Category Archives: Events & Festivals

18 Jul

Foraging tours in North Mayo – July 16th – 21st 2019

Get to really know the wildlife that lives on our Wild Atlantic Way coastline here in North Mayo by taking a foraging trip with Denis from Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours. Denis is a Fáilte Ireland approved guide, with a BA Hons in Heritage Studies and his foraging tours in North Mayo will run throughout the summer months.

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Killala Bay with a guided walk and forage of the coastline. Denis will take you over the vast strand to the isolated Bartra Island, walking through the crystal clear streams with tiny fish and shrimp darting for cover, keeping an eye out for sleeping seals or noisy herons among other wildlife.

June is a great time to reconnect with nature, and no better place than Killala Bay. Forage for cockles and mussels (recipes supplied) while learning a little about the local environment, history and archaeology. Wellies essential – but can be provided.

Crossmolina’s Nephin Festival – July 17th to 21st 2019

This festival has friends and family at the heart of its celebrations throughout the week of the Festival which runs from 17th – 21st July 2019 and it always brings something new, unexpected and  a little bit off the wall! You can expect to enjoy live music gigs, comedy shows, guided walks, dancing, countless children’s events, heritage, sheep-shearing (yes), street entertainment, the Mayo North Old Engine Vintage and Tractor Rally, sports events and much much more . . . this year, the focus will be on Nephin to celebrate the new walking trail recently developed on the mountain.

This festival encapsulates community in everything it does with an enthusiastic and imaginative committee bringing new ideas to the table every year. It’s a time when the Crossmolina diaspora return in their droves, and the 2019 festival promises to be another fun-filled festival with surprises, fun and craic to be had with friends old and new.


Enniscrone Black Pig Festival – 25th-29th July 2019

This community-run festival set to the back drop of the magnificent Enniscrone beach takes place from 25th – 29th July 2019.

Running now for a number of years the festival uses its stunning sea and beach location to perfection to accommodate many activities, from SUP races, sandcastle-building competitions, live music, beach yoga, and lots more. Enniscrone has everything you need for a fantastic week away – lovely hotels, cosy pubs, excellent food and of course, the stunning strand and the dramatic cliff walk.  A highlight of the Black Pig Festival, which is entirely volunteer-led is always the breath-taking fireworks display over the sea lighting up the bay and village.

Come once and you’ll return every year … and of course, you’ll get to hear the legend of the Black Pig!

The Mayo Manchester Tradfest 1st – 7th August

The Mayo Manchester Tradfest which is one of Ireland’s biggest Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance Festival returns to Mayo for the seventh time time this summer. The week long festival which runs from Thursday 1st August to Wednesday 7th August will feature over 500 performers taking part in over 100 events at 8 different Hubs in Mayo along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Bonniconlon Show Monday 5th August

This year Bonniconlon Agricultural Show & Gymkhana celebrates 70 years since its establishment. The event, now recognised as one of the most successful argi events in the country, attracts in the region of 30,000 people annually, and this year will be extra special as it marks 66 successful years.

Bonniconlon Show was founded in 1949 to facilitate an exhibition event of all farm and garden produce, animals (including horse and pony show and jumping) and crafts; as well as attracting visitors to the north Mayo village to create a meeting point for exiles to gather and to see again the cultures and traditions of rural life.




“Crinniú Na mBád”  (Irish for “The Gathering of Boats”) takes place on 9th – 11th August along the River Moy in Ballina. In what is set to be a most unusual and delightful sight, at 8 pm a Gathering of Boats (including kayaks & paddleboards) will depart Ballina Quay and travel up the river, decorated with flags, bunting and lights on the right hand side of the docks as far as the lower Bridge in Ballina. They will then drop anchor to enjoy live music being performed from a main boat on the river.

Note to all boatowners: All boats are to travel up river and stay to your right (starboard) at all times while in the docks. A speed limit of 5 M. P.H. will be in place. All people are required to wear lifejackets.

The Gráinne Úaile Sub Aqua Club will be on safety duty on the evening, and will also drop people to & from their moorings.

Join in the fun and festivities and come out to witness this spectacular sight that celebrates Ballina’s and North Mayo’s proud maritime and fishing heritage.

Lahardane Fair 15th August 2019

One of Mayo North’s oldest events, with a tradition of over 100 years. As was common at the time, the festival was a Harvest Festival, designed to give thanks for the summer crops in the area. Cattle and sheep were sold on the streets along with all manners of food, drink and crafts. The festival always falls on 15th August, which coincides with the Catholic religious holiday, the Feast of the Assumption.

Today on the streets of Lahardane during the Lahardane Fair Day under the shadow of beautiful Nephin Mountain, you can still see animals for sale, as has been the case for the last hundred years. It is also a day for families, relations and friends in the region to get together and celebrate their heritage.  Fun family events, crafts, competitions and of course music and dance ensure that this is a day to remember every August in Lahardane – and one where anything can happen!