The Weekend in Mayo

It’s all about choral music this weekend in Mayo with 33 international, national and local choirs in town for the International Choral Festival. But there’s bluegrass, Godzilla, local bands and artists, and some ballet too!

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Choral concerts, Mayo International Choral Festival Various venues throughout the county

A series of choral concerts will be held at venues throughout Mayo this evening (Friday ) as part of the Mayo International Choral Festival, which runs from May 13 to 18.

The concert venues are Ballina Arts Centre (8.30 pm ); Ballintubber Abbey (8.30 pm ); St Coleman’s Church, Claremorris (8 pm ); Swinford Cultural Centre (8.30 pm ).

Visit for more information or MayoChoral on Facebook.

Ballet, The Sound of Musicals Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, all weekend

The talented children of the Mayo School of Ballet present this performance on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 3 and 7 pm and again on Sunday at 3 pm.

The ballet performance is set to some of the best loved music from the musicals, including songs from The Lion King, Cats, Sister Act and Matilda.

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Live music, Various acts Mill Times Hotel, Westport, all weekend

There’s live music all weekend in the Mill Times Hotel, Westport.

Conor Duffy kicks off the weekend tonight (Friday ). On Saturday, Tequila are performing and Sunday will see The Survivors on stage.

Choral competitions, Mayo International Choral Festival Various venues, Saturday and Sunday

Saturday and Sunday will see 33 international, national and local choirs competing for titles at the international choral festival.

All competitions are open to the public and admission is €5. For times and venues, visit

Street music, Mayo International Choral Festival Various venues, Saturday

A series of outdoor concerts will be held in Castlebar on Saturday (tomorrow ) as part of the Mayo International Choral Festival.

The choirs will give short performances on the streets of the county town and in the Mayo Memorial Peace Park.

For more information, visit

Cinema, Godzilla In local cinemas this weekend

The king of all monsters gets a reboot with this Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures production by Gareth Edwards, who gained critical attention with his intimate twist on the giant-creature genre with his feature-film debut, Monsters. David Goyer (The Dark Knight ) provides the script.

It opens in Mayo Movie World, Castlebar, tonight (Friday ).

Dawn chorus, Mayo International Choral Festival Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, Sunday, 8 am

Sing in the new dawn on Sunday morning on the shores of scenic Lough Lannagh.

The informal gathering will see participating choirs and members of the public come together in song to celebrate the Mayo International Choral Festival.

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Bluegrass, The Molly Hicks McGings Bar, Westport, Friday

Galway-based bluegrass duo The Molly Hicks are playing tonight (Friday ) in McGings Bar, Westport, to celebrate the launch of the eighth Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival. Blending bluegrass, folk and country, entry to this gig, at 9 pm, is free.

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