The Captivated Eye – Launch on 20th October at 1 pm in the Linenhall

Linenhall Press Release

The Captivated Eye – Launch on 20th October at 1 pm in the Linenhall.

The Captivated Eye is an ambitious and exciting project in which the children of
6th class at St Angela’s Primary School in Castlebar have been given access to the
art collection at Mayo County Council in order to create, or, in visual art terms, to
curate an exhibition from the collection. The exhibition goes on show at the
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar from 20th October to the 26th November 2016.

The current 6th class pupils at St Angela’s Primary School are particularly
experienced in engaging with visual art exhibitions. So far during their primary school
education they have visited 15 visual art exhibitions at the Linenhall Arts Centre’s
gallery as part of its Visual Art Programme for Schools. That programme consists of
gallery visits during which the children engage with, and discuss the visual art on
show. The gallery visits are coupled with workshops designed to enable the children
to explore in a hands-on way some aspect of the art works they have just seen in the

The Captivated Eye takes the Linenhall Arts Centre’s Visual Art Programme for
Schools one step further, and engages the children in organising an exhibition
themselves, from examining and discussing the various art works available to them, to
deciding which work to include, writing brochure blurbs, deciding on the layout of the
exhibition, devising text (as required) for display as part of the exhibition and
spreading the word about the exhibition. Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator at
Mayo County Council, and Orla Henihan, Arts Access Officer at the Linenhall have
been on hand to assist the children throughout the project.

Mayo County Council has been collecting art for many years and has now acquired a
substantial collection of almost 200 works. The County Council augments its art
collection with new acquisitions on a regular basis, which includes paintings, prints,
photography, sculpture and mixed-media works, by artists from or living in Mayo, or
those who have exhibited in the county. Works are displayed on a permanent basis in
publicly accessible space in county council buildings around the county. Parts of the
collection are also exhibited in a variety of exhibitions and there is also a schools
exhibition programme. The participants in The Captivated Eye project have chosen a
short-list of nineteen works from the collection, including pieces by Camille Souter,
Veronica Bolay and Bernie Bohan. With support from their teachers they are gaining
an in-depth understanding of these nineteen pieces through in-class discussions about
each work using an approach called Visual Thinking Strategies which was developed
in the early 1990s at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. From these nineteen
works they will curate their exhibition.

“The Captivated Eye” exhibition is a partnership between the Linenhall Arts Centre
and Mayo County Council’s Arts Office working with St Angela’s Primary School,
and will be officially opened at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday 20th October
at 1.00pm. All are welcome to attend. The exhibition continues until Saturday 26th

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Further information  please contact:
Orla Henihan, Arts Access Officer, Linenhall Arts Centre
Tel: +353 (0)94 902 3733 

Local Bands Making The Headlines In Höchstadt!

Local Bands Making The Headlines In Höchstadt!

Local Bands “Chris & Dave” and “The New Social” have made the local papers in Höchstadt, Castlebar’s twin town in Germany. The two bands are in Höchstadt since Wednesday as part of a project by Castlebar Chamber and supported by Mayo County Council.

They will be playing at the International Open Air Concert tonight which is part of their Altstadtfest festival. The trip includes an Erasmus programme with groups from Germany and Russia. There are many trips planned with a visit to the world famous music shop, “Musikhaus Thomann” which is taking place today. There is also a guided tour of Nuremberg and many other activities.

Speaking to band member, David Gallagher earlier he said “We’ve been here a little over 48 hours and we have already made it a second home! Everyone is incredibly friendly, very warm and we cannot wait for our concert tonight”

We hope they all have a fantastic trip and best of luck with the performances tonight!


The Bonamh Market & Piggy Grand Prix 2016


After the success of the last 2 year’s Bonamh Market, we are delighted to announce that this year will be a 2-day event.  The fun starts on Friday evening, 19th at 8pm with the Piggy Grand Prix followed by live music and on Saturday August 20th, the market will take place in Rush Street.  It will run in association with Mayo Heritage Week, the 1916 Commemoration, Gnó Mhaigh Eo and we are delighted to be joined again by Craftworks Mayo | Ceardaíocht Mhaigh Eo to showcase the best of Mayo products – ‘Déanta i Maigh Eo’.

pig raceOn Friday 19th at 8pm, following up on last year’s fun, there will be the Bonamh Market Piggy Grand Prix 2016!!  This is an evening of fun pig racing…..rásaíocht mhuc!  It is run like a “race night”, except specially trained pigs will be running, or more like trotting, instead of virtual horses.  These races take place all over Ireland during the summer, but only in town for the second time.  Pigs are available to buy at €30 each in any of the 6 pubs on the street.  Groups of 4 and 5 can chip in to own one, and pick a name and even the jockey’s name!!  After all the excitement of this evening’s race meeting, there will be music on the street until 11.30pm.


For the last 2 years the traditional pig market that used to take place in this street every Saturday years ago was revived.  In those times, men and women, and sometimes children, would come to Rush St and sell their pigs, calves, cabbage, etc.  This market was very much a part of Castlebar and many great characters passed through there.  On August 20th, the traders of the street will relive this part of Castlebar’s past. The characters will be back again with their wares: the street will be set up like a market.  The forge will be there, along with a thatcher, baker, food stalls etc. There will be musicians playing on bales of hay, dancers dancing and plenty of fun to make this a great day out for everyone.  Beidh ceol, damhsa agus craic, mar sin bígí linn!.  There will the animals from the the local Pet Farm, bouncy castles, Elvery’s football challenge and a display of old cars, old tractors and farm machinery.  Gnó Mhaigh Eo will be there with a bi-lingual puppet show too.  This was a great hit in Castlebar recently and is a must see for all the family.

1916This year will recognise the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.  Re-enactors from Glencorrib will be joining us with their brilliant float that took first prize at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The street will be decked out in the national colours and to add to the 1916 atmosphere, there will be a “1916 themed “ fancy dress with a cash prize for the winner.  We are calling on as many people as possible to dress up and get into the spirit of the day!  Former town councillor and author of ‘A History of Castlebar – Municipal Government 1613 – 2014’, Noel Campbell, will give a brief history of the street and then the Proclamation will be read by the founder of Mayo Peace Park, Michael Feeney MBE, at a flag raising ceremony and Castlebar Concert Band will be on hand to play the National Anthem and other tunes for the occasion.

There will also be a busking competition during the day with €150 in prizes sponsored by McDermott House Furnishers.  All street performers welcome.  CRC FM will be there on the day as usual to broadcast the activities live.  If anyone has stories or tales from those days gone by, you can tell them to CRC’s listenership on air.

The market dates way back and Castlebar locals remember it fondly.  One source says Rush Street is so called because rushes were spread on the road to absorb the droppings of the animals.  The calf market was centered around the Rush
St/Charles St. area long after the original fairs ended.  The Bonamh Market was intermingled with the calf market.  Old Moore’s Almanac used to refer to the fairs at that time in the town.  A baby chick market was held as well as a dillisk stall on the bridge.  Large trucks full of clothes used to park and sell the stuff off the back.

Bígí linn ag an Margadh Banbh chun an chuid seo de stair Chaisleán an Bharraigh a athbheochan – beidh ceardaíocht, bia, agus spraoi ann!

Mark Cadden
Chairman, Bonamh Markey & Heritage Day



Nicholas Quinn Rio Olympics 2016

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 Castlebar’s Nicholas Quinn will be competing in Rio Olympics 2016 this Saturday. We are asking you all to join in our conversation on twitter @castlebarNOW on today (Friday 5th) at 12 pm using the Hashtags #NicholasQuinn#RioOlympics2016 . We are hoping to show as much support for Nicholas and his family by creating a stir on social media.

We cannot do it without the help of the local community, clubs, businesses etc and hope that you will all join in and offer any words of encouragement and support for our Olympian!! Please spread the word and lets show Nicholas how proud we are to have him represent us in this years Rio Olympics 2016! I know his family would be delighted to see you all get behind him and cheer him on in whatever way you can!

nicholas quinn poster

Bonamh Market & Heritage Day

Date set for Bonamh Market & Heritage Day, Castlebar. Watch local press and social media for details. If you have any photos, please email us at If you want to help, phone 094 9024845. This year there will be a 1916 Fancy Dress with a cash prize so dust off those clothes and dress up for the day. Delighted to announce that Castlebar Concert Band will be playing for the 1916 Commemoration and reading of the Proclamation.


Castlebar Truck Stop

Castlebar Truck Stop


Sunday August 14th


There will be a genuinely unique event in Hoban’s Car Park, Castlebar on Sunday August 14th at 1.30pm as part of a fund raising drive to help a very special local and worthy cause.

As a part of the Newport Truck Run taking place from Ballina to Newport, over 30 trucks will roll into the car park at approximately 1.30pm and park up and give all truck enthusiasts and opportunity to get up close and personal with these fantastic machines of the road.  Truck drivers will be bringing their cabs from all over the island of Ireland to support this charity appeal.  The trucks will remain there until 3pm and during that time everyone is invited to come along and this magnificent sight while helping the cause.  There will be music there to add to the atmosphere provided by well-known local duo, Jam Shugar, and John Kilkenny’s Rolling Waves group.  The Cresham Academy Of Irish Dancing will provide Irish dancing and watch out for the street entertainers too!

The cause behind the fundraiser is a young local man who was in a horrific road traffic collision on Friday 19th Feb 2016, between Charlestown and Swinford on the N5. He was a seasoned HGV driver on his way back home after a hard days work. After the accident he was in an induced coma and on a ventilator in intensive Care in Galway University Hospital where his life hung in the balance.

He suffered massive injuries to all his four limbs, his head and his torso, However his legs suffered catastrophic injuries. This has left him using a wheelchair and other aids to facilitate his future battle to walk. This man has spent the last five months in hospital where he crawled back from deaths door and underwent at least 13 surgical procedures, However he has a vast amount of surgeries, rehab, and physical therapy to endure in the future.

This fundraiser to help this brave man, his fiancée and his two young sons with their medical expenses, transportation costs and day to day living expenses. As you can imagine their world came to a complete stand still that fateful day.

It is hoped that you can support the event in any way: absolutely everything is appreciated.  Please turn out and show your support to the drivers giving their time generously and throw what you can afford into the bucket but most of all, enjoy the Truck Stop!

Truck Stop 


An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone visit Castlebar

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone visit Castlebar!





We are delighted to release the details of our annual festival on Sunday June 5th inCastlebar, This year we are renaming Dancing At The Crossroads, Ceol At The Crossroads!!  We had huge interest from local bands, especially young local, original talent who will be putting on a showcase of music, original songs, rap and more with all performers coming from the area.

After the success of Castlebar Live! and Mayo Day, so much local talent emerged and it was decided to dedicate June 5th to provide a stage for them and host CEOL AT THE CROSSROADS.  For the last 5 years we had a hugely successful festival on the streets of Castlebar and we will host our event again in the same spot as the last few years and feel this will attract thousands to the town.  Linenhall St. and Tucker St. will be closed off from 12pm till midnight.  Music Generation Mayo’s  (MGM) Teen Bands will start the live music at 4pm.  This will feature all students of MGM under the direction of Kate McKeon.  After that local musicians including Aidan Bolger, Julianne Hennelly, Dean Cleary & Thomas Langan will be sharing the stage for “1 stage, 3 acts”. Everyday Solution, the 5 piece pop act will be producing professional noise, amateur style.  Fionn Costello will be making his debut appearance in Castlebar with his full band, UPPBEAT.  Finn has attracted the attention of rappers in Brooklyn so these lads are not to be missed!

The maestros of acoustic rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm & blues, reggae and soul,Ryo & Damo will be there along with The Dividing Range, a 3 piece band with a range from folk to indie rock, focusing on recording original material and now are bursting on to the Irish music scene.  The Castlebar based Selfie Sticks, a 4-piece original rock band are up next and well known Jam Shugar will finish the night playing all your favourite rocking anthems from 60’s classics to modern favourites with a few original tunes to spice it up.  This is a huge night of home grown local talent so come out and support it and this year you don’t have to worry about the rain as there will be a specially constructed “stretch tent’ covering the stage and front of stage area so you can dance away without worrying about getting wet!!  The cover will be lit in cool lighting effects so we’ve got everything covered!!

The “Ukulele Train” arrives in Castlebar on Sat. June 4th at 15.35 and the “ukes” will head straight for Johnny McHales (on the ukulele bus!) for a few tunes.  From there it leaves for Mick Byrnes to arrive at 17.30 for more tunes and black pudding!  That night the formal ukulele sessions take place in 3 venues:  Mulroy’s, the Irish House and Mick Byrnes all starting at 10.30pm.  Judging from the reaction last year, these sessions will be great fun and well worth going to for a look.      The following morning there will be workshops in Lough Lannagh Holiday Village.  Sheilagh Fox and Conor Rock will be giving the workshops.  They will take place at 11am and the fee is just €10 or €5 for school going students but places are very limited so book now at 094 9024845

Later that day, (Sunday), the ukulele bus will head for Johnny McHales at 5pm and there will be an all-inclusive session there.  All students are invited to join in the fun.  Later that night the “The Strolling Ukulele Minstrels” will wander around various venues in the town taking over the premises for a few songs before heading off on their journey again.

Make sure to put the date in your diary for this fantastic fun festival!!

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