agricultural Show

The next meeting of the Erris Agricultural Show will be on Monday March 25 at 9pm in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual dinner dance which will take place on April 20th in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel.

Tickets can be had from any committee member or Hegarty's Gift Shop.

Table quiz in Ballina

Tonight (March 22 ) a table quiz takes place in the Loft Bar, Pearse Street, Ballina at 9pm. This is a huge effort to assist local man James Geraghty of Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacy to raise funds for both Temple Street Hospital and Mayo/Roscommon Hospice, as he embarks on the world's toughest race, Les Sables Marathon, in the Sahara Desert.

A fun night is on the cards with great raffle prizes and also prizes for 1st and 2nd placed quiz teams. €20 per table of four.

Ballinrobe Tidy Towns

Local residents are requested to support the twice weekly town centre clean-ups and the annual approach roads clean-ups. The next town centre clean-up is on Easter Sunday (meet at 9.30am at Cornmarket ). The first approach road clean-up of the season is on the Castlebar Road on Good Friday (meet at 10am at the old church ).

Parenting alone group

Ballina FRC is starting a support group for people parenting alone. If you would like to be part of this programme please call Clara at 096 75573 or 087 061 8525.

IWA ask for your support

Please support the Irish Wheelchair Association services in Mayo by participating in the West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon on Sunday May 5.

All funds raised in Mayo stay in Mayo. Services provided in Mayo include social clubs in Castlebar, Claremorris and Ballina. People from other towns like Westport, Swinford, Ballyhaunis, Foxford and Ballinrobe also attend their centres and are transported there by way of IWA fully accessible buses. They also provide holiday services and personal assistant services to people with physical disabilities in Mayo.

For further information please contact Martina Reid, service manager at 7 Davitt Lane, Castlebar. Tel: 087 678 9843 or email [email protected]

Michael Harding reading in Westport

Acclaimed author and playwright Michael Harding will read from his new memoir Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking, at a special Rolling Sun Book Festival Spring event, in The Clew Bay Hotel, Westport, at 8pm on Thursday, March 28. Bookings for reading, wine and tapas €10 at 098 28088.

The Gathering Mayo

Gathering events happening in your area in the coming few days:

Great Western Greenway Challenge Event, March 23, Westport to Achill

Mayo Mud Run, March 23, Ballina

Farrelly Family Reunion, March 28- April 1, Killala

Kiltane GAA Gathering, March 30-April 1, Bangor Erris

Easter at Westport House, March 31, Westport

Visiting of Castlebar’s twin town Hoechstadt, March 31, Castlebar

For further listings see www.thegatheringireland.com

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