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  30th March '22


Information Event

An exciting Hybrid Information event for Mayo County Council's NPA Project ‘Stratus' will take place in Ballycastle Community Hall on Thursday 31st March from 10.00am – 1pm.

Join online or in person to find out more.

The on-site experience includes:

Project Introduction

Historian briefing

Virtual Reality demo using oculus headset

Project presentations



The Virtual experience includes:

Project Introduction

Historian briefing

Project presentations


In the Stratus project we use Virtual Reality (VR) to enhance visitor experiences at Downpatrick Head and other tourist sites along the Wild Atlantic Way . We have developed a VR prototype solution that enhances and integrates exploration of cultural and natural heritage. This allows us to tell the any stories from the ages of history at Downpatrick Head.


We have designed collaborative heritage VR ahere multiple users can communicate within the same Virtual Environment. We aim to encourage collaboration between onsite and offsite participants.


We will use VR to connect cultural and natural heritage sites to enhance visitor experiences along the Wild Atlantic Way and beyond.


For more information please contact craftery@mayococo,ie or visit the website:


Kiddies Korner

Join Kiddies Korner staff, parents and kiddies as we walk up Downpatrick Head on Saturday 2nd April at 2pm in Support with Charlie Bird to help raise funds for Pieta and Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Meeting in Downpatrick carpark at 1.45pm. all children must be accompanied by an adult.


Daffodil Day

Money raised on Daffodil Day in Ballycastle was €1270. Thank you to all who supported, all who helped on the day, Magnus and Michéal Jackson for the daffodils and Ann Callaghan for the many cups of tea and coffee.



The death occurred on 7th March of Eamon Munnelly, Evesham, Midlands, UK and formerly of Carrowcullen, Ballycastle. Predeceased by his parents Christina and Peter Munnelly and his sister Helen. Sympathy is extended to his family, his brothers John, Michael, Anthony, Kevin and Gerry, his sisters Breege and Ann, grandchildren, his extended family, relatives and friends.

May he rest in peace.


Céide Fields

The closing date for applications for Guide Staff at Céide Fields is 31st March. Applications can be made online at The all new Centre will be reopening at Easter.


G.A.A. News


North Mayo Junior A Championship:

Ballycastle: 3 – 11; Ballycroy: 0 -10


50/50 Draw:

Congratulations to Liam Heffernan, last week's winner (€147).

Tickets are now available in McNamee's XL, John Burkes, Post Office, Healy's Pub,

Belderrig Community Centre and on-line.


G.A.A. Membership:

GAA Membership is now due and must be paid by 31st March.

Family Cairde Baile an Chaisil membership costs €260, Single €240.

Chairde Membership includes a County Board €100 ticket, entry to the weekly 50/50 draw and the option to pay by direct debit.

Family membership: €100; Single: €70; OAP: €35; Child: €25.

New members welcome.


Exhibition in Ballinglen Gallery

Moving Still, a solo exhibition of work by Kate MacDonagh will run until April 20th 2022 at The Ballinglen Gallery, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo F26 X5N3.

Kate MacDonagh is an abstract artist whose work explores dualities of light and dark, scale and ephemerality, stillness and movement, the spectral and the material. Since spending time in Japan throughout the last six years, Kate's primary focus is on water-based woodcut (Mokuhanga) and watercolour painting. This exhibition includes work made while on her first residency at Ballinglen in 2021.
‘This abstract image contains something deeply human, an expression of energy existing beyond the surface. It seems both static and full of motion, like a living presence.' – Hugo Hamilton


Church Notices

Mass on Wednesdays at 11.00a.m. on Saturdays at 7.00p.m. and Sundays at 11.30a.m. in Ballycastle and on Sunday at 10.00a.m. in Belderrig.


Mass intentions for this week:


Saturday Vigil 7.00p.m.:

Eddie Gilmartin & Deceased Family Members


Sunday 11.30a.m.:

Kathleen (Anniversary) & Michael Burke


Eucharist Ministers:


Saturday Vigil 7.00p.m.: Paddy McDonnell

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Louise Kelly




Saturday Vigil 7.00p.m.: Maura Fox

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Nuala Delaney




Sunday 3rd April 10.00a.m.

Deceased Members of the Finnerty & McNulty Families


Sunday 10th April 10.00a.m.

Annie O'Keeffe (Anniversary)