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Siamsa Sráide  Swinford: 29 July - 3 Aug 

Siamsa Sráide Swinford is a summer street festival with open-air Céilí, Dancing, Heritage Day and International Busking Competitions.  There are also history walks talks and poetry recital.

T: 086 805 9172



Westport Music Festival

Looking for some Bluegrass or Country music? How about a Lady Gaga tribute act or the winner of the 2010 Glór Tíre? Westport Music Festival offers all this and more! It takes place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th August and incorporates children’s events, and Westport Heritage Day in addition to a broad variety of musical offerings.

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Ballycroy Festival

From the 4th to the 6th of August Ballycroy host their annual festival. There are opportunities for session musicians of all ages and abilities to get involved in the August Seisiun on Friday 5th August. Interested in motoring of the two-wheeled variety? A Honda 50 run takes place on Saturday 6th August. There are plenty of other events taking place over the course of the festival and everyone will be made welcome!

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Ceol na Locha Summer School

Ceol na Locha Summer School takes place in the Gaeltacht area of Tourmakeady, County Mayo.   The event takes place annually and the dates this year are from Monday 8th to Friday 12th August.

This unique week long event promotes the learning of musical instruments, dancing and painting through the medium of Irish.   There are many activities to choose from such as Set dancing, Sean nos dancing, art, accordion, flute, tin whistle guitar, banjo & mandolin, fiddle, concertina, bodhrán and Comhrá Gaeilge that will help prepare students for the oral Irish Junior and Leaving Cert.

All teachers are qualified and well experienced in their instruments.  They join in the evening entertainment with the students and locals in the local hostelries. The classes take place mornings (10am – 1.30pm) in the well known local Irish College Coláiste Mhuire.

In addition, for those who are interested, there is a Farmers Market on the first day, various workshops take place during the week plus a guided walk in the area. At the close of the summer school the teachers and students participant in an end of school concert,   It is a great opportunity for all the participants to play and dance together. 

Early Friday evening there will be a Barbeque for everyone at Paddy’s Bar which is in the village. The school has over the years taken on an international flavour with participants from the UK., USA., and all over Ireland.  

The application form is available here.

We are extremely grateful to - Foras na Gaeilge, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and the Arts Council, Mayo Co. Co. for their continued support to the festival .        

T: 094 9544 295 | 087 648 4078


Westport Heritage Day

Sunday 7th Aug 2011


Come along and join us on this year’s Heritage Day, Lá Oidhreachta Chathair na Mart while we take a look back in time on life in Ireland fadó. This day is full of activities for all the family with a huge variety of Musical, Poetry and Drama entertainers on the day.  The Mall in Westport will be full of tradesmen and women selling their produce and demonstrating showing how things were done generations before the Ipod!!! The mall will be vibrant engrossing you for hours with spinners, butter makers, wood turners, potters, a tin maker, basket makers, bee-keepers and jewellery makers. With a huge display of Vintage Cars, Honda 50’s, Thrashers, and Tractors on the Fairgreen there really is something for everyone in Westport on this day.

Not only will there be a farm at this heritage day but we will also show you the range of animals that live in Ireland now.

Local artists, including a Street Céilí with the Matt Cunningham Band will be taking stage including Sean Nós & Damhsa Seit  Children’s Entertainment will include wonderful Interactive Storytelling Shows of Cú Chulainn & Grainne Mhaol, Poetry Reading and Drama’s.

Guided Historical Tours of Westport will commence all day to discover Cathair na Mart in another way.

This day is a full filled day of activities with NO admission charge. So don’t miss out on a great day for all the family.

There will be two Competitions on the day… A Traditional Music Busking Competition and a Best Heritage Dressed Competition. With Great Prizes to be won!!!

All of you musicians out there,  bring along your bosca ceoil and get the streets of Westport dancing again!!!

For further information or to get involved please contact the heritage day committee:

T:  098 27375, 098 26555





National Heritage Week 2011

National Heritage Week 2011 looks set to be the biggest yet with over 1300 events due to take place nationwide from Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th August and we are still counting! This year will see the old Irish tradition of storytelling being celebrated as the first day of National Heritage Week (Saturday 20th August) designated National Tell Tale Day. Whilst Heritage Week in itself tells the rich and diverse story of our Heritage over 100 specific storytelling themed events for children and adults will take place across the country during the week. 

The majority of events throughout the week are FREE to attend and there is something for everyone…You can catch a glance of the bats of Killaloe, trace your ancestors in County Cork, hear the untold stories of Huntington Castle in Carlow, explore lightkeepers’ houses along the coast, see a medieval weapons display in County Donegal, hear author Tom McCaughren read from his award winning fox books in the National Library, listen to a traditional music session with Mick O’Brien & family in the Botanical Gardens Glasnevin, tour the tower and ringing room of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, hear the tales of the famous White Mice of the Casino Mario, view a classical dingy boat race in Dun Laoghaire, make your very own wrenboy costume and hat in Fermanagh, bring your teddy for a picnic at Connemara National Park, dig up some bones at an archaeological dig for children in Tralee, attend demonstrations of making stained glass and stone cutting in Kilkenny, take an evening chorus walk on Abbeyleix Bog, listen to stories of the sea in Waterford, attend a poetry reading by Paul Muldoon in Carrick-on-Shannon, bring your precious treasures to a conservation workshop and tell the story of your keepsakes in Ballina, explore the mystery of Tara in Meath, follow Obama’s tour of Offaly, take a guided tour of Coopershill House in Sligo, hear the tale of the wicked Earl in Mullingar and take part in a traditional boat building workshop in Wexford.

Complete event listings are also available on the National Heritage Week website, For updates on events throughout the week, log on to or follow us on Twitter @heritageweek or the Heritage Week Facebook page.

National Heritage Week      T: 056 777 0 777   

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Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

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John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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Culture Night 2016

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