Community Diary

Bonamh Market

After the success of last year’s Bonamh Market in Castlebar it has been announced that the market will return to Rush Street in Castlebar tomorrow, August 22. The market will be run in conjunction with Mayo Heritage Week and Déanta I Maigh Eo to showcase the best of Mayo made products.

1798 exhibition on show in Jackie Clarke Collection

A self-guided exhibition takes place in the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, this weekend August 22 and 23. The exhibition commemorates Franco-Irish historical connections and the important role of 1798 in Ireland’s revolutionary past. It is being run as part of National Heritage Week, which aims to build awareness and education about our heritage. Last year, the Jackie Clarke Collection received the award for the Most Innovative Event in the 2014 National Heritage Week Event Organiser Awards for its event Toy Soldiers – WWI Diorama. This year the collection is aiming to build on that success. Displaying documents and artefacts previously not on show, the exhibition celebrates Ireland’s strong links to France. The event runs all weekend and also forms part of the inaugural French Ballina Festival. French Ballina Festival’s French Boulevard accompanies the exhibition, which will bring a carnival atmosphere to the streets around the Jackie Clarke Collection on Sunday.

Claremorris Macra

Claremorris Macra is holding its next meeting this evening, Friday August 21 at 9pm in Maxwells, Claremorris. New members are always welcome. Upcoming competitions and other items will be discussed. Membership is €25 for first time members.

Food safety training

A food safety training course will be held over two half days in the Cultural Centre, Swinford, on Tuesday August 25 and Wednesday August 26. The course is designed to introduce participants to food safety and hygiene issues, and is based on the HACCP criteria set down by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. The course is free to unemployed people who are interested in working in the food industry such as hotels, delis, restaurants, etc. Places are limited and early booking is advised. To register for the training contact Dolores McNicholas at (087 ) 7704251 or email [email protected]. This training is delivered by Mayo North East and is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme 

Bri brain injury support information

Are you looking for information on services in Mayo relevant to an injury sustained by a fall, accident, or stroke? Contact brain injury support and advocacy charity Bri at (087 ) 1685554.

Parke Drama Group

Formed in 2008, Parke Drama Group has annually won audience appreciation for its many quality productions as well as contributing to various charities from proceeds of plays performed.There is always a welcome for new members both on stage and behind the scenes, those interested are invited to attend Parke Drama Group AGM on Monday August 24 at 8pm in Parke Community Hall, and to auditions on Monday August 31 at 8pm for the next production in November. For more information log on to

Safe Pass

Mayo North East is holding a one day Safe Pass Training course for people interested in working in the construction sector. Any person who engages in construction activities is bound by law to hold a valid Safe Pass card. The course is free to anyone over 16 years who is currently unemployed. Training will take place in the Cultural Centre, Swinford, on Saturday August 29 from 8am to 5.15pm. Places are limited and early booking is advised. To register for the training contact Dolores McNicholas at (087 ) 7704251 or email [email protected]. This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme

A trip down memory lane

After the success of last year’s Heritage Week event, there will be a family fun day on the bog on Saturday August 29. This event is being held in conjunction with National Heritage Week and is one of the highlights of the year’s activities at Clogher Heritage Centre. There will be an opportunity to take part in a guided walk along the Clogher Bog Loop Walk. Events will take place from 11am to 2pm and will include traditional turf cutting demonstration using the traditional sléan. You can even have a go yourself. Turf will be taken away from the bog using the donkey and creels. Turf will be taken home to the thatched cottage at Clogher Heritage Centre using donkey and turf cart. Back at the Heritage Centre there will be a blacksmithing demonstration with a local blacksmith. In addition there will be a display of vintage farm machinery.  Refreshments will be available at the Heritage Centre and guests will have an opportunity to visit the thatched cottage and blacksmith’s forge. For many this will be a trip down memory lane and for so many others it will be an opportunity to experience what village life was like in times gone by. For details visit or call (094 ) 9030687.

Coleman Traditional Festival

Every August Ceoláras Coleman, Gurteen, plays host to The Coleman Traditional Festival, this is four evenings of traditional music, song, and dance and is dedicated to the great fiddle player Michael Coleman. This unique once a year event, which is firmly established as one of the best small festivals in Ireland is attracting people from all over the world. The festival started yesterday, August 20, and will run to Sunday August 23 and will play host to a number of high quality musicians, singers, and dancers. A list of events is as follows: This evening, Friday August 21, at 9pm the Knocknashee Céilí Band will be in concert. On Saturday August 22 at 9pm, Damien, Jason and Lorna McGuiness and friends will be in concert. On Sunday August 23 at 6pm an open air music session at the Coleman Cottage Mount Irwin will take place.

Heritage Week in Cong

Heritage Week 2015 runs from Saturday August 22 to Sunday August 30 and this year the Cong Moytura Heritage Society will be hosting two events to showcase the local heritage of Cong. On Sunday August 23 at 3pm there will be a short walk and talk about the Dry Canal in the village of Cong. The walk will start from the tourist information office and refreshments will be served after a short talk in Ryan’s Hotel. There is no charge for this event but donations are very welcome to assist the work of the society. On Tuesday August 25 the Heritage Society is asking local people to bring their old photographs to the Crossroads Community Centre between 6pm and 9pm for inclusion in a new project to capture the history of the local area in images. The Heritage Society will scan and return the photographs right away. There will be a selection of local images on display and a film about the area will be shown throughout the evening. Refreshments will be served through the evening.

Lough Derg pilgrimage

The annual one day pilgrimage from Knock to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday September 5. To book a seat contact Michael on (087 ) 2929372.

Community horticultural project

Growing Locally CLAR IRD's community horticulture project at Mayfield, Claremorris, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. The project is located opposite the Clare Lake entrance, volunteers are encouraged to join each Friday at 11.30am for talks on food and gardening. For more information call (094 ) 9371830.

Camino walk for hospice

Mayo Roscommon Hospice is looking for participants for this year's Camino Trek 4 Hospice challenge. The trek will take place from Saturday October 3 to Saturday October 10. The minimum fundraising target for the trek is €2,500, assistance in fundraising can be obtained from the hospice office in Knock. The trek will be fully supported by a licensed travel agent who specialises in Camino de Santiago tours, this year's trek will be taking the Portuguese path on the Camino. There will be experienced guides on the trek. For more information call (094 ) 9388666 or log on to for more details.


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