Community Diary July 10

Community walking programme in Charlestown

Mayo Sports Partnership is promoting locally a Charlestown Walking Group to actively encourage family, friends, neighbours to get walking. All are welcome to join. The group will meet at CBD Sports Complex at 8.30pm on Mondays with the aim of forming a walking club. Funding is in place to develop a walking trail in the town catchment area at Bachelors Walk.

Pioneer Association and Matt Talbot pilgrimage to Knock

The Pioneer Association and Matt Talbot pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday July 19. All pioneers are invited to attend on this special day.

Temper your Anger

Knock Counselling Centre, in conjunction with the Irish Association for Anger Management, is running its popular two-day intensive anger management programme on Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4. The aim of the Temper Your Anger programme is to teach participants healthy ways of understanding and expressing their anger. Assessment interviews for a place on the programme are now taking place. For further information, contact Peter Devers at Knock Counselling Centre on (094 ) 9375032 or log on to

Louisburgh Foróige

Louisburgh Foróige is currently working with the Louisburgh Killeen Heritage committee to try and recover/record as much history as they can on Louisburgh Foróige. Some of what they know so far is already posted on their website,, but there are big gaps in the information available to them. Were you involved in Louisburgh Foróige, as a leader, an officer, or indeed a teen member at any stage? If the answer is yes, then please get in touch. Even if all you have is one photo, they would love to see it. All their contact details are on their website.

Step it out for the Annual Memorial Walk in Achill

The annual Croí ‘Bernie Varley Memorial Walk’ will take place this Sunday July 12 and once again everyone is encouraged to step it out to support the fight against heart disease and stroke. The walk is organised by the local voluntary Croí Friends Achill Committee and will set off from the Achill Sound Hotel at 3pm. This popular six mile route is a fun, family day out, with refreshments provided. Sponsorship cards are available from the Croí Friends Achill Committee or from the Achill Sound Hotel, or a donation can be made on the day. The walk is open to everyone and all funds raised from this event support the work of Heart and Stroke charity Croí in Mayo and the West of Ireland. For more information on this walk contact John McGinty on (087 ) 6794283.

Are you ready for the Mayo Colour Run?

Castlebar is to host to Mayo Colour Run, this Sunday, July 12 at Lough Lannagh. This is a family friendly fun event, where you can run, walk or crawl your way around the route, which is a fundraiser for Aware. Aware helps people affected by depression and anxiety and their families, with support groups weekly throughout Mayo and across the country. The Mayo Colour Run is a family fun event in which participants of all ages, from one to 100 years, are covered from head to toe in different colours as they make their way around the lake. There are only two rules, wear white at the start and end up covered in colour at the end of the day. Tickets available via the Facebook page or on For further info call (087 ) 2890533.

Mayo Group to target Bengorm to support the ‘Drive for Five’

A group of Mayo people are planning a climb of Bengorm in the Nephin Beg range the day before this year’s Connacht Final. They will plant a Mayo flag at the summit to support the Drive for Five. The climb is part of a plan to develop a new Mayo Walking Group. The new group will seek to attract people from all over Ireland to walk and climb in the beautiful surroundings of Mayo. Anyone interested in joining the hike are welcome to join the effort. The group will meet in Kelly’s Kitchen in Newport at 11am on Saturday, July 18, and will be led by an experienced local guide. There is no need to register and anyone interested can just show up on the day. There is no cost involved. Any participants are advised that the hike is a four hour round-trip, and will be challenging. Participants should wear good boots and bring all that is needed for a long hike.

Eastern Rite Liturgy

This Sunday, July 12 in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar, an Eastern Rite Liturgy will take place at 2.30pm. Between 1pm and 5pm a preparation for Novena to Saint Sharbel will take place. Novena prayers and anointing with holy oil from the saint's tomb will also take place. For more details call (086 ) 5654738.

Fundraising tea day

A fundraising tea day will take place in Barnahesker in Kilkelly (across the road from Centra, off the N17 ) in aid of Dylan's Path to Walk and Suicide Awareness. Dylan Towey is a happy, fun loving, four-year-old boy from Ballaghaderreen who has cerebral palsy that mainly affects his legs but his arms are also affected to a lesser extent. He was born 12 weeks early at which stage it was found out he had had a number of strokes before he was born. He spent 11 weeks in hospital during which he had a difficult time. He had two infections and required seven blood transfusions. Unfortunately his premature birth, strokes, and difficult time in hospital left Dylan with permanent damage. He was officially diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 17 months old. Despite all these challenges he has achieved so much, more than a lot of doctors expected of him! He uses a kaye walker to walk short distances but cannot stand or walk unaided. He has been accepted for life changing SDR surgery in the USA, which will reduce the spasticity in his legs and allow him the opportunity to learn how to walk independently. Music will be provided by Matt Keane on the day.

Summer history tours

The summer season of guided historical tours provided by Brían Hoban will commence from next weekend. Guided walking tours of Castlebar will commence on Friday evenings at 7pm and 11am on Saturday mornings, from the Tourist Office at the Linenhall Arts Centre. Group tours at different times can be arranged. Brían will also be running guided walking tours of Murrisk, on Saturdays at 2.30pm and Sundays at 11am, leaving from Campbell's Pub, Murrisk. For more details call Brían on (087 ) 9234504.

Castlebar Summer Markets

Castlebar Summer Markets invites you to a free floral arranging demonstration hosted by Déirdre McCarthy this afternoon, Friday, July 10 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in Castlebar Tennis Club, Lough Lannagh. Déirdre will demonstrate a bridal bouquet, buttonhole, vintage style, China cup and saucer floral arrangements. For more information call (087 ) 1622177.

Furnace Walk

The 17th Annual 10km Furnace walk in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice takes place on Sunday July 19, commencing from Derrada Community Centre at 2pm (located off Newport/Mulranny road ). Sponsorship cards are available. Donations on the day welcome. All proceeds raised locally stay local and will help maintain local palliative care services, which is free of charge to all who need it. Contact (094 ) 938866.

Westport Flower Festival

Westport Flower Festival will be held in Holy Trinity Church from Friday July 10 until Sunday July 12 and will run from 11pm to 6pm each day. This historical church will be filled with blooms and arranged by both professional and amateur flower arrangers from the locality. Everyone is getting involved, from local children planting old wellies and boots to creative individuals, and local groups and families remembering their loved ones in memorial arrangements. There will be refreshments available throughout, with delicious prize-winning homebakes, thanks to the ladies in the parish. All of the funds raised will go towards the restoration work which is now being carried out on the church building. A grand opening will take place on Friday July 10 at 8pm and all are heartily invited. Any individuals, groups, or families who would like to take part can Steve on (087 ) 6961329 or Maggie on (087 ) 4117165.

Liam Lawton to play a concert in St Patrick’s Church, Ballina

The widely acclaimed award winning multi-platinum singer Liam Lawton is to play in St Patrick’s Church, Ballina, on Friday August 28. This summer performance will be a huge fundraising concert in aid of St Muredach’s Cathedral Restoration Fund and the Moy Valley Over 55 Club. Both groups are delighted to be organising such a prestigious event that is surely guaranteed to bring an enthusiastic audience to St Patrick’s Church. Liam Lawton, a Catholic priest working in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, south of Dublin, is widely acclaimed in the religious and musical scene nationally and internationally. His most famous compositions are performed at many religious ceremonies, such as ’The Clouds’ Veil’ and ‘Hiding Place’. Tickets are €20 and will be on sale in the offices of Moy Valley Resources IRD located above SuperValu on Bunree Road and in the Over 55 Club, Cathedral Road. This will be a great community event, so don’t miss out and make sure to save the date. For more information and to book contact Maeve Hopkins on (096 ) 70905.

Killala céilí

A céilí will be held in Killala Community Centre on Friday July 10. Matt Cunningham will perform from 10pm to 1am at the centre, where refreshments will be served to all in attendance.

Keel markets

The Keel Market will take place every Saturday from 10am to 1pm in Keel Hall in Achill, where the best of local produce will be on sale.

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