This August Bank Holiday weekend in Mayo North is jam-packed with activities. It’s peak festival season, and throughout the region there is a huge variety of festivals and community events to attend. And if it’s sporting events you’re into, look no further!
There is truly something for everyone from the young to the old to do over this August Bank Holiday weekend in Mayo.
Kicking the weekend off in style will be the Mayo Manchester Tradfest Live Event in Bar Square, Ballina from 6-8pm. Enjoy a live broadcast with Midwest radio, which kicks off an epic, six-day event with over 500 performers from Mayo and Manchester performing in towns and villages across the Mayo North region over the course of the festival; it’s a veritable feast of traditional dance and music. Full event details for Mayo Manchester Tradfest here.
Also starting on Friday evening against the beautiful background of the Nephin mountain range is the Keneagh Rising Festival. One of the nicest community events in the Mayo North calendar, it begins at at 8pm with a Thanksgiving Mass, with live music and dance in the marquee all weekend, a fun day on Saturday, BBQ, Christy Murphy Memorial walk and soccer tournament.
The festival closes with a barn dance on Sunday night. Full event details for Keenagh Rising.
Tommy Fleming will start the annual Swinford Siamsa Sráide with his beautiful music in Swinford Parish Church on Friday 30th July at 9pm and the festival will continue until August 3rd.
The calendar will feature live music shows, sporting events, an appearance from The Hardy Bucks, a Children’s Day, historical walks, fun runs and cycles, 1916 commemorations, and Heritage day. There will be loads of live music throughout the festival, with country music stalwarts Patrick Feeney, Michael English and Declan Nerney all making appearances during Siamsa Sraide.
We head to Kilcummin for In Humbert’s Footsteps to the original site where General Humbert and the French Army arrived to Ireland in 1798. There will be a spectacular re-enactment on the day, with craft and food villages, and live music featuring along beautiful Kilcummin Pier.
For a full schedule of events and times throughout the day, follow the In Humbert’s Footstep’s Facebook.
Why not sample the fun at one of Mayo’s most-loved traditional agricultural shows, Crossmolina Show where there are classes for cattle, show-jumping, ponies, dogs, crafts, baking and even a bonnie baby competition!
Enjoy live music, food and drink at this celebration of all things agricultural.
For more details, check out this post: northmayo.ie/crossmolina-agricultural-show-2016
If it’s sport you’re into, why not give the Belderrig Bronze Man a try? This lovely local event is a short triathlon, consisting of a 100m swim, a 4km cycle and a 4km run along the dramatic setting of Belderrig along the Wild Atlantic Way. Registration starts from 11am and be sure to enjoy the tea and buns afterwards at this friendly community event and family day out – all visitors are welcome! Keep up to date on the Belderrig Bronzeman Facebook page.
A pre-cursor to the big Giro de Baile Cycling Sportive (see below), this family-friendly cycle starts from Ballycastle Community Centre and makes its way to Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point, Downpatrick Head. The cycle starts at 5.30pm. This is a free event for all the family and is kindly sponsored by Tea By the Sea who will be on hand to provide treats for all.
More info: GirodeBaile.com
Don’t forget, the Mayo vs Westmeath Gaelic Football (GAA) game is at 6pm –you can find it on Sky Sports 4 or you’ll find being shown in one of the many local pubs in Mayo North also.
This is a huge event for sports supporters in this football-crazy region, so if you’re visiting, don some green and red and enjoy our national game! (You can learn some more about GAA here).
The Giro de Baile is an epic 146km cycle taking in the beautiful coastline of Mayo North and Erris along the Wild Atlantic Way. For those who want a shorter challenge, there is also a 62km route. Registration opens at 8am in Ballycastle Community Centre, and the cycle starts at 10am. Online registration closes at midnight on Wednesday 27th July, but you can still register on the day.
Fancy the challenge? You will find more details on the Giro De Baile website.
Wrapping up the August Bank holiday weekend in Mayo North is the 67th Annual Bonniconlon Show.
The hugely popular show – one of the largest in the country – takes over the village of Bonniconlon, with the average visitor attendance topping over 30,000 every year. With stalls, competitions, showjumping, live music, food, crafts, shops and every kind of animal you can imagine, this is the highlight of the summer break for many of the locals in Mayo North.
For more details about competitions on the day, and a full programme of events check out the Bonniconlon Show website.
All that remains is to wish everyone a wonderful August Bank Holiday weekend in Mayo North – enjoy the break, whatever you get up to!