WESTPORT250 KICKS OFF ON ST.PATRICK'S DAY
"Patrick" the show
6th – 9th Coilean – Children’s Art Festival
30th April - May 1st
The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol Show, every Wednesday and Thursday in Westport Town Hall starting at 9.00pm.
Now in it’s 6th consecutive year, this superb Mayo traditional music summer show is based on the real-life story of the legendary Irish Pirate Queen Grace O’ Malley or Gráinne Mhaol. Pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland Gráinne Mhaol is an iconic figure in Irish folklore. To book tickets call 098-56582. See www.grainnemhaol.com for more information.
Clare Island Annual Yacht Race
Contact Claire Island Development Office 098 26525 firstname.lastname@example.org
Every June Bank Holiday Sunday the Westport Sailing Club and guests bring their flotilla of vessels to the island to partake in one of the West Coats most challenging and fun yacht races. This is a fun filled weekend with plenty of entertainment all round.
Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival June 10th - 12th
Contact Uri Kohen 087-7570958 email@example.com FB: Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival
The 9th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival will, as others, be a high-quality, multiple-venue event in Westport. The festival is a three-day event, attracting local, national and international artists and audiences. Here is a taste of some of the amazing acts playing this year. one of Ireland's most loved old time band The Foghorn String Band. We also have one of Europe's best loved bluegrass band Red Wine, Roni Stoneman, The Kentucky Cow Tippers and lots more. There are two local acts that have played at every festival since its formation Tim Rogers and Hubie & Sarah MacEvilly. For more see www.westportfolkbluegrass.com
Westport Triathlon June 11th
The Westport Triathlon is a sprint distance triathlon based around Westport and Clewbay. The race is in its 7th year now and it is getting more and more popular. The 750m swim is based around the point in Westport. This is followed by a 20K cycle on an out and back route along coast road to Croagh Patrick, take in the stunning views of Clew bay on the way! Then last but not least, a 5 k run on the Greenway.
Westport Festival of Music & Food Westport House 2016 Event not scheduled this year.
JUNE 24 - 25 & 26
Westport Food Festival
The Banquet will be held on Friday 24/June. The Banquet is a celebration of Mayo Food and is the flagship event of Mayo Food Festival 2016. The Banquet see local chefs team up with local artisan producers to showcase the very best ingredients and local produce on offer. For more see www.westportfoodfestival.ie
The Wild Atlantic Show, every Tuesday from July 4th
Experience coastal Ireland during the early nineteenth century with world-renowned performers. Venue: The Castlecourt Hotel. Bookings: 087 7659503. Email firstname.lastname@example.org FB: facebook.com/TheWildAtlanticShow Achill Half Marathon & 10K July 5th www.achillmarathon.com The event, in its current format, has been staged in Achill since 2007 and is approved by Athletics Ireland. The Half Marathon race is the centrepiece to a full weekend of events and entertainment on Achill, one of Ireland’s most popular holiday destinations. Clare Island Regatta July 13th Contact Claire Island Development Office 098 26525 email@example.com Every Summer the Clare Island beach is the location for one of the West Coasts most hotly contested regattas.There is plenty to do for all the family. It is open to all visitors to join in on the fun. The Currach races are a particular favourite with hot competition between the Clare Island teams and Inishturk teams (our neighbouring Island). There is also plenty of food and drinks served on the beach for the day with bouncy castles and more. Scoil Cheoil July 14th-18th www.westportscoilcheoil.com Contact: Dr. Maura Thornton for details 00353 (0) 87 918 5838) E-mail: maura@WestportScoilCheoil.com Westportif July 19th-20th westportif.ie firstname.lastname@example.org Westportif is back in 2014, and it promises to be HUGE, in the next few weeks we will be announcing that we are part of a new sportif series. So put the weekend of July 19th and 20th in your diary and book it on line with the event goes live. Women’s Adventure Race July 26th Killary Adventure Centre www.womensadventurerace.com Contact 095-42006 The Women’s Adventure Race course distance is approx 23km total:Running/Walking: 7.5 km Approx, Cycling: 15 km Approx, Kayaking: 0.5 km Approx The Carrowniskey Races July 27th www.carrowniskeyraces.ie email@example.com Contact Rita 087 994 3969 The day will include entertainment for all the family with two local races, a licensed bar holding live music from 5pm, the bookies, food stalls and childrens entertainment such as go-karts, bouncing castle etc. The night brings free entry into the Race Dance held in the Ocean Lodge AUGUST The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol Show, every Wednesday night in Hotel Westport Now in it’s 5th consecutive year, this superb Mayo traditional music summer show is based on the real-life story of the legendary Irish Pirate Queen Grace O’ Malley or Gráinne Mhaol. Pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland Gráinne Mhaol is an iconic figure in Irish folklore. To book tickets call 098-56582. See www.grainnemhaol.com for more information. Enter a competition to win tickets here The Wild Atlantic Show, every Tuesday until August 26th Experience coastal Ireland during the early nineteenth century with world-renowned performers. Venue: The Castlecourt Hotel. Bookings: 087 7659503. Email firstname.lastname@example.org FB: facebook.com/TheWildAtlanticShow Enter a competition to win tickets here Outdoor Garden Theatre August 1st - 7.00 pm www.westporthouse.ie/shop Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star crossed lovers, playful fairies and raucous travelling players. Picnic with family and friends in the magical surroundings of Westport House for the perfect evening of theatre under the stars. Endurance Challenge 2068 August 21st www.endurancechallenge.ie The challenge consists of: 120km Swim of the River Shannon 1780km Cycle through every county in Ireland (consisting of 4 provincial cycling tours) 168km Run (consisting of 4 marathons in 4 provinces) 2068km Total distance in 22 days - In addition to the goal of completing the Endurance Challenge 2068km, the team have set themselves another massive goal, to raise €500,000 for Breakthrough Cancer Research. Help them to reach this target by joining the Endurance Challenge 2068 team on one of the various events such as a cycling tour or run (marathon, half marathon, 10km or 5km distances available). Register now for one of our challenge stages.More information on Endurance Challenge 2068 can be found in the online brochure. Gaelforce West Adventure Race 16th August Killary Adventure Centre www.gaelforceevents.com Contact 095-42006 Gaelforce West is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world. It is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking. The course of approximately 67km stretches from the stunning Glassilaun beach to Westport. En route there are some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Harbour and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. National Heritage Week TBC www.heritageweek.ie The aim of National Heritage Week is to build awareness and education about Irish heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. Local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Visit www. Heritageweek.ie to see what’s happening in Westport. Claire Island Feile Ceol August 29th -31st Contact Clare Island Development Office 098 26525 email@example.com or Martin Moran 087 6901876 Comhaltas will host a féile cheoil on the Island on the weekend of September 7 & 8, with a wide variety of traditional music and dance for all ages on the agenda. SEPTEMBER The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol Show, every Wednesday night until September 24th in Hotel Westport Now in it’s 5th consecutive year, this superb Mayo traditional music summer show is based on the real-life story of the legendary Irish Pirate Queen Grace O’ Malley or Gráinne Mhaol. Pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th century Ireland Gráinne Mhaol is an iconic figure in Irish folklore. To book tickets call 098-56582. See www.grainnemhaol.com for more information. Enter a competition to win tickets here Westport Festival of Chamber Music 2014 September 5th - 7th www.classicallinks.ie Contact Madeleine 091 799258 Following a very successful and exciting first Festival, 2014 is now at the planning stage for 5th to 7th September 2014 in Westport House and Holy Trinity Church. Clew Bay Half Marathon & 10k September 27th www.clewbayhalfmarathon.com Contact firstname.lastname@example.org: 086 3540160 The Clew Bay Half Marathon is an annual event with the 4th year taking place on September 27th, 2014.This year there will also be a 10K race, a new addition to the event.There will be a fun activities for all the family throughout the duration of the race - bouncy castle, face painting and much more.There is ample parking at the Louisburgh GAA Clubhouse. Culture Night September 29th www.culturenight.ie On Friday, 20 September 2013, Culture Night will take place across Ireland, offering the public a wide range of events and the opportunity to visit iconic cultural venues, buildings and spaces completely free of charge. OCTOBER Westport Duathlon October 5th www.westportleisurepark.com Westport Arts Festival October 1st - 5th Halloween Fest October 25th - November 5th, Westport House Contact Westport House 098 27766 email@example.com www.facebook.com/westporthouse www.westporthouse.ie twitter.com/@westporthouse Have a howl of a Hallowe’en at Westport House’s annual event. You will have a hauntingly good time as you experience the thrills ‘n’ chills of the Pirate Adventure Park (open from 1pm to 5pm daily). Visit the house for the must-see dungeons and participate in one of the range of children’s workshops available such as Storytime with the White Witch, Jack O’Lantern Carving, Dance Workshops, Spooky Spooks and a cast of not-too-creepy characters. Fireworks Extravaganza at Westport House October 26th Westport House Contact details as above Join Westport House for a treat (no tricks promise) with an explosive Fireworks Extravaganza and haunting Halloween dance on the front lawn. Come one, come all - fireworks are for everyone! NOVEMBER Sea 2 Summit November 8th www.westportsea2summit.ie The Westport Sea2Summit adventure race is a unique event based in the adventure capital of Ireland, Westport. The race will incorporate all the thrills that Westport has to offer, Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, the Sheaffry Mountains and the new Greenway Winter Wonderland at Westport House November 23rd to December 24th Weekends only Contact details as above Visit Westport House’s Winter Wonderland where you will be met by Santa, Mrs Claus and their Elves! You will experience a blizzard of Christmas spirit as you step into the stunning 18th century Westport House, which will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland DECEMBER Winter Wonderland at Westport House November 23rd to December 24th Weekends only Contact details as above Visit Westport House’s Winter Wonderland where you will be met by Santa, Mrs Claus and their Elves! You will experience a blizzard of Christmas spirit as you step into the stunning 18th century Westport House, which will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland 7th Annual Christmas Walking Festival December 26th-29th Contact Gerry Greensmyth, Croagh Patrick Walking Holidays 353 (0) 98 26090 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ONGOING EVENTS Clew Bay Garden Trail Gardens Open to the public on various days throughout the summer.Please check times. ClewbayGardentrail @ gmail.com provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors and residents to explore the private homes of gardeners along the shores of Clew Bay.Stunning views, Inspiration and Tranquillity are all on offer for your adventure along this beautiful part of West County Mayo. The Legend of Grainne Mhaol June 24th; July 22nd; August 19th; September 16th Contact Hotel Westport 098 25122, Pierce O’Reilly 098 56582 The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol’ will invite a whole host of people home to see the sean-nós inspired performance that tells the story of Ireland’s legendary pirate queen Grace O’Malley. Westport Heritage Tours Weekly and by appointment. Contact Westport Heritage Centre 098 26852 www.westportheritage.com www.clewbaytrail.com Situated in a 19th century building, just 2 kilometres from the centre of the historic town of Westport, Clew Bay Heritage Centre traces the history of the planned town and the Clew Bay area from pre-Christian times to the present. Artefacts, documents and photographs connected with the general Westport area provide a basis for the presentation of local history, customs and traditions.. Clew Bay Archaeological Trail Self Guide available. Contact Westport Heritage Centre 098 26852 www.westportheritage.com www.clewbaytrail.com This site will take you through some historic and archaelogical facts about the area Latin Dancing Blousers Pub, every Wednesday. Beginners 20.00-21.00, Improvers 21.00-22.00. Followed by dancing til late The Westport Story Date TBC Theatrical historical tour of Westport Town