It’s that time of year again – Spring has well and truly sprung 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 2020 in North Mayo & West Sligo.

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 Tuesday, March 17th from 4:30pm, a mid afternoon start that means that there’s time to take in several of the great parades around North Mayo, if one wishes!

The parade will commence on Mercy Road proceeding from Convent Hill through town,  and will be followed by a super 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 makes Ballina a great place to live.

The Ballina St Patrick’s Day Parade promises to be even more spectacular this year.
If you would like to take part in Parade 2020, contact Ballina Tourist Office 096 72800 info@ballina.ie


Ballycastle St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Ballycastle St. Patrick’s Day parade will as usual take place after Mass on Tuesday, 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 Organisation as follows:
Sean O’Grady on 0864082416, Maura Healy on 0863571231 


Belmullet – Light Up St. Patrick’s Day

Belmullet St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Tuesday March 17th at 5:30pm. Walkers will assemble at the Sports Complex while vehicles are asked to assemble at the industrial estate 5:00pm.

Please decorate your vehicles with lights or bring along a glowing toy if walking


Crossmolina – St. Patrick’s Festival of Lights

Crossmolina Electric Lights Parade 2020The 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 8:00pm on Monday 16th 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!

Visit crossmolinafestival.ie or contact the team by emailing crossmolinafestivalevents@gmail.com


Killala

The Killala St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Tuesday 17th March at 1pm starting from the Community Centre.

Come along and enjoy the fun for all the family.

Contact Michael for further details on 0874185892.


Lahardane

The Lahardane St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place this year on Tuesday 17th March at 2pm. 

Contact Ray on 0892574739, David on 0876385754 or Brendan on 0894059411 for more details.


Swinford

The 69th annual Swinford St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts from the Swinford Amenity Park at 3pm on Tuesday 17th March. 

For Information contact Francis Brennan on 087 9909863.


“West Sligo Three Village Parade” – Enniscrone/Easkey/Dromore West

The parishes of Enniscrone, Easkey 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 Tuesday 17th March:

Enniscrone:  First up, the Enniscrone Parade starts at 1pm sharp from the Diamond Coast Hotel.

Contact blackpigfestival@gmail.com

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

Dromore West: Starts at 4:30pm from the church.

Followed by refreshments and entertainment in the community centre! Contact: dromorewestvec@gmail.com 


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 2020 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 2019 in Mayo