Achill Easter Festival 2016

EXPO ACHILL Prize Draw Winners

The following are the lucky winners from the prize draw at EXPO Achill 2016, held during the Achill Easter Festival:

  • Anne Sweeney winner of Framed Graphic colourful Map of Achill kindly sponsored by Impack Design
  • Attracta English winner of €60 Voucher kindly sponsored by Achill Bio-Energy Therapy
  • Martin Kilbane winner of Achill Rovers Jersey
  • Tommy Gallagher winner of €35 Voucher kindly sponsored by Achill Seaweed Baths
  • Michael Corcoran winner of 5 piece Fireplace Companion Set kindly sponsored by Gallagher Memorials
  • Peter Byrne winner of €20 Voucher kindly sponsored by Blackfield Clothing Studio
  • Kate Keogh winner of Voucher for two Pizza’s kindly sponsored by Pure Magic Achill
  • Anita McGinty winner of Voucher for a Wash and Blow-dry kindly sponsored by Lorna Quinn
  • T.J. Molloy winner of Voucher for 2 Adults & 2 Children – 1 hour Bowling, 1 hour Kids Island & 1 game of Golf kindly sponsored by Gateway Leisure
  • Margaret Gallagher winner of one year membership for Achill Historical and Archaeological Society kindly sponsored by Achill Historical and Archaeological Society
  • Mary Sweeney winner of 4 Tubs of Achill Island Sea Salt kindly sponsored by Achill Island Sea Salt
  • Paddy Downey winner of Achill’s Eva O’Flaherty book kindly sponsored by Mary J. Murphy
  • Pat Fallon winner of Set of Raised Flower Beds kindly sponsored by Pat Sheridan
  • Oisín Murphy winner of Knight & Day Bracelet & Pippa for Blank Canvas Cosmetics kindly sponsored by Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacy Achill
  • Patricia Keeley winner of Achill Island Book by Dr. Theresa McDonald kindly sponsored by Achill Archaeological Field School
  • Stephen Corrigan winner of Pizza for two selected from The Valley House pizza menu plus one bottle of house red or white wine kindly sponsored by The Valley House

Achill Easter Festival 2016

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An exhibition of artifacts, images, information, associated with the Rising of 1916 will be held at Hala Acla, Achill Sound. John O’Callaghan will speak on the Easter Rising and the vision of the Rebels on Friday at 8.00pm. On Saturday evening Ms Margaret Roche (M.Phil.) will speak on the women of the Rebellion in a talk entitled “Splendidly Silenced”.

Artwork produced by the pupils of the National Schools and Essays on the Rising by pupils of Coláiste Pobail Acla will be on display during the weekend and Prizes will be awarded on the Saturday evening. Prizes kindly sponsored by Cregal Art, Galway and another kind donor.

Musical entertainment will add to the atmosphere. Admission to the Exhibition is Free.

Sunday 6th March

CURRANE COASTAL 5K & 10K 2016 AT 12pm. Further information on 087 2314283 or

Monday 14th March

TOP DRAWER & PANTRY – Presents: Achill Showcase – An Exhibition by Achill Based Artists – Art / Photography / Sculpture / Craft. Open 14th March – 2nd April.

Wednesday 16th March

“The 16th March has for over a century been associated with emigrants returning to play in the famous pipe bands of Achill on St Patrick’s Day” – GIELTY’S CLEW BAY @ 9.30pm.

Thursday 17th March

Achill Pipe Bands
6am – Rèville – “The big drum is sounded at 6am to wake up and summon the members of the Achill Bands. A tradition that stretches back to the land wars”

8am – 6pm – Traditional St Patrick’s Day Parade. Established in 1882 and held every year since. After 12pm Mass all pipe bands congregate at The Church of Assumption, Dookinella.

9am – Aifreann Gaeilge (Mass in Irish) St Patrick’s Church, Pollagh.

THE YELLOW LADY DESIGN CENTRE – Open daily from 17th March– 3rd April 2016 between 1pm – 5pm.

Friday 18th March

PURE MAGIC – Kiddies Disco 4pm – 6pm. Admission €4. Family Ticket €10.

The “DAY AFTER” session in GIELTY’S CLEW BAY 4pm till late “Another long standing tradition in Achill with locals and visiting musicians”.

Saturday 19th March

ACHILL ISLAND GOLF CLUB – 18 Hole Open Competition Ladies & Four Ball Better Ball Open.


WALKING FESTIVAL – AN COSÁN CÓNRA – (The Coffin Trail). Meet at 10am at Keel Caravan Park. Cost Free. Please contact Tomás direct by e-mail at or text to 087-9681780

DOOAGH SCHOOL BAND 50TH ANNIVERSARY – Dinner Dance in Ostán Oileán Acla, Music with Cheers followed by Disco.

DISCO IN HALA ACLA 8.30pm – 10.30pm

Sunday 20th March

ACHILL SOUND ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE at 1pm Achill Sound from Davitt Park to Hala Acla. Over 60 participants including floats, sporting groups etc. After Parade Dance Demonstrations by Moffatt School of Dancing followed by Puppet Show.

WALKING FESTIVAL – SLÍ GRÁINNE MHAOL (Bothrín na hAilte) Meet at 10am at Patten’s Lounge Bar, Derreens. Cost Free. Please contact Tomás direct by e-mail at or text to 087 9681780

ACHILL ISLAND GOLF CLUB – 18 Hole Open Competition Ladies & Four Ball Better Ball Open.

MCLOUGHLINS BAR – Music all day.

TED’S BAR – Seisiún na nÓg: Traditional music session – New Young Musicians Welcome, 6pm – 8pm.

Monday 21st March

ACHILL OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE – Easter Camp 21st to 25th March, 2016. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. €80.00 per week Monday to Friday. Surfing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Indoor Rock-climbing, Archery, Mountain Boarding and Team Games. Transport provided locally at designated points. Tel 098 47253 or 085 2104326.

NAIONRA & IARSCOIL NAOMH SHEOSAIMH – Easter Camp 21st –23rd March 2016. Contact 086 4059460 for more information

Friday 25th March (Good Friday)

COFFIN TRAIL WALK at 10am from Dooega Church to Old Kildownet Church (weather permitting).

BIG RED BARN at Ted’s Bar – Event Launch: Kids Disco 5-7pm. Admission: Free

BIG RED BARN at Ted’s Bar – Youth Disco 9 – 11pm. Admission: €8.

Saturday 26th March (Holy Saturday)

PURE MAGIC – Kiddies Easter Egg Hunt starting at 1pm.

BIG RED BARN at Ted’s Bar – Headlining Event: “Strictly Come Dancing Achill”. 12 local acts will battle it out to become King and Queen of this exciting event, followed by NITE CLUB. Admission: €15

A READING BY PATRICIA BYRNE, author of ‘The Veiled Woman of Achill’, on the local history of the area including the Valley House and Monastery to be held in Achill Heritage Centre, Bunnacurry at 7:30pm. Admission: €10

GIELTY’S CLEW BAR – Traditional Music Session.

OSTÁN OILEÁN ACLA – Music with Damien McHale.

MCLOUGHLINS BAR – Music with the original “Wallop the Cat”.

Sunday 27th March (Easter Sunday)

DAWN MASS at Sunrise at Silver Strand Dugort.

BIG RED BARN – RNLI Jumble Sale 2pm-6pm Admission: Free

ACHILL ISLAND GOLF CLUB – 18 Hole Open Competition Men & Ladies

MCLOUGHLINS BAR – Music with the Mulloy Brothers 6pm – 8.30pm.

TED’S BAR – Seisiún na nÓg: Traditional music session – New Young Musicians Welcome, 6pm – 8pm.

Sunday 27th March (Easter Sunday Night)

OSTÁN OILEÁN ACLA – Music with Damien McHale.

BIG RED BARN at Ted’s Bar – Big Band Night with REJIG – Ireland’s hottest new band! Promising a night of energetic sound ranging from traditional Irish trad and folk with a modern twist to current chart toppers. Doors open @ 9pm followed by NITE CLUB till late. Admission: €10

STRAND HOTEL – Live Music with Greg “Elvis” Traynor.

MCLOUGHLINS BAR – Music with the original “Wallop the Cat”

GIELTY’S CLEW BAY – Traditional Music Session

Monday 28th March (Easter Monday)

ACHILL ISLAND GOLF CLUB – 18 Hole Open Competition Men

BIG RED BARN at Ted’s Bar – EXPO ACHILL 2016 is an exhibition to present all products and services that are produced, traded or available in the area. Open from 12 noon to 5pm. Admission: Free.

Tuesday 29th March

Big Red Barn – Robot Battles Workshop: This workshop explores the area of robotics by way of robot battles. Children will learn the fundamentals of programming, design, engineering and automation in a fun, energetic environment! Robots will be built with Lego. Workshop Times are as follows and will be age specific: 10.00 – 11.30; 11.45 – 13.15; 13.45 – 15.15; 15.30 – 16.45
These workshops promise to incorporate many elements of fun, whilst educating your child in areas of mathematics, engineering and design. Suitable for boys & girls from the age 6+. For more information contact: (086) 4059460 Admission: €10 per child (family rates available).

Achill GAA and Achill Bord Na nÓg Youth Sports Quiz @ 8pm. Admission: €5

Wednesday 30th March

BIG RED BARN at Ted’s Bar – Tommy Marren’s newest play takes to our stage @ 8pm “Nobody’s Talking To Me”. It’s supposed to be a day of special celebration as Mattie and Maggie Conway celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. However, few people know that they haven’t spoken a word to each other in ten years and when the local priest decides to surprise them by calling to their house to renew their marriage vows all hell breaks loose!  Its rip-roaring comedy as Tommy Marren brings to life the follow-up play to the hilarious ‘It’s The Real McCoy’.  Set in rural Ireland in 1968 you better prepare yourself for another night of continuous laughter as ‘Nobody’s Talking To Me’ hits the stage! Admission: €15

Thursday 31st March

ACHILL SECRET GARDEN – Secret Garden open to the public on Thursday 31st March & Friday 1st April between 11am – 4pm. Free Entrance.

BIG RED BARN at Ted’s Bar – Family Fun Evening, music, dancing and party games 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Admission: €3 per person. Family rates available.

Friday 1st April

BIG RED BARN at Ted’s Bar – April Fool’s Day Special Event. Achill Rovers & Achill Ladies GAA presents a “Mock Achill Wedding”. Cailin Acla & Achill’s Most Eligible Bachelor leads an all-star cast! @ 9.30pm. Admission: €10

Saturday 2nd April

ACHILL WHEELERS CYCLING CLUB – The Galway to Achill Cruise for Achill RNLI. Galway Lifeboat Station to Achill Lifeboat Station starting at 9am.

BALL ALLEY, CASHEL – International Pillow Fight Day. Starting at 5pm.

Get those Stetsons out for the Achill Easter Festival Finale, The BIG RED BARN DANCE. Live music with “FLAT OUT” followed by NITE CLUB. Admission: €10, Door Open @ 10pm.