Community Diary

International Walk Day

Castlebar ICA guild are hosting their walk this evening, Friday, April29 at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar at 8pm, refreshments will be served afterwards in Lough Lannagh Holiday Village.

Kilmovee Community Centre Open Day

Kilmovee Community Centre and Cairdeas Family Resource Centre will hold an information evening, tonight, April 29, from 5pm to 8pm in the community centre. Information on all the community services provided will be available. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Kickstart 1 Soccer Coach Education Course

The Football Association of Ireland is holding a Kick Start 1 Coach Education Course in Manulla FC on Saturday June 11 from 9am to 5.30pm. Participants must attend all modules of the course in order to qualify for certification. This course is designed to assist beginner coaches, parents, and teachers introduce young children (six-nine ) to fundamental warm up activities, basic activities, and fun games in a safe, structured, and stimulating environment. Course fee is €45. This course is limited to 24 participants so book early to avoid disappointment. For more information contact Paul Byrne (086 ) 8579678 or [email protected].

Bealtaine in Westport

2016 marks the Bealtaine Festival’s 21st birthday and more than 120,000 people now take part in Bealtaine. The Bealtaine Festival is a celebration of creativity as we age, and events will take place across Mayo to mark the occasion. This year, as part of the fun, Westport Library has arranged a Pilates workshop with local instructor Hilary Kiely from Westport’s CoreWorks Pilates centre. The workshop will take place on Thursday May 17 at noon and has been specially tailored by Hilary to encourage participants to think differently about their bodies and exercise through Pilates. The workshop will be gentle, safe, and great fun. Exercise clothing is advised but not necessary and exercises can be done in a sitting or resting position. More information is available by calling (098 ) 25747 or on

Ballina to host settlement conference

This May, Ballina will host the annual conference of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement. The group, whose stated aim is to explore the nature and development of Irish settlement, will hold its conference at the Twin Trees Hotel from Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8. This year the conference will take place thanks to the generous support and assistance of Mayo County Council and the North Mayo/West Sligo Heritage Group.

Pilates in Balla

Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility, posture, and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. Classes with Natalie Langan for adults of all abilities and ages, in Balla Community Centre, Wednesdays at 7pm. To sign up contact Natalie on (087 ) 2340695 or Mary on (087 ) 1850860.

Orthodox services

A Holy Orthodox Pascha Eastern Rite Community, the Holy Pascal Vigil and Divine Liturgy (Mass ) will take place at 11.30pm tomorrow, April 30 in The Church of the Holy Rosary Castlebar. All are most welcome, bring traditional foods for clergy blessing during this liturgy. For more details call (087 ) 6564738 after 2pm.

Balla parent and toddler group

The parent and toddler group Monday morning from 10.30am to 12 noon. Enjoy a coffee/tea and meet some friends. All are welcome.

Horticulture training

Horticulture training (QQI Level 3 ) will be held in Swinford on Tuesday May 3 and will run every Tuesday for five weeks from 10am to 4pm. The course is free to unemployed and part-time employed people. The purpose of the course is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skills, and competence to plant, grow and maintain a range of vegetables. Places are limited and must be pre-booked by contacting Dolores McNicholas at (087 ) 7704251 or (094 ) 9256745. Email [email protected]. This training is delivered by Mayo North East and is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

Mayo Day Ballyhaunis

Today, April 30 from 8.30pm in support of Mayo Day in Ballyhaunis Phillips Bar is hosting a exciting night of music with Mayo songs and tunes with Joe Byrne and friends. Joe is an accomplished musician and hosts a regular slot on Mid West Radio, call in and see for yourself, this promises to be an excellent night of ceoil agus craic.

Swinford Tidy Towns

Swinford Tidy Towns will be taking part in this year’s ‘Clean Up Mayo Day’ which will be held on Mayo Day, tomorrow April 30. The clean up will meet as usual at 11am at the No Name Club on Chapel St. All help is greatly appreciated. The orgainsers would ask you to wear the Mayo colours as there will be lots of photos taken for #MayoDay, if you are taking part.

Senior alert scheme – panic button

Are you in fear of falling, being attacked, or broken into in your own home? Are you over 65 and living alone, or with another person over 65 and living in Ballina/surrounding areas? If so you could be entitled to a free personal alarm panic button. (monitoring fees apply ). For more information call in or ring (096 ) 75573.

Westport Library poster exhibit

Westport Library is currently displaying an original poster, published by The Mayo News in 1916, advertising a fundraising concert for equipment for the Irish Volunteers which was held in Westport Town Hall on the eve of the Easter Rising. Westport Library also has a range of books on the dramatic events of that Easter. Also on display are a dozen newspaper front pages from the days of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Quay School anniversary

For anyone who has an association with the Quay School it is hard to believe that it is 25 years since the Quay School moved into its present building. While several renovations have taken place, the key on the old school was turned for the last time in June 1991 and pupils relocated to the present building in September of the same year. A short film of the official closing of the old school is available to view on the Quay School website The board of management and parents association are working on several events to mark this anniversary with a particular emphasis on reconnecting with past pupils. With this in mind, three unique events are in the process of being organised, all of which will take place in June. Firstly, the annual Quay School Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday June 12 and an invitation is extended to everyone who has an association with the school. A Mass will be held in St Mary’s Church on June 18 and all members of the community are invited to attend. Full details will be available over the coming weeks. Finally, an anniversary function will be held in the Westport Coast Hotel on the night of June 18. This function will feature live music, special guest performances, and an auction. Tickets will be available in mid-May and are limited.

Tourmakeady 1916 event

Coiste Pobal Tuar Mhic Éadaigh plans to unite the celebration of Mayo Day 2016 and the celebration of 1916, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2, at 4pm. In May 1916 the Srah Company of Volunteers held a procession from Srah Bridge to Srah National School, where Tom Lally and Eamonn Rabbitte read the Proclamation to honour the recently executed 1916 leaders. This was one of the earliest gatherings to commemorate 1916 held in the county. The organisers propose to re-enact this commemoration on May 2 by marching from Srah Bridge to the naíonra in Srah and then reciting the Proclamation as Gaeilge. Afterwards, at the same location, they will re-launch Michael Lally’s book The Tan War in Ballyovey. Michael’s son Tomás will talk about this era of our history and how Srah was to the fore in the War of Independence in Mayo.

Support group for people affected by a diagnosis of cancer

Knock Counselling Centre will be hosting a five-week course aimed at promoting self-care and emotional wellbeing for people affected by cancer. The programme will be facilitated by Mary McDermott, cancer survivor and psychotherapist at the centre. Dates: five consecutive Tuesday evenings, 6pm to 7.30pm, commencing May 31. Price: €50. To book a place call Knock Counselling Centre, (094 ) 9375032, or email [email protected].

Climate change conference - Knock

A one-day conference entitled ‘Climate Change and Me: Rising to the Laudato Si Challenge’ will take place tomorrow April 30 in the Rest and Care Centre at Knock Shrine from 10am to 4pm. Professor John Sweeney, NUI Maynooth, will discuss the latest science of climate change. There will be talks on sustainability, water conservation, and recycling. Beekeepers Mayo, Green Sod, and a host of other environmental groups will be available for advice on the day. Entry is €10 and students go free. More information available on

Bargain hunt extravaganza in Claremorris

Cúram Family Centre, Claremorris, will hold a bargain hunt extravaganza on Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8 as a fundraiser for the centre. If you have new or nearly new items lying around the house, garden shed, attic, or workplace that you do not need and you would gladly part with because they are taking up valuable space, this is a great chance to get rid of some of them. Whether it is unwanted presents, a small piece of furniture, a bicycle, gardening tools, ornaments, plants, paintings, mirrors, lamps, or other household items, Cúram is asking you to donate your unwanted items to its bargain hunt extravaganza. Please do not donate clothes, shoes, books, toys, used electrical items or large pieces of furniture. The centre is accepting donations now so you can leave your unwanted items at the centre. The organisers of this event thank you in advance for your generosity.


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