The Crossmolina Homecoming Festival is back this year, and with the emphasis on welcoming back old friends and family, this family-focused, community-run festival in Crossmolina, Co. Mayo promises more events than ever. The festival runs from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd July 2018 and caters for people of all ages. From sports and games for the children, and comedy and country nights for teenagers and adults, there is fun for everyone. This local festival is not to be missed! Nephin’s Haven is the place to be this July.
Each day sees a headline event run alongside fringe events such as workshops, masterclasses or children’s entertainment. There’ll be lots to look forward to and get involved in over this vibrant week. We’d love to offer you a taste of what is in store at Crossmolina Homecoming Festival day by day.
WEDNESDAY 18th July
Official Opening of Crossmolina Homecoming Festival, Church St., 8PM
Family Street Fest, Church St., from 8PM – FREE event
During the Street Fest, you’ll experience exhibitions of Crossmolina’s natural and cultural heritage with North Mayo Heritage Centre, Enniscoe, Crossmolina. Witness a blacksmith at work and try your hand at arts and crafts. If you’ve ever wondered how a sheep is sheared, you’ll be able to find out this evening. Did you know that bee keeping was a common country pursuit in your great grandparents time, and there is a craft involved in tending bees?
Come along and enjoy meeting family and friends on Church Street with music, dancing, BBQ, boxty, open fire pan-fried seafood and more. There’ll be dancing displays with the Danceblast Hip Hop Crew, Sheila Moffatt Irish Dancers, Tommy Stenson and the Jiving Juniors. Take a trip down memory lane as the Festival invites all the past residents of Church Street to join in the Homecoming 2018.
Danceblast Dance Workshop, Town Hall, 12PM
Kids Sand Art Magic, Town Hall, 2PM
Hair and Make Up Masterclass (with Hayley Coleman), Hiney’s Upper Deck, 4PM
THURSDAY, 19th July
Marc Roberts – Homecoming Show at Crossmolina Homecoming Festival (19th July)
At Hiney’s Upper Deck, doors open from 7.45pm
In this headline Festival event, join Marc Roberts in a Tribute to the Music of John Denver in Hiney’s Upper Deck with support from Rebecca Mulhaire (Singing Pubs 2017 Winner) in association with Ballina Manor Hotel. Tickets are on sale at local outlets and on Ticketmaster.
Crossmolina native, the talented Marc Roberts, explains how much he’s looking forward to performing his Homecoming Show in Crossmolina on Thursday, 19th July. See you there!
Tickets are on sale now for the Marc Roberts Homecoming Concert in the Upper Deck on Thurs July 19th as part of the "2018 Family Homecoming Festival". Marc brings his show "A Tribute To The Music Of John Denver" to his hometown for what promises to be a memorable night. Tickets available at Hineys Londis Crossmolina., O'Donnell's Centra Crossmolina & Mulherns Applegreen Filling Station & Gala Shop, also online at Ticketmaster and www.ticketweb.ie Thank you to the Ballina Manor Hotel for supporting this event. #festival2018 #marcroberts
Posted by Crossmolina Festival on Monday, May 21, 2018
Puppet Show, Crossmolina Library, 11AM – FREE event
Little Gem Puppets present a lively and interactive puppet show based on a well-known folk tale for ages 8 and under. Registration is essential.
To register: telephone Maureen at 096 31938 or email email@example.com.
The Animal Roadshow, Town Hall, 1PM to 5PM – FREE event
Come along to The Animal Roadshow, a mobile education program to introduce you to a variety of exotic animals (lizards, snakes, owls, creepy crawlies and more) There is no registration required, no limit on numbers or ages and the roadshow is open from 1pm to 5pm. Children and adults will both enjoy meeting these creatures and remember to bring your camera to record the moment.
FRIDAY, 20th July
“LIVE AT 2”, a Country Music Special, Town Hall, 2PM – over 18s. FREE event
It’s music, dancing, chat and comedy once again at “Live at 2” in association with the Crossmolina Drama Group. Join Frank Forde, Gerry Rowland and surprise guests in the Town Hall at 2pm. Tap your feet and sway along to a dancing display from the “Jiving Juniors” as seen on the Late Late Show. Be a part also of a special occasion – there will be the Homecoming Launch of a new book entitled A Happy Type of Sadness – A Journey through Irish Country Music written by Crossmolina native, Kevin Martin.
Gardener’s World and Cake Sale, outside Old Davis’s Store and along bank of River Deel, 10.30AM
The Tidy Towns Committee hold their 11th Gardener’s World and Cake Sale. Enjoy the sight of lots of home baking, organically grown vegetables, and make friends with some chickens and hens. Come along and enjoy a cup of tea!
Art Workshop, Crossmolina National School, 11AM-1PM and 2.30PM-4.30PM
There’ll be lots of imaginative arts and crafts. Suitable for children aged 5 and over.
To book: telephone Elsa at 089 409 1199
Inferno Youth Disco, O’Malley’s Bar, 9PM-12PM
Dance along to some great tunes at Inferno! The Youth Disco is the happening place to be for first, second and third years.
SATURDAY, 21st July
Teddy Bears and family PICNIC, Crossmolina Playground, 2PM – FREE event
This year we invite families to join in the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the playground. Bring along your picnic and join in the family homecoming theme of the festival with bouncy castles, games and fun activities. Enjoy a day out for all the family from 2pm.
Family Cycle, Crossmolina GAA pitch, 11am – FREE event
Come along and enjoy this leisurely cycle for all the family hosted by North Mayo Leisure Cycle Club. Remember to bring your helmuts and hi-viz jackets as they are mandatory.
Scenic Family Walk, starts from the Bothy in Letterkeen Wood, 11AM – FREE (limited transport available from Crossmolina). Directions will be signposted from Keenagh Crossroads.
Suitable for children aged 6 and over.
Join tour guide, Derek Davidson from Walk West Ireland on a leisurely 5km walk through the Nephin Beg mountains, visiting historical caves along one of the many rivers in the Wild Nephin Park.
For further information about the Scenic Family Walk, telephone 087 223 4624
SUNDAY, 22nd July
Family Fun Day, Sports & BBQ, Abbeytown/Abbeyview, 1PM-4PM – FREE event
A free fun filled activity packed day including bouncy castles, novelty races, games and tasty barbecue food. This is a great family day out!
Singing Pubs Grand Final, O’Malley’s Bar, doors open at 8.30PM. Admission: €10
Eight finalists battle it out to become the Singing Pubs Winner 2018 and receive a great prize. Join Compere Ben Tierney and Special Guest Judge Mickey Joe Harte (Ireland Eurovision candidate, 2003, “We’ve Got the World”) as we listen to great voices, sing along and try to figure who’ll scoop the Singing Pubs crown this year. There’ll be dancing on the evening with Wavelength.
Junior Fishing Competition hosted by Lough Conn & Cullen Anglers, Gortnor Abbey Pier, 10.30AM – FREE event
For ages 10-18. Life jacket and fishing rod are necessary. Weigh-in at 1.30PM.
Advance registration required.
To register: contact Padraic Traynor at 086 605 2687 (before Wednesday, 18th July)
Crossmolina Parish “We are Family Mass”, St. Tiernan’s Church, 11AM
Celebrate Crossmolina’s Parish Community as a family of families and celebrate our wonderful local festival.
Canoeing “Try it for Reel”, Gortnor Abbey Pier, 11AM
Suitable for ages 10 and over.
Join Moy Canoe Club to try out canoeing and try your hand at Canoe Polo and Slalom.
For further information visit moycanoeclub.com
Events on Wednesday 18th July and Thursday 19th July
Events on Friday 20th July
Events on Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July