Festivals and Events in and around Clew Bay in Westport, Louisburgh and Newport
The Westport Horse & Pony Show is held on the first weekend in June.
The Sea Angling Festival is held annually in the third or fourth week in June. This is internationally acclaimed and in existence for over 42 years, attracting sea anglers from all over the world.
The annual Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage is held annually on the last Sunday in July.
The Westport Arts Festival is held in the first week of October. This is a festival of arts, music and literature.
The Westport music festival – this five day event will now run annually in July at the Fairgreen. It began July 18, 2006.
The Westport Seafood Festival is held on the October Bank Holiday weekend. There are traditional Irish pubs with a great atmosphere in the local area within a two km radius from the House.,
Staunton’s Pub in Lecanvey – with pool table and open fire – proprietor Therese and Gerard – great “craic”.
Cambell’s Pub in Murrisk with Beergarden – Music – beside Croagh Patrick Carpark
The Tavern in Murrisk – Pub and Restaurant.,Further towards Westport on the coast road is The Shebeen – a thatched Pub serving Food.There are many good Pubs and Restaurants in Westport and Louisburgh. Our favourites in Westport are :
McGinn’s Pub – Music Pub High Street
The Clock Tower – Music Pub – High Street
Matt Molloy of the Chieftains has a vibrant musical pub on Bridge Street at the heart of the town. Beergarden in the grounds of Westport house with music venues and food Outdoor Sports and Activities: Westport has become the adventure capitol of the West of Ireland with several competive events such as Gael Force. Westport is a very popular angling centre providing ample opportunties for sea fishing on Clew Bay and game and coarse fishing on numerous nearby loughs and rivers.Westport Golf Club (championship) is currently ranked 43rd out of the top 100 golf courses in Ireland by Golf Digest. It has hosted prestigious tournaments, both the Ladies Home Internationals in 1989 and the Irish Amateur Close Championship on three occasions, most recently in 1997. It also hosted the Irish PGA Championship in 2002.
Clew Bay is a most attractive sailing cruising area for visiting the Islands such as Clare Island, Inisturk Island and Inisbofin Island or to sail up the only Irish Fjord – Killery Harbour.
The Mayo Sailing Club in Rosmony is a vibrant club involved in cruising, racing and sail training in Clew Bay. (see www.mayosailingclub.com)
Glenans Irish Sailing Club (GISC) is a non-profit sailing school affiliated to, but currently independent of the larger French Les Glenans sailing school. Glenans Irish Sailing Club offers courses in cruisers, catamarans, dinghys and windsurfing. The sailing base in Clew Bay is on Collanmore Island with access from Rosmony Pier.
The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is located in Turlough Village, 8 km east of Castlebar, County Mayo in Ireland. Set up in 2001, the museum is part of the National Museum of Ireland group of museums. The museum, exhibiting the rural way of life of the Irish people between 1850 and 1950, is located on the grounds of Turlough Park House. There are displays on the home, the natural environment, trades & crafts, communities and working on the land and water.