National Heritage Week events in Ballina

National Heritage Week events in Ballina

National Heritage Week 2016

Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week, National Heritage Week 2016 will run from August 20th – 28th.

Wednesday 24th August from 7-9pm. At the Jackie Clarke Collection

“The Spirits of 1916” – Under the guidance of the Jackie Clarke Collection’s Community and Volunteer Programme, the Collection will deliver an inspired evening of poetry, music, songs and drama. In honour of all the people involved in the 1916 Rising. The evening will concentrate around the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation delivering to the audience compositions by Padraig Pearse, Thomas McDonagh and others associated with  the movement at the time. Guests appearing on the night include the Bofield Ceile Band, Community Focus Members and other friends of the Jackie Clarke Collection.

– Free Admission – Booking Essential

For any further details contact Anne Marie Forbes on 096 73508 or email email [email protected]

Jackie Clarke Collection and National Heritage week

Historical Walking Tour of Ballina

Ballina Past and Present : Mar a Bhí agus Mar Atá, presented by Carmel Hughes, local historian :former Post Primary Teacher : Hon Treasurer North Mayo West Sligo Heritage Group.Tour of Ballina.

Primary Category: Walks

Visit Local Historic Sites -From Pre History through the centuries to the present day. Patrician and Medieval era :The 1798 Rebellion :the Famine : The Land League : War of Independence to Modern Ballina.


24th August 19:00 PM to 21:30 PM

Venue Name: The Font, Bury Street.

Address: Bury St, Ballina, Co Mayo.

County: Mayo

Event Organiser/Organisation: North Mayo West Sligo Heritage Group

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 087 6426349

Ballina Town library

Craobh Eo Woodturning Exhibition in Ballina Library

The Craobh Eo Woodturners are a chapter of the IWG, based in Mayo, set up in 2004 with 39 members comprised of people from all walks of life exhibiting a selection of their craft in the library.

Primary Category: Exhibitions

The Craobh Eo Woodturners meet monthly in the Craobh Eo centre to compare their turnings, share experience and hold regular workshops. The club’s aim is to promote woodturning by providing a platform for new & experienced woodturners to enjoy their passion. Woodturning is the action of shaping wood with a lathe. The lathe is probably one of the oldest of the developed machine tools known. Woodturning has been practiced from at least the 6th century BC and possibly for several hundred years prior to that evident from the physical remains of turned products and turned waste. Woodturning had made its way to Britain and Ireland by the 2nd century BC.

Down the centuries, throughout Ireland, rural communities would have engaged the services of the woodturner to manufacture domestic utensils such as trenchers, bowls, dishes, vessels and simple furniture. Later many of these utensils would have been sold at local markets and fairs. Woodturned objects went into decline in the 1930’s but recently there has been a resurgence in interest in the craft. Wood-turning is a highly skilled craft and the woods best suited to the craft are elm, apple, cherry, pear and walnut, all of which reveal beautiful graining when polished.


20th August 10:00 AM to 16:00 PM
23rd August 10:00 AM to 20:00 PM
24th August 10:00 AM to 20:00 PM
25th August 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM
26th August 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM
27th August 10:00 AM to 16:00 PM

Venue Name: Ballina Public Library

Address: Pearse St, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

The Wests Awake

The Mayo North Heritage Centre is open to the public and provides a genealogy service to clients worldwide. A small Museum and Tea room over-looks an ornamental garden and an organic market garden.

Primary Category: Living History


24th August 11:00 AM to 17:00 PM
25th August 11:00 AM to 17:00 PM
26th August 11:00 AM to 17:00 PM
27th August 11:00 AM to 17:00 PM

Venue Name: The Mayo North Heritage Centre

Address: Enniscoe, Castlehill, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

County: Mayo

vent Organiser/Organisation: Mayo North Heritage Centre

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 096 31809

North Mayo Heritage Centre

French Mayo Festival

A taste of France along the Wild Atlantic Way, showcasing Mayo’s unique Gallic links through music, food and pageantry.

Primary Category: Festivals


26th August 19:00 PM to 23:00 PM
27th August 10:00 AM to 23:00 PM

Venue Name: Ballina, Co. Mayo

Address: Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland www.

French Mayo programme of events


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