Have you heard about Mayo Day? If not then let me tell you we are celebrating Mayo-ness all over the world! You might ask yourself what that means, so let me tell you a bit more about this

Head over to Mayo, NOW! (Unless you’re there already) Seriously you’re missing out otherwise. The county has a lot on offer this weekend for Mayo Day. Especially for families…

Family fun on Mayo Day

To celebrate Mayo-ness in all Mayo communities around the world, the City Council came up with this lovely day. Mayo takes the chance to show the world how progressive the “Can-Do”-County is. With events taking place not only in Mayo, but also oversees you can indulge in the unique culture of the beautiful county in the Wesht!

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Events during May-o-Bank Holiday


If you’re around, you can choose from a large number of events that take place during this weekend. This year Mayo-Day specifies on highlighting their French connection: In Castlebar you can visit a traditional market in Castle Street, where history is brought to life. See how quilting is actually done, have a look at soapmaking, look over the shoulder of a jewellery maker and see what a blacksmith’s work looks like. You can experience what life might have been like around 1800 and see the battle re-enactment, where Irish and French soldiers fought against the Red Coats… I think families with children might enjoy this one :) On Sunday you may cheer on the women who are taking part in the 10k Mini Marathon. You might even be amongst the ones who run? Throughout the day there are plenty of activities to keep the young ones entertained, such as kite flying, tale telling on stage, May flower making, etc.


The town of Ballina is hosting a very special event: In the Military Quarter you can enjoy an outdoor concert where the brilliant Ryan Sheridan will be performing. Supporting acts are The Mississippi Sheiks, rock musicians The New Social and the bluesy Jo Keegan. So look forward to an afternoon that will spoil your ears!

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Then in Westport, one of my faves, you can part in the Bike Buffet: It’s a foody cycle tour that goes from Westport Town Hall via Westport Hotel to the Coastal Hotel. You will take little beaks and get spoiled with Mocktails, starters and a good ol’ barbeque at Gracy’s Bar. Of course a rewarding dessert awaits you in the end as well. So, bring your bikes (but book ahead)! After that you can enjoy a bit more outdoor music at the harbour, ending the day with wonderful fireworks.

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Those are just a few of the events that take place in Mayo this weekend. You can also visit Ballyhaunis, with Irish dancing and a wide range of children’s entertainment on their agenda and there is more in Ballinrobe, Swinford and Claremorris. Take a look at the full program!

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