The Crossmolina Community Festival is back this year and this family-focused, community-run festival promises more events than ever. The festival runs from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23th July and caters for people of all ages. From fun sports and games for the children, and comedy and country nights for teenagers and adults, there is fun for everyone and this is a local festival not to be missed!
Crossmolina is incredibly excited and proud to host Sharon Shannon as its Festival headline act on Thursday, 20th July. Her performances, each full of great skill, talent and energy, sweep the audience up in the music. With her accordion playing, Sharon has moved audiences throughout Ireland and the world over the last twenty-five years, picking up the Lifetime Achievement award at the Meteor Awards in 2009. Her performance is set to be one of the biggest nights of the festival and an unforgettable experience for all the family. You can find a taste of what to expect from Sharon’s concert in this video:
Singer-songwriter Don Stiffe will be a special guest at Sharon’s concert (he will also be one of the judges at the Festival’s Singing Pubs Grand Final later in the week). After living and performing in the USA for many years Don moved back to Ireland and you may remember him as one of the finalists on RTE’s All Ireland Talent Show in 2011. Tickets for this special event are available now locally and on Ticketmaster.
Discounted Family Tickets (for 2 Adults and 2 Under 18) are now available for this Festival headline concert, featuring Sharon Shannon. These tickets can only be purchased through the Festival Office, which may be contacted through email, through the contact form on the festival website, Facebook messenger or by phone at 087 4113252.
The Crossmolina Community Festival has gone to a new level this year and promises a treasure trove of events for young and old.
Following last year’s comedy performance by Brendan Grace, there will be a dedicated Comedy Night on Friday, 21st July in O’Malleys Bar where we hope to hear belly laughs, hoots, whoops and other sounds of fun with three of Ireland’s leading comedians, Joe Rooney (Fr. Ted, Killinaskully etc), Patrick McDonnell (Fr. Ted, Naked Camera etc) and Sharon Mannion (Bridget & Eamon, Moone Boy etc) all in association with the Connolly Motor Group.
On Saturday 22nd July, in an event that is sure to dazzle, Hiney’s Upper Deck Bar Crossmolina hosts a Country Night where Stetsons, cowboy boots, denims, check shirts are all welcome as we sing and dance the night away with Lee Matthews & His Band. Lee is one of Ireland’s newest and exciting country performers and we are glad that he has Crossmolina Festival on his Summer schedule of festivals.
The 2017 Festival sees an extended Family Fun Day on Sunday 23rd July, featuring a variety of fun sports and games for children to enjoy. Starting at 1.30pm in the Abbeytown/Abbeyview area, in conjunction with Abbeytown/Abbeyview Residents’ Association, Crossmolina Community Games and Crossmolina AFC the annual Festival Sports Day and Barbecue takes place alongside a host of new activities. This bumper Family Fun Day sees a Specsavers Novelty Knockout Challenge, Rodeo Bull, Sumo Wrestling, Gophor Splash, Football, darts and pool….and lots more. Run, play, use your wits and especially, have fun!
Our perennial favourite, the Singing Pubs Final, will take place on Sunday 23rd July, closing the Festival. Here the best local performers will offer smooth, gravelly, melodious, resonant and captivating performances to claim the Signing Pubs crown. This is one not to miss!
The Nephin Rose 2017 took place on Saturday June 24th in Hineys Crossmolina. Our new Nephin Rose 2017 is Amy Traynor, representing Crossmolina’s Thatch Inn. Congratulations Amy and we wish you a wonderful year ahead! A special word of thanks to Laura Judge, the 2016 Rose, who has been a great ambassador and who represented Crossmolina so well over the past year. The Crossmolina Community Festival wishes Laura the very best of luck in the future.
Festival 2017 has been launched on the weekend of July 1st and 2nd in the Town Hall, Crossmolina. Organisers urge advance registration for some of the Festival’s free events, especially important where numbers are limited.
The Crossmolina Community Festival is set again this year be one of North Mayo’s liveliest festivals, bringing the community together with events for everyone.
A full schedule of the events taking place over the festival as well as daily updates, as they are revealed, will be available here: www.crossmolinafestival.ie
Check out some other festivals in the region by clicking on any of the related posts below.