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Bealtaine 2015 – Mayo County Council Arts Office

This is the twentieth year of Bealtaine, Ireland's national celebration of creativity as we age – co-ordinated nationally by Age and Opportunity (an agency set up to challenge negative attitudes to ageing and to promote greater participation by older people in society). Bealtaine aims to involve older people in the arts, through expression and active participation. It also encourages older people to engage as an experienced audience for all art forms.

During May 2015 Mayo County Council Arts Office have organised a programme of engaging events throughout Mayo, including poetry, theatre, choral workshops, readings, film screenings and music.  The main features of this year’s programme are:

  • Poetry Day Ireland – Reading with Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins and Mayo’s Martin Dyar in Mayo County Library Castlebar on May 7th at 7pm.  All welcome
  • Theatre Laboratory -  is a Mayo County Council Arts Office and Bealtaine Festival partnership, where theatre artist Niamh McGrath will work with theatre practitioners Raymond Keane and Keith Singleton to explore ideas to generate a new work for performance in 2016
  • The Dresser Project with Michael Fortune - a new body of work for the 2015 Bealtaine Festival in Counties Mayo, Waterford, Carlow and Tipperary. Michael will travel each county and working with older people, document their dressers
  • Timothy O’Grady –Bealtaine 2015 Author in Residence. Timothy will workshop with Ballycastle Writers Group.  Legendary fiddler Martin Hayes will join Timothy in Ballina Arts Centre where Timothy will give a reading on May 21st at 8pm. There will also be a screening of ‘I Could Read the Sky’ in the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life on May 14th at 2.30pm.  All welcome to the reading and film screening, booking with Mayo Arts office is recommended for these free events
  • Choral Workshop and Performances - Ted Courtney will deliver a workshop with Rocks n’ Roses Choir.  The choir will give a performance in the Sacred Heart Home 
  • ‘A Game Called Lucy Finally Wins’  - will be performed by actress Julie Sharkey in McBride & D’Alton Community Nursing Units (CNU). 
  • Music with Golden Mile - St. Brendan’s CNU, Mulranny. Musicians Barbara Trawinksi, Brett Henning and Julianne Hennelly will give a performance for residents on May 1st
  • ONSITE – Mayo Artsquad and local artists will site artworks in the grounds of The National Museum of Ireland –Country Life, for Feile na Tuaithe on May 23rd & 24th The art trail will remain on site until September. All welcome.
  • Workshop with Poet Terry McDonagh and the Samhain Group – In The National Museum of Ireland –Country Life

Arts venues throughout the county as well as Mayo County Council Library Service will also have a variety of events on offer during Bealtaine ranging from talks to workshops, films to performances and much more; full listings of these events are included in Mayo Arts Office Bealtaine brochure along with a list of the arts activities taking place during May organised by the ARA groups and CNU’s.  Mayo County Council Arts Office would like to thank, most sincerely, all the venues, groups and individuals associated with the Bealtaine Festival 2015 in Mayo.

All details of the programme are listed in the Bealtaine brochure which is available from the Arts Office.  Please contact us at 094-9024444 Ext 7558 | 7471 or if you would like more information or a brochure.  Brochures are also available to download at the following link:,26418,en.aspx




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