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Darkness into Light
May 7, Ballina
Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The event is the annual fundraiser for Pieta House. While Darkness into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities.
River Moy Half Marathon
May 14, Ballina
The Ballina Half Marathon is a yearly event which takes place in Ballina along the world renowned River Moy. For more information visit http://rivermoymarathon.ie/
Quay to Sea Kayak Race
May 15, Ballina
Sea Kayak and Surf Ski Race on the River Moy Estuary,
(Surf Ski must go in Performance class)
Minimum Level 2 skills standard or equivalent required to compete in Standard and Performance course.
Registration from 11am -12.30pm
Prize giving to follow race.
*Some touring kayaks and SOT’s will be available to hire please book in advance.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Foxford Goat Fair
May 16, Foxford
It is believed that the fair started when a man by the name of John Bingham was granted a patent for a market and four fairs in 1683 and only one of these fairs, the Foxford Goat Fair still exists, this year it takes place on the 16th of May.
What began as a place where people could buy and sell goats has evolved into an event where other animals such as horses and fowl, baked bread and vegetables are bought and sold and it has become an attraction for traditional stall traders selling their wares.
In many areas the traditional old style fair is dying out but it is a tribute to all involved that the Foxford fair remains vibrant.
On the day, it is expected that hundreds of people will converge on the town and join in the festivities during what has always been a highly enjoyable day out.
The fair has also been a focal point for people from Foxford who have left the town and many of these people return for the fair. Visitors to the town will also be encouraged to do a spot of fishing in the river May, arguably one of the best salmon fishing areas in Europe. Everyone is invited to attend the event.
May 22, Crossmolina
1.9k lake swim, 99k loop of North Mayo returning via Wild Atlantic Way, 4 loops of Crossmolina 21k