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The Síamsa Sráide Swinford Street Festival has everything from open-air Céilí, Dancing, Heritage Day and International Busking Competitions. There are also history walks and talks, poetry recitals, a children’s programme and sport.
Friday 2nd is the Foscailt Oifigiúil, Official Opening of the 29th Síamsa Sráide Street Festival and this is followed with a concert by the very talented Sharon Shannon in the Swinford Parish Church. Not to be missed so get your tickets now!
On Saturday 3rd there’s an Open-Air Disco 9pm while Sunday 4th is the Day of the Children. There’s the Kiddies Party Club, Puppet Shows, Face Painting and for the adults there’s the Social Dancing Workshop, Seisiún na nÓg, 2kn & 8km Fun Run and rounding off the day with a Crossroads Céilí on Wooden Platform

Monday 5th offers a Historic Walk & Talk, Children’s Talent Contest, African Drumming and Creative Dance Display, Cemetery Mass, Arts Concert and closing off the evening with an Open Air Jazz Performance by Sax Pistols.
If you’re still going after all that then Tuesday 6th is the Emigrant, Heritage, Craft and Enterprise Day with Street Market Stalls, Street Drama and Music. Mid West Radio will be broadcasting live and there’s Folk Music, Céilí Mór (on wooden platform) and Social Dancing before finishing the evening off with an Open Air Dance.
Wednesday 7th brings the Festival to a close with the Old Harvest Fair Day. There’ll be Street Stalls & European Market with International Busking Competitions offering a total prize fund of €2,500! Closing celebrations will see the entire town get their dancing shoes on for the Open Air Harvest Fair Dance. A very fitting close to an amazing six days of fantastic entertainment.
Click here to visit the Síamsa Sráide website for more information
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Scoil Acla - Traditional Music and Cultural Summer School

27 July 2013 - 03 August 2013

Scoil AclaisIreland's oldest summer school which was originally founded in 1910 and re-launched in 1985.Scoil Aclacontinually attracts a huge number of visitors, from home and abroad, who are interested in traditional music, culture, the Irish language and the arts. Since its re-launch it has prided itself by offering the very best tuition in traditional music, song and dance as well as a creative writing course, Irish language classes, basket weaving course with all levels catered for from beginner to advanced students in each course.Scoil Aclaalso has a musician in residence programme and invites a poet each year. There are always many other events such as walks, talks, lectures, book launches, CD launches, Hata Acla competition, Gala concert, traditional music recitals, Open air concert and much more.Scoil Aclais ideal for those who want to mix a summer school with a holiday. Many students explore whatAchillhas to offer in the afternoons from EU Blue Flag beaches to mountain climbing, surfing, horse riding, cycling the great Western Greenway, deep sea fishing etc. For an action packed culturally immersed and hugely enjoyable week join in onIreland's largest island forScoil Acla2013. For more details see website.

Telephone:+353 (0)98 20 400



Mayo North Welcome Festival

The Mayo North Welcome Festival is taking place 1-9 August as part of The Gathering celebrations and we would like to keep you up to date with news and updates on the festival programme.

The festival will include the following events, amongst others, plus there will be plenty of nightly entertainment also!   

Concerts & Drama

Traditional Music Sessions 


Boat Trips

Food Events

Cultural Exhibitions

Golfing Events

Children’s Activities

Organised Walks

Visits to Historic/Heritage Sites

Sporting Activities


We would like to extend an invite to all our family and friends wherever they may be to come and enjoy a great ten days of entertainment and our online newsletters will be designed to keep you informed & entertained and short to read.

Westport Festival of Chamber Music

6-8 September 2013  

The first Westport Festival of Chamber Music will be held on 6-8 September 2013.   Both Westport House andHolyTrinityChurchare perfect venues for classical music performances, providing a most appropriate setting for a music festival.     This first festival will have Irish musicians, who are highly successful on the international stage, performing in various small ensemble arrangements.   Violinist Catherine Leonard and pianist Hugh Tinney are the artistic directors and they will be joined by the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and guitarist Redmond O’Toole.   Starting on the Friday night the Leonard and Tinney Duo will open the festival with Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata, the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet will play Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet with Redmond O’Toole and Cesar Franck’s Piano Quintet with Hugh Tinney.   InHolyTrinityChurchon Saturday evening, the Duo will perform Sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms and the second half of the concert will be devoted to a tribute to Fritz Kreisler including many of the musicians’ favourites.   On Sunday afternoon members of the Quartet will join the Duo in duos and trios by Mozart and Brahms.   There will be an annual Invitation concert for young musicians and this year violinist Mairead Hickey and pianist Gary Beecher fromCorkhave been selected by the artistic directors.  They will play works by Schumann, Sarasate and Debussy inHolyTrinityChurchon Saturday at noon.

Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney have given recitals inHolyTrinityChurchover the past few years and are delighted with the prospect of being joined by their guest musicians in such an appropriate venue for music as well as in the majestic Westport House.   They are regarded asIreland’s foremost violin and piano duo, performing together inIrelandand internationally since 1999.   Pianist Hugh Tinney says: "I'm looking forward hugely to this opportunity to bring wonderful chamber music to the beautiful settings of Westport, where the entrancing sounds of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms in live performances can add to the wide range of arts and activities available to residents and visitors alike".

Catherine has been Principal Artist of Camerata Pacifica inCaliforniafor the past nine years as well as performing as soloist with many top orchestras.  Since winning major international piano competitions inItalyandSpain, Hugh Tinney has performed in more than 40 countries.   Also winners of a major competition, the London International String Quartet Competition in 1988, the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet perform around the world as well as being resident quartet for RTÉ and in University College Cork.   Redmond O’Toole is an unusual classical guitarist, with an 8-string guitar which he plays in the cello position.  

Neil Mooney, Festival Chair says “The committee is enjoying great support and encouragement from other arts local arts organisations and we anticipate a big welcome from music lovers for this addition to the music calendar inIreland.”  

The Festival is grant aided by The Arts Council and Westport Town Council.   Patronage and donations will also play a significant part in establishing and continuing a world-class chamber music festival.  Full details and on-line booking are available on or from the Festival Manager, Madeleine Flanagan at      Tickets are available to personal callers in the Clew Bay Hotel.   

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