See what’s happening for St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Mayo North

A full round-up of festivals and events to mark the national holiday

St. Patrick's Day 2018 in Mayo North parades

It’s that time of year again – Spring has well and truly spring and there’s a grand stretch in the evenings. An entire weekend of celebrating St Patrick’s Day lies ahead, and never ones to shirk from a challenge,  the towns and villages of Mayo North are all putting on a great show. Here’s a full line-up of all the great events taking place for St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Mayo North.

Well done to all the volunteers who put their time into organising these wonderful celebrations

Ballina Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza

The town’s parade takes place this year on Sunday, March 18th  from 4pm, ensuring no clashes with neighbouring parades and allowing local businesses to trade as normal if they wish following the recent storms.

The parade will commence on Mercy Road proceeding from Convent Hill through town,  and will be followed a fireworks extravaganza from 7pm at the Salmon Weir Bridge, funded by the local businesses.

Cheer on the energetic procession featuring Ballina’s gifted music and dance groups, talented juvenile sporting clubs, and plethora of  clubs and groups in Ballina. St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a great opportunity to applaud all that make Ballina a great place to live.

Full details of the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, March Madness, can be found by clicking here.

Entries and enquiries about the Ballina St. Patrick’s Day should be directed to members of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee as follows: 
Anne Bain:  096 74000 or 087 1394529 or Matt Farrell: 087 1394529.

Ballycastle St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Ballycastle St. Patrick’s day parade will as usual take place after Mass on Saturday, 17th of March from the Community Hall – approximately 12:30pm.

All local businesses and organisations are invited to enter a float to make this year’s parade extra special.

 For more information, contact members of the Ballycastle Events Organisiation as follows:
Sean o Grady on 0864082416 . contact Maura Healy 09643138 Sean O Grady or any member of BEO.

Crossmolina – St. Patrick’s Festival of Lights

The Crossmolina community has again this year put together what is shaping up to be a spectacular weekend of celebrations  and undoubtedly one of the most original and exciting festivals in the country, let alone North Mayo, with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival of Lights.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Electric Light Parade, which takes place at 7:30pm on Saturday 17th March in the town centre. Get there early for this spectacular illuminated procession as massive crowds are expected. Join in the fun by dressing up and decking yourself in lights! If you’re looking for an active start to the weekend, the Light the Night 5k Run on Friday 16th March at 7.30pm is a fun addition to this year’s programme – light yourself up and run or walk the lovely Crossmolina loop.

There’s a full programme of events in place for the Crossmolina St. Patrick’s Day Festival of Lights 2018 from 16th – 18th March, and you can read more about it here.

Visit or contact the team by emailing


Foxford Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Saturday 17th March at 1pm.

Visit the Foxford St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook page for more information.



The Killala St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Friday 17th March at 12pm starting from the Community Centre.

Come along and enjoy the fun for all the family.

Contact Michael for further details on 0874185892.


Lahardane St Patrick's Day Parade 2018

There’s a really special St Patrick’s Day in store this year for Lahardane, and the largest parade ever seen in the village as it they play hosts to the 50 members of the Hayes High School Marching Band from Delaware, Ohio! The parade takes place this year on Saturday 17th March at 2pm. 

The visit is the result of the culmination of a link between local businessman William Barrett and the members of the Delaware’s Sister City Board, which promotes and maintains twin town links. It is the aim and ambition of both locations, if the visit is a success to officially seal a link between the two destinations.

The band will be accompanied by 30 chaperones , meaning that there will be one fantastic celebration in store over the St. Patrick’s weekend and indeed a full festival is planned including a Welcome Night in Murphy’s on Friday 16th at 7:30pm, and a concert in Lahardane Church on Sunday 18th at 6pm followed by a farewell party in Leonard’s from 7:30pm. Of course there will be lots of live traditional music over the weekend!

Locals in the town and around are being encouraged to attend to show their support on the day and witness this spectacular event and make new connections with our US visitors.

As if that wasn’t enough, if you can’t make it, there will be chance to catch up and view the parade as it will be streamed on the popular ‘Lahardane live’ Facebook page.

A real highlight of the North Mayo festivities for sure and we wish everyone involved a fantastic weekend.



The Swinford St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts from the Swinford Amenity Park at 3pm on Friday 17th March with the theme ‘Building a Better Community’.

There will be live music by Swinford Comhaltas on the main stage from 2:30pm and plenty of fun in store throughout the town. The Parade Awards and Presentation Night will take place on Sunday March 18th in the Gateway Hotel from 8pm.

And why not kickstart the weekend on Friday night with the Jack  Feeney Commemorative Concert in the Gateway Hotel at 8pm?

West Sligo – Dromore West/Easkey/Enniscrone

The parishes of Easkey, Enniscrone and Dromore West work together to stage their St. Patrick’s Day events, so that locals can take in the full day of celebrations if they wish, and the “Three Village” St. Patrick’s Day Parades initiative has been a great success. The three parades take place at the following times on Saturday 17th March:

Enniscrone:  First up, the Enniscrone Parade starts at 1pm sharp from the Diamond Coast Hotel. To celebrate Enniscrone’s success in the 2017 Community Pride of Place awards, this years theme is “Pride of Place” Contact

Easkey: Starts at 3pm from the car park outside St James’ Church. Contact: 

Dromore West: Starts at 4pm from the church. Followed by refreshments and entertainment in the community centre! Contact: 

So there you have it. A fine weekend of festivities lies ahead. Enjoy, and from all of us at Mayo North, wishing you a happy and peaceful St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Mayo or wherever it is you may be be. 

We’ll leave you with this image of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland!

St. Patrick's Day 2017 in Mayo

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