Community Diary

Ballina Active Retirement Upcoming Events

On 27th June – Coach trip to Achill. Depart from the Cathedral at 10am and return at 7pm; 28th June – Whist in the Pastoral Centre at 2pm; 29th June – The last Chair Yoga 11.45 – 12.15. We close for our summer break on Thursday 13th July and re-open again on Thursday 7th September.

Mayo house restorers sought for TV project

Architect and television presenter, Hugh Wallace wants to meet people who are getting creative with their housing solutions – be it a one room cottage, an abandoned hayshed or something in between. Produced by Animo Television, the fifth series of The Great House Revival is due to be filmed this year and applications are now open. Wallace said: “We’re looking for wonderful projects from Mayo to showcase as many fabulous properties as possible.” Email

Art Trail at Turlough House continues

On Sight 2023 – Art Trail continues this summer at Turlough Park and visitors and locals alike are encouraged to take a walk through the grounds and encounter the beautiful artworks. The artists involved include Artsquad and local community groups, Breda Burns and Pam Gray with the Luisne Artists, Tom Brawn, Katie Moore, Nuala Clarke, Tommy Casby, Andreas Koeing and Mags Duffy.

All welcome to Lord Mayo book signing

As part of the O’Malley Clan Gathering weekend from June 23-25, Anne Chambers, biographer of Grace O’Malley, will be signing copies of her books, including her latest release, Lord Mayo, on today, Friday, June 23 in The Bookshop (Séamus Duffy’s ) on Bridge Street, Westport from 2pm to 3pm. Published by Mayo Books Press in Castlebar, the biography, ‘Lord Mayo – Tibbott-ne-Long Bourke, Son of the Pirate Queen, 1567-1629’ - explores the fascinating life of the first ever Lord Mayo, son of Gráinne Uaile, who lived through one of the most traumatic and convoluted periods of social, political and military turmoil and change in Ireland. He was bold, ambitious and possessed a Machiavellian mind that outwitted his opponents, both Irish and English. It incorporates original 16th and 17th century manuscript material and also explores new information on the controversy that surrounds the title to this very day. Refreshments served and all welcome.

Stoma Support Fundraising

Fundraising for Mayo Stoma Support Group - Croagh Patrick Climb on Saturday, July 15. Donation cards in circulation. For more information please contact JJ on (087 ) 2300580.

Copd support group meeting

Next meeting is on Thursday June 29th at 2.30pm in Tennis Club, Lannagh Rd, Castlebar. Speaker is Orla, Occupational therapy.

Survey on dyslexia within sports

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is a partner in the SASLED European Erasmus+ project which is working to develop an increased awareness of dyslexia within sports organisations and new guidance for sports coaches and trainers on how they can be more inclusive of dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties within their sports coaching. The first stage of the project includes a survey of coaches/trainers to assess their current level of awareness and to identify good practices or challenges that can be addressed when developing the new guidance. Mayo Sports Partnership invites interested parties and coaches/trainers in local clubs and organisations to take the survey, which can be accessed at

Connacht and Ballina Community Fleadh kicks off

The Connacht Fleadh incorporating the inaugural community Fleadh in Ballina kicks off this evening, Friday June 23, and runs until July 2. It was launched by Minister of State Dara Calleary TD in the Ballina Civic Offices, with representatives from Mayo County Council, Ballina 2023 committee and Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann in attendance, and he appealed to all in the community to come out and support this major Irish cultural event as Ballina celebrates it’s 300th centenary, saying there is something for everybody. The local organising committee has a huge comprehensive programme of events in store and the official opening by Dr Labhrás O’Murchu, Árd Stiuthoir Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann, takes place at 7.30pm in the Ballina Arts Centre. PRO, Eamonn Walsh has appealed to every traditional musician in the region and beyond 'to join us for the many pub and street sessions', while The market Square will be a hive of activity on Sat July 1 and Sun July 2 from 2pm with a gig rig featuring the cream of local traditional musicians, a Marquee with set-dancing and Sean-Nós dancing workshops, Cookery demonstration, Dunderry High Nellie Cycle club and much more. Anybody with an old Vintage bicycle regardless of condition is invited to bring them along for display on Sunday July 2nd and dress in period costume. Another highlight of the week is a lecture on 1916 Leader Eamonn Ceannt by his grand-niece Mary Gallagher in the Jackie Clarke Collection on Wed June 28th at 7pm. Eamonn Ceannt’s set of Uilleann Pipes will be transported from the Curragh Military Museum and put on display for the event. Full details on or call 087-2775317.

World Sand Dune Day guided walk at Rinroe Beach

World Sand Dune Day takes place this Saturday and Clean Coasts is celebrating the event in Mayo, on Tuesday June 27, by teaming up with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to host a guided walk on Rinroe Beach in beautiful northwest Mayo. NPWS rangers will be discussing the wonderful habitats and species that make this site a nationally important sand dune system. There will also be representatives from ACRES and Life On Machair projects, discussing sustainable farming practices on machair habitats. To find out more and reserve a spot see:

Anam Cara Mayo Meeting

On Tuesday June 27, Anam Cara will hold their Mayo face to face meeting in The T.F Royal Hotel, Castlebar @ 7:15pm. All bereaved parents are welcome, regardless of circumstances of death or the age of the child. Further information on 085 2888 888 or by email

Balla Active Retirement Association

Balla Active Age have organised their summer outing for 12th July to Strokestown House and the National Famine Museum followed by an evening meal in Tarmonbarry. The cost is €70. Non members are welcome. Contact Mary Ansboro on 0879523991 or Mary Jo Dempsey on 0871268420.

Mindfulness and Creativity Workshop with Chris Doris

This workshop takes place at The Ballinglen Museum of Art on June 28 from 10am to 1pm. Free of charge, tea, coffee. Bring a pen! Artist Chris Doris will facilitate an informal, experiential workshop introducing mindfulness and its usefulness for creatives. With a brief introduction to ‘flow’ - the peak performance state.


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