Community Diary

Pupils from Scoil Raifteirí, Castlebar, at the National Museum of Ireland of Country Life, see the new exhibition 'The Hoard and the Sword: Echoes of the Vikings in Mayo'. Photo: Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

Pupils from Scoil Raifteirí, Castlebar, at the National Museum of Ireland of Country Life, see the new exhibition 'The Hoard and the Sword: Echoes of the Vikings in Mayo'. Photo: Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

Breaffy walking group

Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Breaffy GAA is organising a Breaffy walking group for beginners and advanced walkers of all ages, for men and women. Go along to information/registration evening on Wednesday July 6 at 8pm in Breaffy GAA clubhouse.

Furnace 10k walk for hospice

The annual around the lake, Furnace 10k walk in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice will take place on Sunday July 10 - starting from Derradda Community Centre (just off the Newport to Mulranny road ) between 12 noon and 2pm. Go along and make a donation on the day or request a sponsorship card from Margaret at (086 ) 8335394 or Helen at (087 ) 2263540. Join in on this beautiful walk and support this worthy cause. Refreshments are served at the finish line.

Family Focus week in Knock

Family Focus Week will take place at Knock Shrine from Saturday, July 9 to Friday, July 15, offering a programme of events developed to support and encourage families. The programme will include morning and evening workshops on a range of topics. A special feature of the week is the blessing of a new remembrance garden, dedicated to the memory of all deceased children. The blessing will take place on Saturday, July 9 at 2pm. All events are free of charge and open to all. For more information or to see the full programme, log on to or contact The Family Centre at Knock Shrine on (094 ) 93 75320 or email: [email protected] 

Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association thanks

The Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association held its annual barbecue in the Gateway Leisureplex on June 24. Music was provided on the night by The Duets. A great night was had by all who attended. The organisers would like to extend a sincere thank you to the management and staff of The Gateway Leisure; they would also like to thank all who sponsored food for the event, namely O'Haras Bakery, Carrs Foods, Tom Dempsey, Sheridan’s Butchers, Surdival Foods, Reilly’s Butcher, Bangor Erris, John Conroy Fruit and Veg, and Cuffe’s Centra. Thanks also to those who donated spot prizes. They would also like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the people of Erris for their continued support.

Life Drawing workshop in Quay Community Centre

Progress Art Network will host a two day life drawing workshop with Japanese artist Sahoko Blake in the Quay Community Centre Westport on Saturday and Sunday July 2 and Sunday, July 3 from 11am to 4pm each day. The cost is €120. For more information call Cathal McCarthy on (087 ) 6699142 or email [email protected] to book. Beginners are welcome and lunch and materials are provided.

Brian Langan fundraising event

A fundraising event in support of Westport man Brian Langan who suffers from MS will be held in Hotel Westport and will see the return for one  night only of Rooftops to the venue will take place this evening, Friday July 1. The night will see entertainment provided by The Clandestions, a seven piece ska, roots and reggae band, with DJ after. Tickets cost €15 and are available from T Burkes, Tobys, McGings, The Helm, and The Towers, doors open at 9.30pm, with music getting under way at 10pm. 

Mini-vigil in Knock

A public mini-vigil will be held at Knock Shrine on Friday July 1 with confessions from 8pm to 9pm and Vigil from 9pm until midnight in Knock Parish Church.

Kilmovee heritage tour

As part of the Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School (July 3 to 8 ) a heritage tour will take place on Sunday July 3. The tour which is open to the public and free to attend will commence at the ‘Cois Tine’ Heritage Centre in Kilmovee at 2pm.

Peace Park Somme event

The Mayo Peace Park Committee are hosting a special National Day of Commemoration ceremony for the Mayo area, at 12 noon on Sunday July 10 in the Mayo Peace Park in Castlebar. The main focus on this event  is  to remember the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, as so many Irish soldiers died in the carnage of that terrible battle. Huge numbers of those were from the west of Ireland. Mayo Peace Park would like to invite relatives and family members to join them on the day. For more information [email protected].

Knock Basilica Rededication

Knock Basilica will be officially rededicated on Saturday July 16 at 3pm. The Mass will be concelebrated by Cardinal Seán O’Malley and the Archdiocese of Boston who are on a historic pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, accompanied by the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh. All are welcome to attend. More information:

20k in One Day

Mayo Gaels' Bórd na nÓg has set up an initiative to raise money for two amazing children's charities, The Ronald McDonald House and The Jack & Jill Foundation. It is holding a 24-hour event from 7pm on August 12 to 7pm on August 13, and it involves 20,000 laps of the walking track in Abbey Park, Mayo Abbey. Sponsorship cards are available by contacting James Fallon on (087 ) 908 1818.

Castlebar food and craft markets

The Castlebar indoor food and craft markets are in the Tennis Pavilion on today from 9am until 2pm. Support local food and craft producers.

Run Islandeady 5 and 10k

To coincide with the Islandeady Family Festival, Islandeady Cycling Club is hosting its inaugural 5k and 10k race on Saturday July 30, starting at 10am from Jack's Old Cottage, Islandeady, Castlebar. This year’s charity partner is the Melissa Patterson fund which was established last year following the tragic death of Melissa in a road accident. The aim of this fund is highlighting sport in honour of Melissa's name, with special emphasis on supporting children from a disadvantaged background. The race is officially measured and licence is granted by Athletics Ireland in conjunction with Westport Athletics Club. The race will be manually timed.The race will then start and finish at Jack's Old Cottage, Derrycourane, Islandeady, at 10am sharp on Saturday July 30. From there participants will run in a clockwise direction around a 5km route ending back at Jack's Cottage. Those entering the 10km event must cover the route a second time. Parking will be available adjacent to Jack's Cottage. Participants will be able to collect their race number in Jack's Cottage from 8am until 9.30am on the morning of raceday. Race briefing will be at 9.45am. Refreshments will be served after. Entry is €10 per adult, €20 per family, and under 16s are free. You can register on the morning of the event or pre-register now on  Keep up to date on the event details on


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