Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY

Pat  Shortt – I am the Band
9th February
Venue: Castlecourt Hotel 9th Tickets €28 Doors Open at 7.30pm
More info : www.patshortt.com

Clare Island Cancer Care West 10K
22nd February
Run for your Life! 10K charity run and walk on beautiful Clare Island, Co. Mayo. Entry fee €35 includes return boat journey to Clare Island. All proceeds from the event are going to Cancer Care West.
Further details 098-26525.

MARCH

St Patrick’s Day Parade Westport
17th March
The annual St Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off in Westport at 1pm just across from the Castlecourt Hotel. The Parade is always well attended by locals and tourists who are guaranteed a great day out.

St Patrick’s Day Pipe Band Festival on Achill Island
17th March
The Achill Island St Patrick’s Day Band Festival is an annual event, and a large crowd travels to Achill each year to witness this unique Parade. There are five pipe bands in Achill – Pollagh, Dooagh, Keel and Dookinella, and each school have a school band – they all join in the Parade.

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival
21st – 23rd March
The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Festival is a 3-day guided walk along the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail from Balla to Murrisk at the base of Mayo’s holy mountain, Croagh Patrick. The Trail is 61km in length and transport will be provided to and from start/finish points on each day.
Further details: www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com

Challenge the Greenway
March date TBC
In aid of Cystic Fibrosis – complete the 26 mile world famous Great Western Greenway – a picturesque walk/cycle trail which traverses Ireland’s idyllic Atlantic
Harlequin Adventure Decathlon
Further details www.challagethegreenway.com

Easter Walking Festival in Westport
29th March – 2nd April
A choice of two walks are available in the Easter Walking Festival in Westport; moderate/easy and hard/strenuous on each of the three days.
Further details: http://www.theirelandwalkingguide.com

APRIL

Connemarathon  
6th April
Multi activity race. Encompasses an Ultra 39.9 mile, Full 26.6 mile and Half 13.3 mile distance.
Further details: www. http://www.connemarathon.com/

Connemara Rough Diamond
4th June
The Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure Race is a mix of biking, hiking and running with quirky obstacles thrown in for good measure. The race starts on Lettergesh Beach in Renvyle.

Easter Sunday in Westport House
20th April
Experience Easter like never before by meeting Pinkie, the Easter Bunny, participating in the egg hunt and the thrills of the Pirate Adventure Park.
Further details: http://www.westporthouse.ie

MAY

Feile Chois Cuain Louisburgh
2nd – 5th May
Feile Chois Cuain is a traditional Irish music, song and dance Festival held in Louisburgh. The Festival features music & singing master-classes, set dance workshop & céili, concerts and sessions.
Further details: http://www.feilechoiscuain.com/

Festival of the Pirate Queen
May 3rd – 5th
This new festival – celebrating the life of Grace O’Malley, one of the most inspirational women in Irish history – will take place throughout Clew Bay, the land base for her sea-faring adventures and her old stomping ground. Enjoy a whole range of activity celebrating this infamous woman in Westport, Clare Island, Louisburgh and Achill Island.
Further details: http://www.feilechoiscuain.com/

Connemara Adventure Challenge
10th May
The Connemara Adventure Challenge is 31km in total and is open to racers of all levels. There will be 3 disciplines: trail/mountain running, kayaking and cycling.
Further details: http://www.gaelforceevents.com/connemara/

Snas ar do Bhlas – Irish Weekend on Clare Island
23rd – 25th May
Weekend of fun, lots of music, dance, football and treasure hunt.
Further details: 098-26525

Ballinrobe Race Meeting
26th & 27th May
An intimate place set in a natural amphitheatre where the action is never too far from view – it’s everything a country racecourse should be.
http://ballinroberacecourse.ie/portfolio_item/2014-race-meeting-dates/

Tri-Burgh
31st May
750/1500km swim, 20/40km cycle and 5/10km run
Further details: http://www.triburgh.ie

Westport Horse & Pony Show
31st May & 1st June
Dating back to 1741, Westport Horse and Pony Show has long been an annual favourite among locals and visitors alike. It is held in Knockranny, Westport and is the perfect way to kick-start your summer.
http://www.irishshows.org/shows/v/westport/

JUNE

Castlebar Blues Festival
3rd – 6th June
Castlebar Blues Festival is the longest running blues festival in Ireland. There is free music in all the main pubs and headline acts perform in the Royal Theatre. Traditionally a lively weekend of music with artists from all over the world.

Tri-Burgh
4th June
Tri-Burgh is a standard Olympic-distance triathlon; swim 1500m, bike 40kms and run 10 kms. The course is varied and includes challenges specific to the course and the geography of west Mayo. It is based in Louisburgh.
http://www.triburgh.ie/

Focus Ireland Four Peaks Challenge
6th – 8th June
The Four Peaks Challenge hosts teams of between 3 and 5 walkers who climb the highest mountain in each of the four provinces over one weekend; Carrauntoohil (Kerry), Mweelrea (Mayo), Slieve Donard (Down) and Lugnaquilla (Wicklow).
https://www.focusireland.ie/

Westport Triathlon
21st June
 https://www.triathlonireland-newserver.com/local-races.html

Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival
13th – 15th  June
Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival showcases the best of local, national and international folk and bluegrass acts. The Festival also consists of music workshops, musical lunch and pub gigs.
http://westportfolkandbluegrass.com/index.php/category/news/

Westport International Sea Angling Festival
18th – 22nd June
Westport International Sea Angling Festival is a 1-day shore event and 3-day boat event in the beautiful waters of Clew Bay. Now in its 58th year, it is the longest-running Sea Angling event in Europe.
http://www.westportseaanglingfestival.eu/

Westport Festival of Music & Food
28th & 29th June
Westport Festival of Music & Food this takes place in the grounds of Westport House over Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th of June with acts like Bryan Adams, Sinead O Connor just announced for 2014 joining a host of national and international music acts and food experts which in 2013 featured Dylan McGrath, Derry Clarke & Kevin Dundon.
http://www.westportfestival.com/

JULY

Achill Half Marathon
5th July
Achill Island is hosting its sixth half marathon and up to 2000 participants are expected. The race starts at 11am and the route is challenging but the scenery is worth the challenge. There will be activities & entertainment available on the day. It is in aid of Our Ladys Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.
https://www.activeglobal.com/running/achill-ireland/achill-half-marathon-2014

Castlebar International 4 Day Walks
3rd – 6th July
The 4 Day Walks Festival involves four days of walking, talking, rambling, music, song and dance. There are 10km, 20km, 30km and 40km walks as well as a 6 hour ramble. The Festival has been running for over 40 years.
http://www.castlebar4dayswalks.com

Ballina Salmon Festival
6th – 13th July
Ballina Salmon Festival is Ireland’s premier family-orientated Festival giving thousands of people, eight days of fun-filled artistic and cultural events catering for all age groups. The Lady of the Moy competition and the street festival are among the many highlights.
http://www.ballinasalmonfestival.ie/

Feile Bia Na Mara – Achill Seafood Festival
18th – 20th July
Féile Bia na Mara – Achill Seafood Festival is a weekend of fun and feasting to celebrate Achill’s rich maritime heritage and seafood culture.
http://www.feilenamara.com

Ballinrobe Race Meeting
21st & 22nd July
An intimate place set in a natural amphitheatre where the action is never too far from view – it’s everything a country racecourse should be.
http://ballinroberacecourse.ie

Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage – Reek Sunday
27th July
Located six miles west of Westport, Croagh Patrick is one of Mayo’s most famous landmarks. The mountain overlooks Clew Bay and the entire Western coastline. In 441AD, Saint Patrick is said to have spent 40 days and nights praying and fasting on its slopes. Over 60,000 people make the ascent on this day, starting at Murrisk Abbey.
http://destinationwestport.com/places-to-visit/natural-beauty/hills-and-mountains/croagh-patrick-reek/

AUGUST

Ballinrobe Race Meeting
11th August
An intimate place set in a natural amphitheatre where the action is never too far from view – it’s everything a country racecourse should be.
http://ballinroberacecourse.ie

The Connemara 100
9th August
The Connemara 100 is a 100 mile road run on a measured and certified course. The course starts and finishes in Clifden and takes participants around the beautiful scenery of Connemara.
http://www.connemara100.com/

Gael Force West
16th August
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 and kayaking. The course of approximately 65km stretches from the stunning Glassilaun beach, south-west of Killary Harbour to Westport with some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Fjord itself and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick.
http://www.gaelforceevents.com/west

Ballinrobe Race Meeting
26th August
An intimate place set in a natural amphitheatre where the action is never too far from view – it’s everything a country racecourse should be.
http://ballinroberacecourse.ie

SEPTEMBER

Achill Roar Adventure Race
6th September
Achill Roar is an outdoor multi-sport adventure race. The categories for the Achill Roar are: Expert Solo, Sports Solo and Expert Relay. The expert solo course is either a 800m swim or 2400m kayak in Keel Lough, followed by a 15km beach and mountain run, taking in the summit of Minaun (662m) and then a 45km cycle including the famous Atlantic Drive coastal route.
http://www.achilltourism.com/roar.html

Ballinrobe Race Meeting
23rd August
An intimate place set in a natural amphitheatre where the action is never too far from view – it’s everything a country racecourse should be.
http://ballinroberacecourse.ie

Westport Arts Festival
Dates tbc
Now in its 33rd year, Westport Arts Festival has long since established itself on the West coast calendar as an exciting and diverse event. The festival is a locally-run event and gives an exciting insight into the lively community in Westport with a feast of theatre, dance, recital and music. There are children’s events, exhibitions and workshops.
http://www.westportartsfestival.com/

OCTOBER

Halloween Festival in Westport House
25th – 31st October
Have a hauntingly good time as you experience the thrills ‘ n chills of the Pirate Adventure Park.
http://www.westporthouse.ie/events-calendar/halloween-fest/

NOVEMBER

Westport Sea 2 Summit Adventure Race
8th November
The Westport Sea 2 Summit adventure race is a unique event based in the adventure capital of Ireland. The race incorporates all the thrills that Westport has to offer, Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, the Sheaffry Mountains and the new Greenway. There are 2 race categories S2S Supreme 56.5km and S2S Spirit 27.5km. New Relay event for teams of 3 this year!
http://www.westportsea2summit.ie/

DECEMBER

Westport House Winter Wonderland
Dates tbc
Meet Santa, Mrs Claus and the Elves while experience a blizzard of Christmas Spirit in the stunning 18th Centaury Westport House which is transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland.
http://www.westporthouse.ie

Shop ‘n Spraoi na Nollaig
Date TBC
Westport Mall is transformed into a winter wonderland and shopper’s paradise, where visitors can purchase handmade, authentic and unique Christmas gifts for all the family.

Christmas Day Swim
25th December
Dozens of hardy swimmers brave the icy temperatures of Bertra Beach every year for the traditional Christmas Day dip.