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10th December, 2019: Castlebar Book Club - Castlebar Library

Interested in books and reading? Like a chance to let off steam about the most over-rated book ever? Or talk about the book that changed your life? Or the book that every man should read? If so, come along to the Castlebar Book Club, meeting at Castlebar Library, for an enjoyable evening with other like-minded book lovers. The book selected for the December 2019 meeting is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

27th November: Incorporating Mindfulness into your Busy Day - Castlebar Library

It's hard to be mindful when we spend so much of our lives rushing around - between busy work lives and busy home lives. But mindfulness is such an important part of good mental health, and should be nurtured. Occupational psychologist Paul Marsden will look at how to incorporate mindfulness into even the busiest of lives in this Healthy Ireland at Your Library talk. Admission is free and all are welcome. For enquiries, contact Castlebar Library at 094 9047940.

20th November: Getting a Good Night's Sleep - Castlebar Library

Sleep is a very important part of our lives, yet many of us don't pay much attention to it until we have a problem with it. In 'Getting a Good Night's Sleep' occupational psychologist Paul Marsden will look at common sleep problems, how they can be avoided and how we can all develop better sleep habits. This is a Healthy Ireland at Your Library talk. Admission is free and all are welcome. For enquiries, contact Castlebar Library at 094 9047940.

16th November, 2019: Our Sun & Other Stars Workshop - Castlebar Library

As part of Science Week 2019, artist, astronomer and educator Deirdre Kelleghan will begin her workshop with a presentation about our sun. A drawing session will then start wtih tuition, encouragement and suggestions.  Suitable for ages 5 plus. Admission is free. There are two workshop times - 12pm and 2pm. Booking recommended to Castlebar Library at 094 9047940.


16th November, 2019: Bugs & Beasties Workshop with Dale Treadwell from RTE Jnr - Ballina Library


During Science Week 2019, Dale Treadwell, friend of Albie the Why Guy on RTÉ Jnr and Dustin the Turkey will bring the wonders of your own back garden to Ballina  Library  with his very own stories of Harry the Hedgehog, Robby the Robin, bat games, bugs and beasties!!!  Suitable for ages 5 - 10. Admission is free. There are three workshop times - 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Booking recommended to Ballina Library at 096 70833.


13th November: Taking Care of Your Mental Health - Castlebar Library

How good are you at taking care of your mental health? What are the main signs of stress? How can we all be more resilient? What is mindfulness? What you can do each day to care better for yourself? Occupational psychologist Paul Marsden will deal with these questions and more in this Healthy Ireland at Your Library talk. Admission is free and all are welcome. For enquiries, contact Castlebar Library at 094 9047940.

Thursday, November 7, 2019: Launch of new book - Michael Murphy's Collected Poems - Castlebar Library

You are invited to the launch of Michael Murphy’s Collected Poems in the Mayo County Library, John Moore Road, Castlebar, on Thursday 7 November 2019, at 7.30pm. The launch will be performed by author and poet, Seán Lyons, of Listowel Writers’ Week. A poetry reading telling the stories behind the poems will be given by the author and presenter Ciana Campbell, followed by an audience Q&A and signing. 7.30 – 9.30pm, admission free and all are welcome.

Wed. 4th December, 2019 : Ballyhaunis Book Club - Castlebar Library

Interested in books and reading?  If so, come along to Ballyhaunis Book Club for an informal gathering of like minded book lovers.

The book selected for discussion at the December meeting which will be held in Ballyhaunis library, is The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor.

Thursday, October 3: Home Education Information Evening
- Castlebar Library

Come along and find out what home education entails, and whether or not it might suit your family. All welcome and admission is free.

August 17 - 22: Heritage Week Exhibition & Talk at Ballinrobe Library - Ballinrobe Library

To mark Heritage Week (which runs from August 17-25), the Ballinrobe Historical Society exhibtion -- "Women of Ballinrobe" -- will be launched at 11.30am on Saturday, August 17, and will run during library hours (see here for Ballinrobe  Library details) until Thursday, August 22. The exhibition has been curated by Averil Staunton. Also on Saturday, Steve Dolan from the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, will talk about 18th century newspaper reports from County Mayo. There will be booklets on sale.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019: The Six Marys - Ballina Library

Join writer and actor Jean Farrell for her comical, yet poignant, look at life in Ireland from 1950s childhood to the present day. Featured as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019: The Six Marys - Castlebar Library

Join writer and actor Jean Farrell for her comical, yet poignant, look at life in Ireland from 1950s childhood to the present day. Featured as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

Friday, September 21: Culture Night Variety Concert - Ballina Library

An evening of song, music, storytelling, poetry & variety celebrating Irish lore and legends with Billy Teare and Kathleen O'Sullivan. An evening to entertain and delight all ages. Free admission. All welcome.

Tuesday, September 11: Patricia Byrne, author, at Ballina Library - Ballina Library

Patricia Byrne, author of  "The Preacher & the Prelate: The Achill Mission Colony & the Battle for Souls in Famine Ireland" will speak at Ballina Library. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Closed Sat 2nd June, June - reopen Tues 5th June, 2018: June Bank Holiday Closing details - Mayo Libraries


Sat 17th March, 2018: Library closing details St. Patrick's Day - Mayo County Library

Mayo County Library will be closed on Saturday 17th March, 2018 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. All libraries will re-open at normal opening hours on Tuesday 20th March, 2018.

25th August, 2017: Folklore Talks in Mayo Library - Mayo Libraries

Find out how you can contribute to the preservation of Ireland's cultural heritage. Transcribe folklore from the 1930s with Meitheal Dú and record minor placenames with Meitheal As part of Heritage Week, Mayo library is holding a series of talks on the national school folklore and placenames collections in four of our branches.The lectures will be by Dr Hugh Rowland of DCU and all are welcome.  Westport Library @ 10.15-11.00am, Castlebar Library @ 11.45-12.30pm, Swinford Library @14.00-14.45pm, Ballina Library @ 15.45-16.30pm

Contact your local library for details: Christmas Closing 2017 - Mayo County Library

Mayo County Library will close for the Christmas season from Friday 22th Dec., 2017 @ 5.00pm and re-open on Tuesday 2th Jan., 2018. Please contact your local library for individual differences.  Seasons Greetings to all our customers. Nollaig shona dhaoibh go léir.

28th Sept 2017 until further notice: Library email unavailable temporarily - Mayo County Library

The Mayo Library email is currently unavailable due to IT difficulties.  We are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvience caused.  Please check for alternative contact information.

Thurs. 20th July, 2017: Little Gem Puppets with Carmel Balfe - Crossmolina Library

Crossmolina Library plays host another fun filled and exciting puppet show from Little Gem Puppets and Carmel Balfe.  The library is hosting 2 performances of this highly entertaining show beginning at 12 noon with the second starting at 1.00pm.  Suitable for children up to 8yrs and FREE admission. Registration is required.

16th June - 14th July, 2017: Tracing the Sublime ~ an exhibition of paintings and photography depicting areas along the Wild Atlantic Way - Ballina Library

Tracing the Sublime is an exhibition of paintings and photographs by local artist Charlotte Lavelle depicting areas along the Wild Atlantic Way

Inspired by walking in rural and coastal  areas along the Wild Atlantic Way, Charlotte's work endeavours to expose the beauty and nature of place, exploring gestural and panoramic compositions. Through paint and mark making she looks at ways to represent landscape using a scroll or canvas as a surface.

27th June, 2017: Self-Publishing Seminar, Ballina Library - Ballina Library

An exciting seminar on self-publishing for anyone with an interest in writing or just an idea for a book.  Based on his recently published book Self-Publishing for Success; every book deserves to be published, Alex Blackwell will provide insights into today’s new and exciting self-publishing world. He will give a taste of what may or may not work for an author and also provide tips on what it takes to successfully self-publish a book. This event is Free and all are welcome

Mon 12th June, 2017: Strolling Through Ulysses! by Robert Gogan - Castlebar Library

Bawdy, irreverent and great fun, Strolling Through Ulysses! by Robert Gogan unlocks Joyce's masterpiece, bringing the characters to life and unravelling the mysteries. So take a deep breath as you travel on this whistle-stop tour through Ulysses with all the fun and laughter which is the backbone of this extraordinary and iconic novel. Admission is free.
Over 16's only.

Sat., 27th May, 2017: Children of Lir Festival event - Granny and the Salmon of Knowledge - Belmullet Library

As part of the Children of Lir family festival , Belmullet library will host a puppet show with Little Gem Puppeteer Carmel Balfe. Bring the children along to hear and see the fantastic folklore story of Granny and the Salmon of Knowledge. This is a free event and all are welcome. Bring the children along to hear and see the fantastic folklore story of Granny and the Salmon of Knowledge. Check out Mayo Library on Facebook for more details

Sat 15th April, 2017: Bee Creative in Ballina - Jackie Clarke Collection Ballina

Ballina will be buzzing on Easter Saturday and the centre of this hive of activity will be the Jackie Clarke Collection. Bee Creative in Ballina is a fun-filled family day to celebrate our wild bees. There will be creative workshops, displays, music, food, competitions, face-painting, an Easter egg hunt, and more. And a Bee in your Bonnet competition with a prize for the person wearing the most creative Easter costume. All events are free and all are welcome.

Mon. 13th Feb., 2017: How To Be Creative with Michael Atavar - Castlebar Library

What do you need to be creative? How do you get good ideas? Where do you start? You can get help with the challenge of creativity in a one-off talk in Castlebar Library on Monday February 13th. Whether you are working in business or teams, or just looking to be more creative this talk will help you to locate the good idea.

Michael Atavar has worked as a course leader at The Tate and The School of Life, teaching people different ways of being creative - “He has the rare ability to be both inspiring and practical when working with you; stimulating a passion for creativity in a nurturing and supportive way.” Miles Hanson

At this event he will be presenting his ideas and signing copies of ‘Better Magic’.

All welcome. Entrance is free.

Sat. 21st January 2017: Back in Balance - Castlebar Library

A free information talk "Back in Balance" based on the Alexander Technique. Learn practical take away skills,

This is a FREE information session and all welcome.

Tues. 1st Nov., 2016: Roald Dahl 100 - Belmullet Library

In conjunction with Áras Inis Gluaire, you are invited to help Belmullet Library celebrate Roald Dahl 100 with an afternoon of Storytelling, Roald Dahl's wonderful film Matilda, an exciting Prizegiving event, and Fancy Dress is optional!.  Competition packs now avaialable from the Library and Áras Inis Gluaire

Launch: Friday, September 30 at 2pm / Runs until the end of November: Art Exhibition - Anthony McHugh - Achill Sound Library


Art exhibition launch in Achill Sound Library on Friday 30th September at 2:00pm by local artist Anthony McHugh.  The exhibition will run until end of November and all are most welcome. Please remember to wear your Mayo Jersey on the day to show support for Mayo Team on Saturday.

Oct 29th Bank Holiday 2016: Oct. Bank Holiday closing details - Mayo County Library

Mayo County Library's full time libraries will close on Fri. 28th Oct @ 5.00pm and reopen on Tues. 1st Nov. @10.00am 2016.   AS OPENING HOURS VARY BETWEEN LIBRARIES PLEASE CONTACT INDIVIDUAL LIBRARIES FOR LOCAL VARIATIONS OR CHECK WITH LIBRARY HEADQUARTERS.

Wed Sept 19th 2016: The Lesser Bohemians Book Launch - Castlebar Library

Join us for the launch of Eimear McBride’s eagerly awaited second novel – The Lesser Bohemians – at Castlebar Library. McBride, who lived in Castlebar as a teenager and attended Davitt College, has already launched the book in London and Australia, with a New York launch also on the cards. The Irish launch of the book will take place at Castlebar Library on Wednesday, September 14, at 8pm. All are welcome to attend, and The Castle Bookshop will be selling books at the event. McBride will also launch the inaugural Castlebar Wild Atlantic Words festival in Castlebar Library on the same evening.

Thurs 21st July, 2016: World Tales with Niall de Búrca - Crossmolina Library

Grab your seat and hang on tight, Niall de Búrca will be performing at the Crossmolina Festival on Thursday July 21st at 12.00 noon and 2.30pm!! More dangerous than the pied piper, de Búrca will cast a spell on young and old alike. Join him as he conjures up a feast of tales from across the world.  Raised in the west and now living in Dublin, Niall travels worldwide performing in theatre, on telly, radio and at festivals. Using his voice with a craftman’s skill, de Búrca shares great tales with tremendous energy, judgement and superb timing.  He makes listening and watching him an unforgettable experience.

Begins June 23 to end of August: Summer Stars Reading Adventure - Castlebar, Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Westport, Kiltimagh and Crossmolina

The Summer Stars reading adventure will run at Mayo County Library branches. All children welcome! Each child who registers for the adventure at their local library chooses books to read during their summer holidays.  They will receive a Summer Reading Card to record their progress along the way and a library reward stamp will be added to their reading card at the library after each book read.  Children will be encouraged to continue reading throughout the programme.  At the end of the adventure, all children who participated are invited to attend an award event at which they will be presented with their award certificate. 

11th June - 8th July 2016: 'A Little bit of This, A Little Bit of That' - An open exhibition of oil paintings by Trisha Slowey - Ballina Public Library

'A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit of That' - An open exhibition of oil paintings by Mayo artist Trisha Slowey in Ballina Library

Mon. 13th June, 2016: : The Human Library where everyone has a story to tell - Castlebar Library

The Human Library - don't judge a Book by it's cover, especially if they can talk. Imagine a library where books are people, reading is a conversation and everyone has a story to tell. A worldwide movement, the Human Library facilitates conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.  A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. Come and meet a HUMAN BOOK.

May 28th, 2016: Children of Lir Storytelling - Balmullet Library

As part of the Children of Lir Festival, Belmullet library will host a story telling event with story tellers Billy Teare and Kathleen O’Sullivan.  Billy and Kathleen are regulars performers at various children's book festivals and never fail to entertain and delight audiences of all ages with their folktales, myths & legends. This event is suitable for children of all ages and there is no admission fee.  All welcome.

Every Thursday during May, 2016: Start Your Family History - Castlebar Library

For those who do not have the internet, Castlebar Library will provide free copies of the census returns of 1901 and 1911. These records provide details of all persons in each household at that time. This is the ideal way to begin building your family tree. A free copy of a local history book will be given to the first twenty people to use this service.  You must visit the library as no telephone queries will be taken.

4th May, 2016: Universal Basic Income, Castlebar Library - Castlebar Library

A Global Human right: basic income. A lively discussion with Guest Speaker Anne Ryan outlining the concept and principles of the human right to a Universal Basic Income.  Please come along and join the debate and bring your neighbour along with you!  Further information, check out Basic Income Ireland,

Runs until April 22nd 2016: Exhibition explores women's role in 1912–1922 events - Castlebar Library

A fascinating exhibition on the women who fought for Irish independence has just been launched in Castlebar Library. The exhibition, highlights as it says “What did the women do?” through the stories of Cumann na mBan and the role of women in the cultural, literary and ultimately political revival of the decade from 1912 to 1922.  It tells the story of Mayo’s Kathleen Lynn, one of the most senior officers in the 1916 Rising and Nurse Elizabeth O Farrell the women who delivered the 1916 surrender with Pearse and shows how the formation of Cumann na mBan was a vital step in the empowerment of women

April 6th to April 29th, 2016: Modern Wife, Modern Life Exhibition - Westport Library

This exhibition, curated by Ciara Meehan, covers several themes: the growth of women’s magazines; advice for newly-married wives; beauty and presentation; the Housewife of the Year competition; new technologies and the home; women behind the wheel; and wives who work.

Manuals on how to be a good wife had been widely available in Ireland at the start of the twentieth century, but with the emergence of new technologies, the advice extended to newly married women and housewives began to change in the 1960s.

Current: 1916 commemorations, Westport Library - Westport Library

Westport Library is currently displaying an original poster, published by the Mayo News in 1916, advertising a fundraising concert for equipment for the Irish Volunteers which was held in Westport Town Hall on the eve of the Easter Rising. Also on display are a dozen newspaper front pages from the days of the 1916 Easter Rising. In addition to these exhibits is a photographic portrait of Thomas Derrig, a native of Westport who went on become a government minister.

Mar 8th - Mar 22nd 2016: Seachtain na Gaeilge Old Irish Manuscript Exhibition - Castlebar Library

Mayo Co. Library is privileged to be the recipient of a collection of Irish poems, 47 in total, written in the early 1900’s by a man called John Gibbons (1865-1930’s), who immigrated to New York at the age of 16 where he had a career as a police Officer for 40 years.  John came from Hazelrock, Ayle, Westport and these poems which were handed down to his family, were kindly donated to Mayo Co. Library by his niece Annie King.

Monthly every third Wednesday: Kiltimagh Book Club - Kiltimagh Library

Interested in books and reading?  If so, come along to Kiltimagh Library for an enjoyable, informal discussion on all kinds of everything (usually the third Wednesday of the month @ 7:00pm).

The book selected for discussion at the November 24, 2018 meeting is The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.

Go to Kiltimagh Book Club for a full list of books read and discussed.

3rd December, 2015: Launch of Western Ways: Remembering Mayo through the Eyes of Helen Hooker and Ernie O'Malley by Cormac O'Malley - Castlebar Library

Western Ways, a new book edited by Cormac O'Malley and Juliet Christy Barrow is being launched in Castlebar Library on Thursday, December 3, at 7 pm. All are welcome. Cormac O'Malley's last visit to the library was for a talk he delivered on the life of his father, Ernie O'Malley, and now he's back to launch a collection of photographs by his mother, Helen Hooker

Saturday 7th November, 2015: Back in Balance with the Alexander Technique - Belmullet Library

A free educational talk about the Alexander Technique for Back Problems by Back in Balance teacher Michaela Wohlgemuth.  Learn practical take away skills - back, neck and shoulders, stress management, improve posture, increase flexibility.

Wed 11th Nov., 2015: Children's Storytime - Foxford Library

The next Children's Storytime is planned for Wed.11th November at 4.30pm. The sessions are suitable for under 7s and will last approx 30 minutes. It is hoped to run storytime once a month.

16th September - 26th September 2015.: Mr. Yeats visit to Killala - a retrospective exhibition celebrating Killala's connection to W.B. Yeats - Ballina Library

An exhibition which celebrates the influence of Killala, its people and events on William Butler Yeats is now showing in Ballina Library. The exhibition consists of the travelling exhibition of “Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats” produced by the National Library of Ireland and personal Yeats related items collected by Yeats enthusiast Hugh Trayer.

19ú Meán Fómhair / 19th September 2015.: Oíche Chultúir 2015 i Leabharlann Bhéal an Átha / Culture Night 2015 in Ballina Library - Leabharlann Bhéal an Átha / Ballina Library

Ceiliúradh ar an nGaeilge a bheidh in Oíche Chultúir 2015 i Leabharlann Bhéal an Átha. Cuirfidh an leabharlann fáilte chroíúil roimh Manchán Magan agus Diarmuid de Faoite don oiche speisialta seo.

Culture Night 2015 at Ballina Library is a celebration of the Irish language.   The library will welcome Manchán Magan and Diarmuid de Faoite to Ballina Library for a special Culture Night celebration.

16th September, 2015.: Ireland's Butterflies - an illustrated talk by Dr. David Nash - Ballina Library

Dr David Nash, co-author of 'Ireland's Butterflies - a Review', a beautifully illustrated comprehensive review of all 35 species of butterfly breeding in Ireland, will present an illustrated talk on Ireland's butterfly fauna as part of the Mayo Naturalists’ Field Club's Autumn Programme of Events in Ballina Library

Sat. 12th 2015: A Blueprint for a Better Back based on the Alexander Technique - Westport Library

People turn to the Alexander Technique for help for many different reasons. In the hundred years or so that it's been around, the Technique has helped people with back pain, scoliosis, respiratory problems, speech problems, and balance issues. It has helped athletes rehabilitate themselves from injuries and performers refine their craft. There are many reasons why a person might be drawn to the Alexander Technique. Not least of these is for the simple joy of the Technique itself. Presented by 'Back in Balance' certified teacher Michaela Wohlgemuth

17th July - 4th August, 2015: Wildlife in Mayo - Crossmolina Library

As part of Crossmolina Community Festival 2015 and as a partner to our hosted talks by staff from Ballycroy National Park, Crossmolina Library windows are displaying a photography exhibition - 'Wildlife in Mayo' during festival week.

Fri. July 24th 2015.: Wildlife Storytime - Crossmolina Library

Children's storytime with a wildlife theme facilitated by expert staff from the Ballycroy National Park. Promises to be both informative and great fun! Contact the library for full details. Admission free

7th-8th July 2015: Pop up Museum from the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio - Ballina Library

Calling all radio enthusiasts....  A pop up museum from the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio will be in Ballina Library on Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th July. Come along and discover Ireland’s long and historic tradition of radio communication from the museum’s curator Pat Herbert and view some selected items from the museum’s vast collection of radios, gramophones and other radio-related paraphernalia .

Thursday 28th May,: Bealtaine na nGael with Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin - Mayo County Library

Join writer and musician Tadgh Mac Dhonnagáin for Bealtaine na nGael, a session of Irish song, rhyme and folklore for older people.

Bígí linn ar bhóithrín na smaointe!

Select highlighted link above for full details

Sat. 23rd May, 2015: Féile Clann Lir, - Belmullet Library

As part of Féile Clann Lir, Belmullet Library will be having a storytelling folklore adventure with Colm de Bháldraite. Why not bring the children along for a mythical afternoon of Ceol, Craic agus Spraoí.  All welcome and no admission fee.

May 20th & 21st & May 29th 2015: Bealtaine Events in Westport Library - Westport Library

As part of the Annual Bealtaine Festival Westport Library is hosting a series of FREE events celebrating creativity as we age.

Select highlighted link above for full details

Wednesday 13th May,: An Evening of on-line Bridge Playing - Ballina Public Library

Do you play bridge? Have you ever considered playing it on-line? Well now is your chance. Come along and find out how it's done

Mon. 25th May 2015: An evening of poetry & stories by the Ballinrobe Active Retirement 'Writers Group' - Ballinrobe Library

The Ballinrobe Active Retirement 'Writers Group' are hosting an evening of poetry and stories in the library

on Monday 25th May from 6.00pm till as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

Thurs. 12th Mar., 2015: Seachtain na Gaeilge events - Westport Library

Westport Library plays host to a wide and varied selection of events for “Seachtain na Gaeilge” including 


Thursday, 7th May,: Poetry Day Ireland 2015 - Ballina Public Library

Join us in Ballina Library on Poetry Day Ireland 2015

Sat., March 7th 2015: Alexander Technique - Westport Library

This talk on the Alexander Technique will outline the benefits of the technique in relation to back problems.  For more details contact Micheala on 087 7556558. The talk is FREE and all welcome.

Sat. 21st Feb., 2015: Mary Robinson's Archive exhibition, Ballina Library - Ballina Library

You are invitied to the launch of Giving Voices, an exhibition of selected pieces from MARY ROBINSON'S Archive. Presented by the Mary Robinson Centre and curated in collaboration with Varvara Shavrova. The exhibition runs until 31st October, 2015 and admission is free


Wed. 7th Jan., 2015: Mayo Healthy Reading Scheme launched - Ballina Library

The Mayo Healthy Reading Scheme was recently launched at Ballina Library.  This joint initiative by the HSE and Mayo County Council Library Services aims to promote the availability of a wide variety of self help books on a range of common psychological, emotional and parenting issues.  Read more ....

Fri 16th Jan., 2015: "Ernie O'Malley (1897-1957): A Life Beyond the Pale" – an illustrated talk by his son Cormac O Malley - Castlebar Library

Cormac O'Malley will reflect on his Castelbar-born father, Ernie O’Malley, and his role not only as an active IRA commander in the Irish War of Independence but on his subsequent cultural interests in his writings in the United States, poetry, and upon his return to Ireland his acclaimed War of Independence memoir, as well as his art criticism, photography, military history, literary journalism, art collecting, folklore and farming in County Mayo.  When released from prison he spent two years in Europe and seven years in the United States and Mexico (1928-1935) before returning to Ireland with his American wife, Helen Hooker of Connecticut.  


Begins Jan., 2015: Free Computer Classes - Foxford Library

Age Action is running beginner computer classes for the over 55’s in Foxford Library beginning January 2015. The beginner classes are for older people who have little or no computer experience, including those terrified of computers! The classes are taught on a two-to-one basis by a volunteer tutor. The course is free of charge and if you are interested in participating please contact 091 527831.

Sat. 13th Dec., 2014: World War 1 Exhibition, Foxford Library - Foxford Library

The Foxford World War 1 Memorial Committee in association with the Mayo Library Service launches a World War 1 Exhibition in the Foxford Library on the 13th December.  The exhibition will explore aspects of that tragic conflict and will also focus on the former members of the Foxford and District communities, who fought, died and survived. All are invited and we look forward to meeting you there.

Closes Tues. 23rd Dec. 2014 - reopens Fri 2nd Jan., 2015: Christmas and New Year closing details - Mayo County Library


Fri 12th Dec., 2014: Christmas Story Time, Belmullet - Bellmullet Library

Belmullet Library will be having a Christmas Story time on Friday 12th Dec at 4pm. Why not bring your little ones along to hear some wonderful festive stories. All welcome, No admission fee.

If you have any queries  please contact Kate on 097 82555 or or call into the library.


Nov., 2014: Excellence in Local Gov Award 2014 for Mayo Library - Mayo Library

Mayo County Library scoops Library of the Year category at the 2014 Excellence in Local Government awards sponsored by Chambers Ireland. The award was for our Mayo Musical Instrument Lending scheme which allows anyone in the county to go into their local library and borrow a musical instrument for six months. The scheme is run by the library and funded by Music Generation Mayo, a partnership set up by Mayo Arts Office.

Tues 28th October, 2014 : Spooky Story Time - Belmullet Library

Ghost stories, scary stories and spooky tales to help get everyone in the Halloween mood - all welcome and free to all.  FANCY DRESS OPTIONAL!

30th Oct., 2014: The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed information roadshow - Castlebar Library

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed are holding an information roadshow in Castlebar Library.  This event will provide an opportunity for Jobseekers and members of the general public to ask questions on entitlements, education, training and back to work options as well as other incentives, programmes and schemes. This timely event will also give individuals the opportunity to ask us about how the Budget has affected them.

Also don't miss out on the opportunity to pick up a FREE copy of the INOU’s flagship publication Working For Work which includes comprehensive information on a wide range of welfare rights related topics. 


Sat. 13th Sept., 2014: Launch Liam Lyons Photographic Collection - Hotel Westport, Westport, Co. Mayo

You are cordially invited to the official launch  of the Liam Lyons Photographic Collection by: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D.

Culture Night 2014 : Friday 19th September,: ‘The Craic was good in Cricklewood :Songs and Stories of the Men Who Built Britain’ - Ballina Public Library

At 8pm on Culture Night, Ultan Cowley, author of ‘The Men who built Britain – a History of the Irish Navvy’ will present his one man show ‘The Craic was good in Cricklewood : Songs and Stories of the Men Who Built Britain’’ in Ballina Library. The show, a multimedia presentation, is a stirring blend of pictures, songs of the navvie’s heyday and anecdotes of life on site and in the pubs, bed-sits and dancehalls of Kilburn, Camden Town and anywhere the Irish congregated in Britain.

Running until the end of August 2014: Exhibition of World War 1 memorabilia, collected by members of the Mayo Peace Park Committee - Castlebar Library

This comprehensive exhibition features many interesting memorabilia items from World War 1 as well as contemporaneous press coverage from local and national newspapers at the time.

22nd August - 13th September 2014 - : ‘Lest we Forget’- Ballina Comrades of the Great War Commemorative Exhibition - Ballina Public Library

In this the centenary year of the outbreak of World War 1 and as part of National Heritage Week 2014, Ballina Public Library, remembers in exhibition form, the brave men who went off to fight and in particular the 159 men from the town who lost their lives in the Great War. We also remember those who survived, the families who were left behind and the war memorabilia that is their legacy.

Thursday July 24th: The Launch of Terry Reilly's new book ‘Ballina: One Town, Three Wars & More : 1880-1923’ - Ballina Public Library

Terry Reilly will launch his new book ‘Ballina: One Town, Three Wars & More : 1880-1923’ in Ballina Library on Thursday 24th July 2014 at 8pm

The new book covers the town from circa 1880 to 1923 and is a superb social history of Ballina as it emerged from the grips of landlordism and into troubled times… then forward with new hope.

1st - 3rd August, 2014: Mayo WW1 Commemoration Events - Castlebar Library

Mayo County Council in association with the Mayo Peace Park Committee are marking the 100th Anniversary of World War One with a weekend of events over the August Bank Holiday- public exhibition, public lectures and a special Anniversary Commemoration event. Select link above for full details


26th June 2014,: The Year of the French 2013 - Bliain na bhFrancach - A Photographic Documentary - Ballina Library

As part of the 2014 ‘In Humbert’s Footsteps’ Festival, Killala Historical Re-Enactment Group & Ballina Public Library are pleased to host 'The Year of the French 2013 - Bliain na bhFrancach - A Photographic Documentary' by Michael McLaughlin with a diorama of ‘The Races of Castlebar’ by Colmán Ó’Raghallaigh & Pat Gleeson in Ballina Public Library for the duration of the festival. The exhibition will be launched on Thursday 26th June at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday 5th June: Information Event by Work4You, part of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland - Ballina Library

Work4You is a post brain injury vocational assessment service, part of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Approximately 13,000 people suffer from a head injury in Ireland every year. This often results in a dramatically altered life at home, in work or in social settings.

Work4You provide a service for people who have an acquired brain injury (ABI) and who want to return to work, training or education. Work4You also provides essential ABI information and education for employers, tutors and trainers who are supporting people affected by an ABI.

 If you would like to know more about the service come along to the information event where members of the Western team of Work4You will be in attenance to answers any questions you may have.

Wednesday, 4th June: Mayo County Council Writer in Residence, Diarmuid de Faoite reading in Ballina - Ballina Library

Mayo County Council 2014 Writer in Residence, Diarmuid de Faoite will give a reading in Ballina Library on Wednesday 4th June at 7pm.

Diarmuid is a well known writer, storyteller, lecturer but perhaps best known for his acting in TnaG productions like Rós na Rún or Corp & Anam.

This is a bi-lingual event. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Seo ócáid dhátheangach. Tá cead isteach saor in aisce  agus béidh fáilte roimh gach éinne.   

Friday 30th May: Information Event on the upcoming 'In Humbert's Footsteps' Festival in Ballina - Ballina Library

A public information evening will take place in Ballina Library to discuss the upcoming 'In Humbert's Footsteps' Festival which takes place in Ballina 25th - 29th June.

Also, on the evening,  historian & author Stephen Dunford will speak on the events of 1798 in Ballina and the significance of the arrival of the French to Mayo. Stephen was a driving force behind last year's award winning 'In Humbert's Footsteps' Gathering event in Mayo and will also discuss his experience of that. 

6-8 June: An Béal Binn - Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet

Events include poetry, readings, spoken word, workshops, open mic.

Thursday May 15th : 'THE Golden Era of Céilí Music and Dance, 1955 - 1970' with Brian Lawler - Castlebar Library & Ballina Library

'THE Golden Era of Céilí Music and Dance, 1955 - 1970 is coming to Mayo Libraries this Bealtaine.

Mr. Brian Lawler, founder of the Ardellis Céilí Band will give a presentation about the Golden Era of Céilís and Céilí music in Castlebar Library at 3pm & Ballina Library at 8pm on Thursday 15th May 2014 .

The event promises to be an entertaining one. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Further information may be obtained by contacting the library directly.


Tuesday 13th May & Wednesday 14th May 2014: The Life and Music of Mayo born tenor John Feeney: an evening with Harry Bradshaw - Ballina Library & Castlebar Library

RTÉ producer Harry Bradshaw is credited with reviving interest in the musical talent of Swinford born tenor, John (Jack) Feeney. On Tuesday 13th May in Ballina Library and again on Wednesday 14th May in Castlebar Library, Harry will present an evening on the life and music of his famous Mayo tenor.

Tuesday 29th April 2014: Author Kate Kerrigan reads from her new novel 'The Lost Garden' - Ballina Library

New York Times best selling author Kate Kerrigan will visit Ballina Library on Tuesday April 29th at 8pm to read from her new book 'The Lost Garden'

15th April 2014: Author Anakana Schofield visits Ballina Library - Ballina Public Library

Ballina Library is delighted to host an evening with author Anakana Schofield on Tuesday 15th April at 8pm as she talks about her novel 'Malarky'

4th - 17th March, 2014: Seachtain na Gaeilge in Mayo Libraries - Mayo County Library

Seachtain na Gaeilge, the rather more than a week-long festival of events celebrating the Irish language, heritage, culture, and life, runs from March 4th to 17th.  It takes place on the first two weeks of March and it doesn't matter if you are a fluent speaker of just beginning to learn the language, give it a go! Events will take place across the county, involving music, film, theatre, talks, competitions, storytelling and more. Select link above for full list of events in Mayo libraries - but contact your local library to book in advance.

Until 28th Feb., 2014 : Coláiste Pobail Acla students winners in the B.T. Young Scientist Exhibition - Achill Library

Last month a group of Transition Year Students from Coláiste Pobail Acla took part in th B.T. Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin.  Their Project “The effects of using school chairs on teenagers’ backs and posture” won “The National Children’s Research Centre Award”. They also received a highly commended Rosette from the Biological and Ecological Section of the competition.

Continues until Feb 21st, 2014: Exhibition by Castlebar Artist, Eamonn MacAteer - Castlebar Library

An exhibition of the work of Castlebar born artist Eamonn MacAteer is currently on display in Castlebar Library. In 2013 the artist published his book Drawings of Days Gone By. The book represents a portfolio of his work over a forty year time span.  The drawings in this exhibition have varied subject matter. Mr. MacAteer explains ‘my subject matter has varied from puddles of water to Martello towers. My work has always focused on the historic. The majestic architecture of Kilkenny and the old outhouses of Cavan and the West of Ireland appeal to me equally’.

Thurs 13th Feb., 2014: Engineering in County Mayo - Castlebar Library

Presentations on local Engineering Projects by Mr. Pat McHale aimed at both primary and secondary school students.  This event is free but pre-booking is essential.  Please contact the event organizer, Mr. Pat McHale to reserve your place.

Wed Dec., 11th 2013: A reading from Best Loved Poems: Favourite Poems from the West of Ireland, edited by Thomas F. Walsh, Photography by Liam Lyons - Ballina Library

Thomas F. Walsh will read from this beautiful new book of well known poems from the West of Ireland and illustrated throughout with photography by retired professional photographer Liam Lyons.  They are largely childhood poems, of the kind learned in school and then half forgotten, and will bring back fond memories for anyone who grew up there. An evening of nostalgia and warmth and fond memories is promised and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Fri 6th Dec., 2013: Christmas Craic with Ward9Writers and Friends - Castlebar Library

You are invited to an evening of festive prose, mince pies and wine, carol singers and all things Christmassy. A great evening of Christmas Craic promised with Ward9Writers and friends. As usual this is a free event and we look forward to your company

November 1st, 2013: Children's Storytelling Afternoon - Achill Library

Iarnóín Scéalaíochta Acla: as part of Achill Tourism’s storytelling festival, Achill Library is the venue for a great afternoon of storytelling and fun. Fancy dress strongly encouraged and please bring your own cushion.

22nd & 23rd Oct., 2013: Spooky Storytime - Ballyhaunis Library

As part of Children's Book Festival, children from junior infant classes are invited to the SPOOKY STORYTIME in Ballyhaunis Library.  Each session will last about 45mins and booking is essential. 

Wednesday 30th October 2013,: The Lonely Dragon - A play for all the family - Ballina Library

The last dragon lives all alone on Mt. Nephin. He feels very lonely and as he watches some villagers from nearby prepare for a festival he decides to do something about it. See the story unfold.

Thursday October 31st, : Have your face painted for Hallowe'en - Ballina Library

To end the festivities for Children's Book Festival 2013 come along to Ballina Library and have your face painted for Hallowe'en

Saturday 19th October 2013,: Storytime for Children - What Happens next...... - Ballina Library

What better way to spend a Saturday morning than coming along to the library and hearing a story and finding out for yourself 'What happens next....'

October 2013: Events for Children's Book Festival - Castlebar Library

October is Children’s Book Festival month when we celebrate all things book- and reading-related.  As usual, we have arranged a varied programme of interesting, educational and fun events here at Castlebar Library to celebrate our favourite time of the year – and we’d like to take this chance to tell you about them. Please select the link above to see full details of our many events, including a puppet show, a pet show amongst others.

Mon. 21st Oct., 2013: Eurochild Moving Wor(L)ds Tour 2013 - Castlebar Library

The Eurochild Moving Wor(L)ds Tour comes to Mayo Libraries with a day of activities celebrating the multilingual mother-tongue Eurochild Anthology of Children’s Artwork and Poetry. The anthology includes the work of over 1000 young poets and artists from all over the world. Among the many activities planned for the day are workshops for local school children with poet Kathy D'Arcy and the Mayo Launch of the most recent edition of Eurochild Anthology. More details to follow.

Thurs 3rd Oct. 2013: Illustrator Sadie Cramer comes to Mayo Libraries - Ballinrobe & Claremorris Library

Sadie has been working as an arts facilitator with children for the past seventeen years and since illustrating Juliette Saumande's 'Chop Chop Mad Cap,' (Little Island), she's working on her own titles. She was selected by Children’s Books Ireland  to design the festival theme poster/brochure for this year’s CBF (October 2013) and her work with schools has been recognised by Baboró International Arts Festival for Children (their inaugural 'Above and Beyond' award 2011)

Wed, Sept 18th, 2013: Strumpet City & Social History by Dr. Caitriona Clear, NUI Galway - Castlebar Library

As part of Mayo Library's 1913 Commemoration events Dr. Caitriona Clear, NUI Galway, will deliver a lecture on Strumpet City and Social History. Free event and everyone welcome

Aug 27th - Sept 10th 2013: Old Street Photographs of Castlebar - Castlebar Library

A nostalgic look back at Castlebar through the lens of this selection of old street photographs taken from a number of sources including the Wynne & Valentine Collections.

September: The 1913 Lockout commemorated in Mayo - Mayo Library

The 1913 Lockout will be commemorated in Mayo in September by a series of exciting events. These range from free books to readings and lectures and a schools competition. Select the link above to view full list of events - all events are free and organised by the Council’s Commemoration Strategy Committee.

Tues. Aug 20th, 2013: "What's in Mayo?" Archaeological Workshop - Castlebar Library

"What's in Mayo?" is an archaeological workshop about sites and artefacts found by archaeologists working Mayo County Council. Free event and all welcome.

July 31st, 2013: Author Maura Mulligan reads from her book Call of the Lark - Westport Library

Call of the Lark, A Memoir by Maura Mulligan is an immigration story that contrasts the old world with the new.  In this powerful memoir Maura Mulligan takes us behind the walls of a Franciscan convent in the 1960s and brings alive a nun's story that is both revealing and redemptive. But Call of the Lark is much more. It is also a chronicle of life in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 50s, a testament to the challenges of emigration to the United States, and a portrait of one woman's strength and determination to forge a fulfilling life.

July 25th, 2013: Children's Wild Life Storytime - Crossmolina Library

Children's storytime with a wild life theme is facilitated by Ballycroy National Park staff and promises to be hugely entertaining, informative and great fun. Free event and everyone welcome.

Sat 6th July, 2013: Heart of Castlebar events by Mayo Library - Castlebar Street, Castlebar

Mayo County Library in conjunction with the Heart of Castlebar Festival presents a number of events:

5th July - 26th July, 2013: Mayo Landscapes Exhibition by Val McLoughlin - Ballina Library

Ballina Library will host an exhition of watercolour paintings by Val McLoughlin, Mayo Landscapes in July and all welcome to the exhibition launch on Friday 5th July @ 5.00pm

28th June - 5th July, 2013: The Delia Murphy Festival - Claremorris Library

As part of The Delia Murphy Festival, Claremorris Library will host the Delia Murphy exhibition, "If I Were a Blackbird" 28th June -5th July.  The exhibition will be launched by Dr. John Hegarty, former Provost of Trinity College on  Fri 28th June @ 7.00pm.   The library is also delighted to host a wonderful evening of singing - The Singing Sisters, Angela & Delia Murphy,  presented by Carmel Cullen, daughter of Angela on Sat 29th @ 5pm.

Wed. 3rd July 2013: Dream Discussion Class: the Art of Spiritual Dreaming - Ballina Library

Dreaming is an art.  Your life is a canvas.  Your are the artist.  Paint a more fulfilling life for yourself.  Your dreams are the secret to creating a mastepiece. Dreams are windows into worlds beyond the ordinary.  Dreams are an easy and natural way to pursue spiritual unfoldment.  Come along for a friendly and insightful chat about dreams and how they can help us in our daily lives.  Free event and all are welcome.

17th June, 2013 - 29th June, 2013: World Refugee Day Library Campaign - Castlebar Library

To recognise World Refugee Day, 20 June 2013, UNHCR Ireland (UN Refugee Agency) in partnership with over 120 libraries from 20 library networks across the country is running a book-reading campaign, starting the week of Monday, 17 June.

The campaign is to highlight books based on the experiences of refugees all around the world, be it in the form of fact, fiction, autobiography or photography, many of which are written by refugee authors.

Castlebar Library has a large range of these books on display to borrow, booklists and information regarding the status of refugees in Ireland and information about the UNHCR agency.

Thurs 13th June, 2013: An evening with Kate Kerrigan - Belmullet Library

Mayo County Library and Erris Book Club are delighted to invite you to an evening with Author Kate Kerrigan at Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet.

Kate Kerrigan is an author living and working in Ireland. Her novels include Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year in 2008, The Miracle of Grace, adapted as a film script and Ellis Island, the first of a trilogy selected as a TV Book Club Summer Read in Britain. Its sequel City of Hope was an instant bestseller and is due for publication in America by Harper Collins in 2013 with the final part of the Ellie Hogan trilogy, Land of Dreams also due out in Spring 2013.

Tues 11th June, 2013: Manchán Magan Bi-lingual Reading - Ballina Library

The 2013 Mayo County Council Writer in Residence Manchán Magan will give a bi-lingual reading in Ballina Library.  Admission is free and all welcome on the evening.

Scríbhneoir Cónaithe Mhaigh Eo 2013 Manchán Magan ag léamh in Leabharlann Bhéal an Átha, Dé Máirt 11 Meitheamh.  Fáilte roimh gach éinne agus cead isteach saor in aisce.

Thurs. Apr 25th 2013: Michael Longley in Louisburgh Library - Louisburgh Library

Michael Longley, born in Belfast and one of Ireland’s most distinguished and acclaimed poets, is author of over a dozen collections of poetry. He is winner of the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Hawthordon Prize, the TS Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry and also holds the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry as well as the Ireland Professorship of Poetry. Longley was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Come along to Louisburgh Library on Thursday April 25th for a rare opportunity to hear one of Ireland’s greatest living poets. Places are limited so come early. Reading starts at 7.30pm.

Monday Apr 22nd, 2013: Launch of the Music Generation Mayo Library Resource by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
- Castlebar Library

Castlebar Library Monday Apr 22nd - the place to be! All welcome for the launch of the new Music Generation Mayo Library Resource & County Community Forum Instrument Bank by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny @ 7.00pm. Great entertainment on the evening by the Killocraun Drummers and members of the Music Generation Mayo Traditional Ensemble

March, 26th 2013: New Swinford Library - Swinford Library

Mayo County Council, have opened a beautiful new library and cultural centre in Swinford. It is located on Station Road in the old railway station and comprises over 300 sq metres of library space plus a huge cultural centre which will house exhibitions, concerts, lectures and other events.

Check out the Photo Gallery of the opening of new Swinford Library

New opening hours and contact details

Tues. 5th March, 2013: Ballinrobe Book Club - Ballinrobe Library

Ballinrobe Book Club meets once a month in Ballinrobe Library but does not meet during the summer months of July and August.

The bookclub is an informal gathering of like-minded booklovers and all are welcome. The book chosen for next meeting in March is The Road Home by Rose Tremain

Fri 21st Dec., 2012: Carol Singing in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association - Castlebar Library

The annual Carol Singing will take place in Castlebar Library on Friday 21st Dec at 2.15 pm in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association.  Have a late lunch with mince pies and mulled wine and support a good cause. All welcome for what promises to be a wonderfully atmospheric and joyful occassion.

Fri 7th Dec., 2012: Christmas cheer with the ward9writers, Castlebar Library - Castlebar Library

You are invited to an evening of festive prose, mince pies and mulled wine, carol singers and all things Christmassy.

We look forward to you company!


Tues 4th Dec 2012: Tommy Fleming launches his autobiography 'Let Me Begin' - Castlebar Library

In 2012, following the unexpected death of both his parents, Tommy Fleming took a break from his musical career to evaluate his life and his music and to try to decide where his next steps would take him.  During this break from his music Tommy started to write an account of his life and his career. 'Let Me Begin' is the result. An enthralling read for Tommy Fleming fans, the book chronicles Tommy’s life with stories from his childhood, his family life and his musical career .

'Let Me Begin' will be launched by well-known Mid West radio presenter Tommy Marren and the Castle Bookshop and Mayo County Library are delighted to host the launch.

Nov 20th 2012: Talk on Placenames with Fiachra MacGabhann - Claremorris Library

Uncover the story of the landscape around you at this Talk on Placenames with Fiachra MacGabhann. There are  over 60,000 townlands in Ireland and over 3,000 of those are in Mayo, divided into 72 parishes. Placenames are an important archive of the county itself, that gives us an insight into the language, personal names, surnames, settlement paterns, ecclesiastical history and archaeology of an area.
Fáilte roimh gach éinne, especially those who have questions about placenames in or near their own townland.

Sat 10th Nov., 2012 : Children's author Judi Curtin visits Mayo - Westport Library

Judi Curtin, one of Ireland’s best loved and most popular children’s writers will pay a visit to Westport Library to read and talk about her work. Judi was born in London, and grew up in Cork. She has published seventeen books for adults and children, including the Alice and Megan series, and the Friends Forever series. Her most recent book, Leave it to Eva, was published in September 2012. Judi now lives in Limerick with her family. Judi will be in Westport Library at 3.00pm on Saturday November 10th and the event is free. All are welcome.

Sat Oct 20th, 2012: Carmel Uí Chellaigh launches her new children's book "Spidey" - Ballinrobe Library

Colmán Ó Raghallaigh will launch and celebrate the publication of Carmel Uí Cheallaigh’s first children's picture book as Gaeilge, “Spidey” in Ballinrobe Library. Carmel (née Maloney) is from Kilmaine and has had numerous short stories and articles published in “Ireland’s Own”,”Woman’s Way” and the “Bray Arts Journal”.  She was shortlisted in the Penguin/RTÉ Guide inaugural short story competition in 2010 and Carmel works as a Senior Librarian in Dundrum Library,Dublin

Cuirfidh Leabharlann Chontae Mhaigh Eo fáilte Uí Cheallaigh roimh chuile dhuine, idir óg agus aosta, ag an seoladh speisialta seo.

Entries by Sept 21st, 2012: Enter Inspiring Poetry Tree Competition - Mayo Library


Mayo County Council Arts Office, Library Service and Artsquad are delighted to celebrate All Ireland Poetry Day which takes place Thursday 4th of October 2012.  Mayo Artsquad are using their creative abilities to design a Poetry Tree.  We are looking to you for submissions of inspiring poetry to dress the tree. The poetry submissions can be an original poem or a favourite existing poem, the only requirement is that the poem has inspired you in some way. 

Poems should be marked Poetry Tree and can be handed in/posted/e-mailed to any Mayo Library or sent to Mayo County Council Arts Office by Friday 21st of September.

Thurs. Sept27th, 2012: Award winning poet Michael Longley to read Mayo Libraries - Louisburgh Library

Unfortunately this reading is cancelled due to a family illness

Born in Belfast, Michael Longley, one of Ireland’s most distinguished and acclaimed poets and author of over a dozen collections of poetry, will hold a reading in Mayo when he visits Louisburgh Library on Thursday September 27th. He is winner of the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Hawthordon Prize, the TS Eliot Prize, and the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry. He is holder of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry as well as the Ireland Professorship of Poetry.


16th July - 13th August: Martin Sheridan Exhibition - Castlebar Library

In keeping with the Olympic spirit, this exhibition celebrates the brilliant career of Mayo born athlete, Martin Sheridan (1881-1918) who won nine Olympic medals for the USA in the 1904, 1906 and 1908 Olympic Games.

There is also a display of Castlebar Parish Magazines which feature some of the towns best known personalities and public buildings on the front/back covers.

July and August 2012: Go For Gold - Ballyhaunis Library

This Summer throughout the months of July and August, Ballyhaunis Library will again run its popular Summer Reading Challenge.  This year's challenge is called Go For Gold and all the books included have a 'sports' theme. So why not call into the library and join a winning team.

Thurs., 26th July, 2012: "Call of the Lark" author Maura Mulligan visits the Library bookclub - Kiltimagh Library

Maura Mulligan, a Mayo native has just launched her memoir, 'Call of the Lark', at the Irish Consulate in New York. Her book tells the story of her life growing up in Aghamore in the 1940's & 50's and behind the walls of a Franciscan convent in the 1960s.The author will attend the Book Club in Kiltimagh Library to do some readings and everybody is very welcome.

Thursday 26th July 2012.: Storytime in Crossmolina Library - Crossmolina Library

Storytime for children aged 4 and upwards in Crossmolina Library on Thursday 26th July as part of the annual Crossmolina Community festival.

July & August 2012: Titanic Centenary Exhibition in Crossmolina Library - Crossmolina Library

Crossmolina Library hosts the Titanic Centenary Exhibition this July and August. The Exhibition looks at all aspects of the Titanic from its building in Belfast to its sinking in the Atlantic. A section of the Exhibition focuses on the fourteen people from Addergoole who boarded the ship at Queenstown, Co. Cork.

July & August 2012: Kids Summer Reading Challenge 2012 - Crossmolina Library

Join in the  Kids Summer Magic Reading Challenge in Crossmolina Library throughout July and August.

Mon 18th - Mon 25th June, 2012: Exhibition of Quilts - Ballyhaunis Library

As part of Refugee Week 18th – 24th June 2012 a beautiful and extremely colorful Exhibition of Quilts made by Women Asylum Seekers living in Ballyhaunis is on display. The exhibition has been facilitated by Carmel Balfe and Mayo Intercultural Action.


July & August, 2012: Magical Summer at Castlebar Library! - Castlebar Library

Looking for some magic or mystery this summer? Pop into Castlebar Library and pick up a form for the Summer Reading Challenge. We’ve got the books if you’ve got the time!

This summer, throughout the months of July and August, Castlebar Library will again run its popular Summer Reading Challenge.  To make things even more interesting – books on the reading list must have a magic or mystery theme.

Every child who participates will receive a special certificate and an invitation to a celebratory evening in the Library.

July & August: Summer Reading Challenge 2012 - Achill Library

The Children’s Summer Reading Challenge runs again this year in Achill Sound Library throughout the months of July and August. Every child must read a total of eight books, each book must be written by a different author.

Every child who completes the challenge will receive a special certificate and an invitation to a celebratory evening in the Library later in the year.


Tues 19th June - Sat 23rd June, 2012: World Refugee Day - Castlebar Library

No one chooses to be a refugee. This World Refugee Day, borrow a refugee book from your local library and show you care!

UNHCR Ireland asks people to take one simple action to show support to refugees, asylum seekers and those in need of international protection here in Ireland and around the world. What we are asking you to do is to read one of the many brilliant refugee books on display in Castlebar Library and then to tell the world about it using Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and even good old fashioned word of mouth. Tell your friends and get them to Do 1 Thing too! A stand of books, written by or about refugees, will be displayed in Castlebar library for one week around World Refugee Day from Tuesday 19th June to Saturday 23rd June, so get reading and spread the word.

28th May, - 9th June, 2012: Dickens at 200 – Exhibition - Castlebar Library

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of novelist, Charles Dickens, an exhibition is currently taking place in Castlebar Library. All his celebrated novels including various biographies and critical analysis of his work are included.

Wed. 23rd May, 2012: Reading by Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde - Castlebar Library

Mayo County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde as Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2012.  As part of the residency Eoghan will give a public reading of his work in Castlebar Library. This is a free event and all are welcome to come along on the evening. 


May 1st-May 5th, 2012 : From Kells to Kindle Exhibition - Castlebar Library

Anyone with a passing interest in books and book production over the centuries should be fascinated by a special exhibition - 'From Kells to Kindle' which will take place in Castlebar Library.  The exhibition is curated by a group of fourth year hons. Heritage students from GMIT, Castlebar, and is built around a selection of antiquarian books from the private collection of Sean Lysaght and his late father, Paddy. The Lysaght collection comprises a selection of rare books from the 16th to the mid-20th century.  Visitors will have a chance to learn more about many interesting aspects of the materials and techniques of book production used throughout the centuries
The exhibition will be launched on Tuesday, 5th MAy at 5pm in the Castlebar Library.

Wed. 25th April, 2012: Mayo G.A.A. in pictures, 1965-1968 - Castlebar Library

Talk by photographer Liam Lyons with 340 photographs from his collection covering four years of G.A.A in Mayo.  Liam will illustrate his talk with photographs of teams and action from both club and inter-county matches.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Every Monday in May: Bealtaine, Mondays in May - Mayo Libraries

Mondays in May – Open mornings in Castlebar and Ballina library. Come in any Monday in May and get a free library tour, hear about our services, learn how to research your local and family history and have a cup of tea and a chat with our staff.
Please book in advance 

Month of May: Getting Started, First Steps - Castlebar & Ballina Libraries

Getting Started’ ‘First Steps’ A basic computer course compliments of Age Action Ireland called ‘Getting Started’ for people over 55 will be held in Ballina and Castlebar Libraries during May.

The aim of the “Getting Started” programme is to introduce older people to the basics of internet and email. These classes are aimed at people with little or no previous computer experience.
This courses run during May and are free to over 55’s.

Please contact Niamh Hennelly on 091 527831 or  087 1956047 for details or to book a place

During May: Bealtaine, First Steps - Castlebar & Ballina Libraries

‘First Steps’-introduction to computers. Irish Rural Link are running computer courses for senior citizens during the month of May in Ballina and Castlebar Libraries.  The course called ‘First Steps’ covers internet training in sending returns on-line, e-mails and on-line shopping.

Dates: 1st, 8th & 15th May in Ballina Library
           16th, 23rd & 30th May in Castlebar Library

The courses are free and each session lasts two hours. Please contact Chrissy Casey on 090 6482744 for details or to book a place.

On display until April 26th: Titanic Exhibition - Castlebar Library

The centenary exhibition of the sinking of the Titanic includes many photographs and illustrations of the ship from its building in Belfast to its ending in the Atlantic. The exhibition demonstrates the ships splendour, luxury, comfort but also its vulnerability. It will also focus on the reasons why it sank in the Atlantic on its maiden voyage. A section of the exhibition is devoted to the fate of the fourteen people from Addergoole Parish who boarded the Titanic at Queenstown in Cork. Photographs as well as reports from the local newspapers of the time are used to portray the impact of the tragedy in Mayo.

Mar. 29th 2012: "Knock - And Still They Come" book launch by Mary Kennedy - Castlebar Library

Knock - And Still They Come, the latest book by retired parish priest Fr. Colm Kilcoyne examines the reasons why hundreds of thousands of pilgrims come to Knock every year.  This collection of essays and insights also includes the experiences of ordinary pilgrims to Knock as recorded in the shrine visitors' book, and an interview conducted with the late parish priest and Rector of Knock Shrine, Fr. Joe Quinn, shortly before his untimely death.The book will be launched in Castlebar Library by RTÉ Nationwide presenter Mary Kennedy. 

Fri Mar 17th & Mon. Mar 19th, 2012: Lá Fhéile Pádraig - Library closed - Mayo County Library

Mayo County Library will be closed for St. Patrick's Day, Friday Mar 17th & Mon Mar 19th 2012. Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

Fri. 9th March 2012: The Flame and the Candle' book launch in Castlebar Library - Castlebar Library

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will launch The Flame and the Candle - War in Mayo 1919 - 1924 by Dominic Price.

The myth that little or nothing happened in Mayo during Ireland’s fight for Independence will be dispelled forever with the launch of this major new work on the period. The Flame and the Candle is the story of the Mayo men and women who were active during the troubled period of the War of Independence and the Civil War, a story largely untold.  

The author, Dominic Price, is a teacher of history who grew up in Rathfarnham, close to Scoil Eanna. He often visited his grandparents who lived near Kilmainham Jail which sparked his interest in Irish history of this period. Click on event title to read more... 

5-17 March: Seachtain na Gaeilge in Mayo Libraries - Mayo Libraries

Seachtain na Gaeilge is a festival which celebrates the Irish language and culture. It doesn't matter if you are a fluent speaker or just beginning to learn the language, give it a go!

Feb., 25th 2012: Launch of 'El Nino' in Ballinrobe Library - Ballinrobe Library

El Niño is the debut crime novel from Ballinrobe writer – Mick Donnellan. Having had an immensely successsful year in the theatre for 2011, Donnellan’s artistic merits are now also being recognised in the fiction world. His most popular plays to date – Sunday Morning Coming Down, Shortcut to Halleljuah and Gun Metal Grey – have sold out across the country, inspiring excellent reviews and standing ovations from sell-out crowds.

Journalist Liam Horan will speak at the event and it will be followed by a reading from Mick and then a book signing.

27th Jan., 2012: New Library in Foxford Opens - Foxford, Co. Mayo

The new library in foxford is located on the corner of Lower Main Street and comprises a children's and adult lending area, a reference library, a local history section and a computer learning area.  It  includes a seating area for studying, research and homework and also an area for children's activities such as story hours and workshops. 
The library has a stock of over 10,000 books with the local history section containing books, journals, maps and tapes of every aspect of Foxford's rich heritage.  Other services include DVDs, audio books, music CDs, language courses, local newspapers and 3 computers providing free Internet access for library members.

Fri. 23rd Dec., 2011: Mayo Male Voice Choir Castlebar - Castlebar Library

Mayo Male Voice Choir will perform a festive and seasonal selection of song in Castlebar in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association. All are welcome at this wonderful Christimas event!

Thurs 8th Dec., 2011: Charity CD launch - Castlebar Library

Charity CD launch in Castlebar Library by Tommy Marren featuring Castlebar College of Further Education (CCFE) music students with their hit song 'Coming Home'! All Welcome! 

Nov 11th - Nov 13th, 2011: Rolling Sun Book Festival - Westport

After a highly successful festival in 2010, the Rolling Sun Book Festival line-up for 2011 includes journalist, adventurer & documentary maker Manchán Mangan, well-known cook Neven Maguire, plus a celebration of Yeats poetry and song by Nóirín Ní Riain and Mark Patrick Hederman.  The festival presents many more interesting and entertaining events -  check out The Rolling Sun Book Festival Programme 2011 for a full list of events

Oct 29th - Nov 5th 2011: Achill Storytelling Festival - Achill Library

A festival of storytelling events, drama workshops and activities including a 'Children's Story Writing Competition" open to children of all ages.  Can you write a story 500 - 1000 words long beginning with "I had just crossed the bridge at Achill Sound when...."  Check out Achill Storytelling Programme 2011 for full details. 

Fri Nov 4th: Launch of Tyrone's Struggle for Irish Freedom by Gerard Magee - Castlebar Library

Tyrone’s Struggle for Irish Freedom is a monumental new book that documents the troubles in that county in  full-colour. The author Gerard Magee, was a republican prisoner between 1988 and 1998, when he became a regular contributor from Long Kesh to the prison magazine An Glór Gafa/The Captive Voice.  This book chronologically documents the republican armed struggle (1970 to 1994) when there were approximately 1,500 IRA operations carried out within and around County Tyrone.

Fri 21st Oct., 2011: Buen Camino, a talk by author Peter Murtagh - Louisburgh Library

'A Night To Remember' - Author and journalist Mr Peter Murtagh whose book 'Buen Camino' was published earlier this year will talk and show slides about his book. 'Buen Camino' which is co-written with Peter's daughter Natasha is the story of their journey from Croagh Patrick to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Admission is Free, refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to what is expected to be a very enlightening and enjoyable evening.

Tues. 4th Oct, 2011: 'The Adventures of Pete' to be launched - Castlebar Library

A new childrens book ‘The Adventures of Pete’ will take place in Castlebar Library in October.  The author of this book is a retired primary school teacher Helena McDonagh from Charlestown, Co Mayo.  Helena over her career has written many stories for young children. She finally committed to print ‘The Adventures of Pete’ a story born from watching  birds in her back garden. The book is available in most book shops within the county.It is aimed at children in the four to seven age bracket.

Sept & Oct 2011: Inspired by the Secret Garden - Achill Library

Following a very successful showing in 'The Secret Garden' on Achill Island, a collection of embroideries by Wendy Kelly entitled “Inspired by the Secret Garden” is now on display in the library at Achill Sound.  The embroideries are interpretations of plants and flowers in the garden.  A wide variety of materials and techniques have been employed by the artist to create unique and interesting pieces.

Thurs., 6th Oct. 2011: Open Mic Poetry session for All-Ireland Poetry Day - Ballina Library

Calling all poets to Ballina Library to celebrate All-Ireland Poetry Day with an Open Mic Poetry session.  These sessions are a metaphor for freedom, an informal and extremely enjoyable evening of poetry. They're a place where your art can be presented to the public at large and all we ask is that poets come along on the night, read from their own original work and enjoy the work of others. The public are more than welcome too!

Thurs., 6th Oct. 2011: Poetry Snack workshops on All-Ireland Poetry Day - Castlebar Library

Poetry Snack workshops offer writers an opportunity to bring along a poem-in-progress for feedback.  Martin Dyar & Susan Millar DuMars will be at Castlebar Library from 3pm until 6pm to offer one to one responses to individual writers about their poems and to engage with whatever other queries they might have.

Fri., 23th Sept. 2011: International Folktales from around the World for Culture Night - Ballina Library

Storytelling is the oldest of the human arts and most likely began to pass the night around the fire.  While we won't have the fire as part of Culture Night 2011, Ballina Library invites children to an afternoon of folk tales from around the world.  Drop in and be entertained, hear about a different culture or just learn a new story

Runs until 30th Sept. 2011: The Royal Irish Constabulary: a Documentary Exhibition - Castlebar Library

Castlebar Library will mark Heritage Week August 20th to 28th with a documentary exhibition on the Royal Irish Constabulary.  The R.I.C. was the crown police force in Ireland from the early 19th Century up to 1922. The exhibition will focus on the activities of the force in the west of Ireland and will include original newspaper reports and illustrations, photographs and notes from police manuals of the time. It will also feature copies of original intelligence reports from County Mayo to Dublin Castle during the War of Independence.

20th - 28th August 2011: Fr. Browne Photographic Exhibition in Ballina Library - Ballina Library

Ballina Library is celebrating National Heritage Week 2011 with an exhibition of photographs from the Father Browne Collection, many of which have never been exhibited before.

Fr. Francis Browne (1880-1960), a member of the Jesuit Order journeyed throughoutIrelandin the 1930's capturing stunning images of the people and landscape of that time.  He is one ofIreland's most important documentary photographers amassing some 42,000 images during his lifetime.

19th July to 18th August 2011: Happy Birthday Mr Bob!! - Castlebar Library

Bob Dylan, music icon, popular songwriter, poet, celebrated his seventieth birthday on Tuesday 24th May. To commemorate this occasion Castlebar Library is delighted to host an exhibition of Bob Dylan memorabilia entitled 'Happy Birhday Mr. Bob!'. This collection has been generously loaned to the library by Liamy McNally.

July & August 2011: Summer Reading Challenge - Achill Library

The Children’s Summer Reading Challenge runs again this year in Achill Sound Library throughout the months of July and August.  Each child must read 4 books by a male author and 4 books by a female author, 8 books in total, and at the end of the challenge answer a question on one of the authors. Children under eight who participate can answer the question by drawing a picture. Everyone who completes the Challenge will be awarded a special certificate and will be invited to a celebratory evening in Achill Sound Library later in the year.

 For all details visit the library or contact Pauline in the library

Wed., 6th July, 2011: Mayo Volunteer Centre in Achill Library - Achill Sound Library

Mayo Volunteer Centre provides guidance and support for anyone wishing to volunteer and to any not-for-profit organisation that involves volunteers in their work. If you would like to volunteer or are a volunteer involving organisation that would like access to more volunteers and to find out about Volunteer Management Training, Mayo Volunteer Centre will be in Achill Sound library on Wednesday 6th July, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.   .

July 2011: Summer Reading Programme - Castlebar Library

It’s that time of year again – children are thinking longingly of their summer holidays and we at Castlebar Library are putting together our latest Summer Reading programme.This year we are running a Summer Reading programme for the month of July.

Thurs. 9th June, 2011: One Belmullet, One Book - Áras inis Gluaire, Belmullet

'One Belmullet, One Book 2011' is a new project in Erris, Co. Mayo which will get people in the community reading and talking about books.  The whole idea behind it is to encourage people in the same area to read the same book, at the same time, and have fun while they do it! It's an opportunity for they whole community to get involved in reading for pleasure.  The book in question is being kept top secret until the launch to make it more fun for people!!

14th June, 2011: Book launch of L'Auberge by Julia Stagg - Castlebar Library

Quelle horreur! The venerable Auberge des Deux Vallées has fallen into the hands of an English couple and that spells the end of gastronomic civilisation for the small commune of Fogas in the French Pyrenees.

The mayor is particularly incensed: he had intended his brother-in-law to take over. He determines to eject les rosbifs by any means possible, and before they have had the chance to serve their first pastis, Paul and Lorna are up to their eyes in French bureaucracy.

Chocolat meets Clochemerle in this heart-warming tale set in rural France.

Select the event title link above to read more.....

Thursday 28th April : Ceol agus Craic le Oisín Mac Diarmada - Claremorris Library

Oisín Mac Diarmada appears in Claremorris Library for an evening of ceol agus craic!

March, 2011: March Madness in Mayo Libraries - Mayo County Libraries

Mayo libraries will be busy places throughout the month of March. Library Ireland Week, Seachtain na Gaeilge and Bord Gáis Energy’s Rediscover Your Local Library campaign all run throughout the month meaning that Mayo Libraries will have something for everyone in March. And best of all practically all events are FREE!!!!

Read our full programme of events for Mayo Libraries March Madness!!

15th March 2011.: Bord Gáis Energy Rediscover Your Local Library presents Brent Pope at the Library. - Ballina Library

Brent Pope visits Ballina Library as part of Bord Gáis Energy Rediscover Your Local Library campaign.

5ú - 17ú Márta, 2011: Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2011 - Mayo County Libraries

Check out Mayo Libraries  Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2011 programme of events. Mar shampla is féidir leat faigh amach cén chaoi liathróidí a dhéanamh le balúin, plúr agus málaí plaisteacha...agus ansin faigh amach cén chaoi juggling a dhéanamh leo (for example you can find out how to make juggling balls with balloons, flour and plastic bags...and then learn how to juggle them)  

Dé Céadaoin 9ú Márta, 2011: Caint as Bheartas Teanga - CANCELLED - Leabharlann Chaisleán an Bharraigh

Tá taighde dochtúireachta déanta ag Laoise Ní Dhúda BA, MA (Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh) ar fheidhmiú an bheartais teanga i gceantar Gaeltachta trí mheán na heitneagrafaíochta. Sa chaint seo tabharfar léargas eimpíreach agus coincheapúil ar mhúnla Spolsky i leith an bheartais teanga (.i. cleachtas teanga, creideamh teanga, bainistíocht teanga) sa Bhreacbhaile.


Tuesday, 8th March 2011.: Dyslexia Association Of Ireland & Ballina Library host an Evening with Don Mullan - Ballina Library

North Mayo Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and Ballina Library will co-host an evening with Don Mullan, author & award winning humanitarian who was diagnosed with dyslexia in 1993.

Don will conduct a workshop for children with dyslexia from 6pm to 6.30pm and from 6.30pm -8pm will speak in an open session to the public about his life and his own very personal but courageous tale of how dyslexia effected him.

Thursday March 3rd in Castlebar, Thursday 31st March in Ballina.: Feeling Stressed? Coping in these difficult times with Kate Connon - Castlebar Library & Ballina Library

Feeling stressed? Just remember, there IS light at the end of the road during these challenging days.

Please take this survey: Bord Gáis Energy READISCOVER Your Local Library Survey - All libraries

As part of their work around the Bord Gáis Energy READISCOVER Your Local Library initiative, Bord Gáis Energy is conducting some research into libraries and what consumers understand about the services offered by libraries.  The survey will give an indication of what people think.

Bord Gais Energy Readiscover Your Local Library Survey

The survey results will be very helpful to Bord Gáis Energy as they seek to promote the READISCOVER campaign.

Wednesday March 2nd: 'If maps could speak' with Richard Kirwan - Castlebar Library

'If maps could speak' is an engaging combination of memoir, history and stories about people and places.

Feb. 8th - Feb. 25th: Monster Book Sale - Castlebar Library

Mayo County Library is currently holding a major book sale in Castlebar Library. Hundreds of books will be on sale ranging from popular paperbacks for as little as one euro to reference books and textbooks. This sale of old and excess stock provides a unique opportunity to pick up off-beat books or books or rarely seen titles at very cheap prices. Most subjects are covered – gardening, cookery, hobbies, history, travel, science and biography. Come along and pick up a bargain and all monies raised will go to charity.

Feb. 1st - 16th 2011: The Legend of the Ruhr - European Capital of Culture 2010 "Essen for the Ruhr" - Castlebar Library

“Essen for the Ruhr” has been designated the European Capital of Culture in 2010. In this exhibition, comprising more than 20 of Manfred Vollmer’s photographs, you will get to know a little about the Ruhr Metropolis. This is an urbane cityscape marked by its history in the mining and steel industries. It is an area that continuously reinvents itself. It is unfinished, inspiring and surprising. It is a metropolis in the making. The European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 is the engine powering this development.

The Legend of the Ruhr – European Capital of Culture 2010 “Essen for the Ruhr” will be launched in CastlebarLibrary on Tuesday 1st February at 6:00 pm and will run until February 14th.All are welcome.

10th to 29th January 2011: Fighting for Dignity: Jewish Resistance in Krakow. - Castlebar Library

This exhibition deals with the lives of Jewish individuals in Krakow from 1939 until the liberation of Krakow by the allied forces in 1945 .

4th, 8th & 11th Dec., 2010: "A Christmas Carol" performed by Stephen Doyle - Ballina Library

Stephen Doyle performs his one man show ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. This show is suitable for 7yr-olds and upwards and children must be accompanied by an adult


Dec. 3rd - Dec. 23rd 2010: An Exhibition of Christmas Past - Ballina Library

Ballina Public Library & The Jackie Clarke Collection present An Exhibition of Christmas Past in the 1st Floor Exhibition Room in Ballina Library. The exhibition is open during library hours and admission is free

Wed. 8th Dec., 2010: Launch of 'Healing Visions: First Aid for the Soul' by Kate Connon - Castlebar Library

Due to weather difficulties this event has been cancelled.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Kate Connon will read from her book in Castlebar library on the night the 8th Dec 2010. A wine and cheese reception will take place at 7.30pm folowed by the launch at 8:00. Music on the evening will be by Joanne Keegan. 

All royalties from book sales on the night will go to Mayo Woman’s Support Services, Castlebar.

Mon. 15th Nov., 2010: Senator David Norris speaks in Mayo Libraries - Castlebar Library

Senator, human rights campaigner and academic, David Norris is one of the most colourful characters in Irish public life. He is a former university lecturer and longtime member of Seanad Éireann. He is the founder of the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform and is a prominent member of the Church of Ireland. Norris represents the University of Dublin constituency in the Seanad as an Independent. He was first elected to the Seanad in 1987 and has been re-elected at each election since.

Thursday 11th November 2010: Fantastic Physics - Castlebar Library

Christine Campbell from Anyone4Science will present her Science Roadshow lecture on Fantastic Physics.

Wed., 10th Nov., 2010: Author Don Mullan launches specialized book collection for children with reading difficulties - Castlebar Library

Fresh from his recent interviews on RTE and Newstalk, author and award winning humanitarian Don Mullan, will be in Castlebar Library to launch a new specialized book collection for children with reading difficulties. These new specialized resources have been sponsored by Children's Book Ireland.  Don will speak of his own very personal but courageous tale of overcoming dyslexia.  

Don, born in Derry in 1956 was not diagnosed with dyslexia until 1993.  He tells a harrowing tale of his school days but also a story of inspiration and courage as he recounts how, despite his reading and writing difficulties, he pursued a career as a writer and investigative journalist.    

Sat. 13th Nov., 2010: Illustrated talk by internationally renowned artist P.J. Lynch - Westport Library

Internationally renowned illustrator and artist P. J. Lynch will deliver an illustrated talk on his work in Westport library on Saturday next November 13th at 2.00pm. The event which is part of the Rolling Sun Festival, is a once-off opportunity to meet this award winning artist.

Sept. 30th - Oct. 31st 2010: Children's Book Festival 2010 - Mayo Libraries

Children’s Book Festival is one of Ireland’s biggest arts festivals, with hundreds of free events celebrating children’s book  happenings nationwide in bookshops, libraries, schools, community and arts centres.

Mayo County Library is again running a full and fun-packed Festival, with local events including competitions, games and activities.  Please select Children's Book Festival Event Guide 2010 (requires Acrobat Reader - opens new window) for full event details.

Fri. 29th Oct., 2010: 'Kill your Television' Poetry Reading by Emer Davis - Achill Library

Emer Davis currently lives in Drogheda and works as a full time civil servant in Dublin.  This is her first collection of poems to be published.  Several of her poems have been published including Keel in Boyne Berries and Coming Home in Revival.  Kill Your Television explores love, passion, innocence, memories, family history, sorrow, loss and betrayal in a changing landscape from the rugged beauty of Achill to the urban decay of London and Dublin with vivid descriptions capturing snatches of human life.  Full of sensuous imagery we catch a glimpse, a moment, a lingering thought unfolding on the pages.  

Thurs. 30th September, 2010: Darren Shan visits Mayo County Library - Castlebar Library

Darren Shan begins his tour in Castlebar Library to launch his new title "Birth of a Killer", the first in the new Saga of Larten Crepsley. This is the first in a 4 book series about Mr. Crepsley's life before he meets Darren Shan at the Cirque du Freak.

7th October 2010.: All-Ireland Poetry Day 2010
Lá Filíochta Naisiúnta 2010 - Castlebar Library

Mayo County Arts Office and Mayo County Library present Anne Le Marquand Hartigan and John F. Deane reading from their work in celebration of All-Ireland Poetry Day 2010.

July and August 2010: Summer Reading Challenge - Castlebar Library

We have lift off! Castlebar Library is getting ready to launch children into orbit for an intergalactical adventure that will keep them reading throughout the school summer holidays....with the 2010 Summer Reading Challenge.


Wednesday, 9th June 2010. : Grow it Yourself Ireland Follow-up Evening - Ballina Library

Interested in growing your own food? Don't know where to start? Come along on Wednesday evening to the follow-up meeting of the GIY group for Ballina and find out how the group can help you help yourself!

14 June 2010 to 2 July 2010: Through a Swedish Lens: images of early twentieth-century Irish Life - Castlebar Library

"Through a Swedish Lens : images of early twenthieth-century Irish life" is a photographic exhibition from the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin.

Feb 1st - Feb 28th, 2010: Darwin, Praeger and the Clare Island Surveys - Castlebar Library

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, the 150th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Origin of the Species’ and the 100th anniversary of the first Clare Island Survey, the Royal Irish Academy presents an exhibition which aims to explore the work of Irish naturalists both in Ireland and abroad and the influence of Darwin on those whose collections are displayed here. The exhibition is supplemented by original material from Castlebar Library’s local studies collection and will run in the library during February.

Wednesday 23rd December 2009: Christmas Carols with the Mayo Male Voice Choir - Castlebar Library

The Mayo Male Voice Choir present a medley of carols to brighten up your day!

Nov 3rd, Nov 4th and Nov5th : eLearning at the Library Information Evening - Castlebar, Ballina and Swinford Libraries

Online Learning in Mayo Libraries: 

Mayo County Library is delighted to launch a joint project with FÁS to offer learning opportunities for adults in three libraries: Castlebar, Ballina and Swinford.  The project provides a range of online courses, which can be accessed in the library or from home, supported by a facilitator who will be available in the participating libraries.  The courses will help people gain new computer skills and build on existing skills.

Wednesday 23rd September to Wednesday 30th September 2009: Lost and Found: an exhibition of visual art - Castlebar Library

Lost and Found is an exhibition of visual art by recent graduates of the Art and Design Degree course GMIT Castlebar.

July and August: Be Adventurous @ the Library this Summer - Ballyhaunis Library

Be adventurous @ Ballyhaunis Library this Summer.  Join the Ballyhaunis Library Summer Reading Club and take part in a summer filled with adventure.

24th June 2009: Poetry Reading - Achill Sound Library

Poetry reading with Mark Chaddock in Achill Library.

19th June 2009. : Poet Mark Chaddock reads from his newly published poetry collection - Ballina Library

Achill based poet Mark Chaddock will give a reading from his newly published collection called 'The Ordinary Miracle'

3rd to 19th June 2009.: Mayo Photographic Club Exhibition - Castlebar Library

The Mayo Photographic Club exhibition  features a rich tapestry of photographs with a diverse range of styles including creative, documentary, portraiture, wildlife, still life and landscapes.

July to August 2009.: Summer Reading Challenge 2009 - Castlebar Library

This summer, throughout the months of July and August, Castlebar Library will again run its popular Summer Reading Challenge.  

Thurs 11th June, 2009: Reading with author Eilish Ní Dhuibhne - Castlebar Library

Mayo County Council Arts Office are delighted to announce Éilís Ní Dhuibhne as Force 12 2009 Writer in Residence.  As part of her residency, Eilish will give a reading and discuss many aspects of both her short story collections and novels in Castlebar Library.

May, 2009: Free Computer Classes for the Older Person - Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris & Charlestown Libraries

These classes are aimed at those with little or no experience of using computers or the Internet.  The classes are free but booking is essential.

Contact Ballina Library, Castlebar Library, Claremorris Library and Charlestown Library for full details

Monday 6th April 2009.: Castlebar Healthy Heart Day - Castlebar Library

Don't miss Castlebar Healthy Heart Day! Heart Smart is a FREE cardiovascular check up taking place in Castlebar Library which is available to everyone over 40 years who have not attended their GP in the last year for a cholesterol check.

26th February - 18th March 2009. : 2009 Trocaire Lenten Photography Exhibition - Ballina Library

An exhibition of 22 photographs by Trocaire on the theme of people having to leave their homes because of war.

February 2009: BT Young Scientist Entrants 2009 - Castlebar Library

An exhibition of the BT Young Scientist Entrants for 2009 from St. Joseph's Secondary School Castlebar and St. Gerald’s Secondary School Castlebar is on display in Castlebar Library. The exhibition includes the entry by Laura Breslin  'Why are certain Leaving Certificate subjects so popular?'  This entry won the Irish Science Teacher’s Association award and won the category- Senior Individual Social and Behavioural Sciences.

4th February 2009. : A Presentation on Bees and Bee-keeping by Henry Horkan - Ballina Library

As part of the Aontas Adult Learning Festival 2009, Ballina Library and The Mayo North Garden & Flower Club will host a presentation on Bee and Bee-keeping by Henry Horkan.

15th April to 29th April 2009.: Traces: an Exhibition of Visual Art - Castlebar Library

Traces is an exhibition of visual art by the Spectrum Art Group.

July and August 2009: Summer Reading Challenge - Crossmolina Library

Join in the Summer Reading Challenge this July and August at Crossmolina Library

Jan 2015: Computer classes Foxford - Foxford Library

Age Action is running beginner computer classes for the over 55’s in Foxford Library beginning in January 2015 .
The beginner classes are for older people who have little or no computer experience, including those terrified of computers!
The classes are taught on a two-to-one basis by a volunteer tutor.
The course is free of charge.

If you are interested in taking these classes please contact us on 091 527831.

7th March - 30th April, 2016: Encaustic Art Exhibition in Achill Sound Library - Achill Sound Library

Encaustic Art is made by melting wax and using it as a pigment medium which can be manipulated with an iron, stylus and embellishing tool.  Art in this medium by Monica Gallagher will be on exhibition in Achill Sound Library until the end of April.

Be sure to come along and view this magnificent work.

December 4, 2018: Belmullet Book Club - Belmullet Library

Books and Reading - interested? If there is nothing you like more than sitting down and reading a good book why not come along to the Belmullet Library Book Club and share some enjoyable and interesting discussions with other reading buffs!  New members always welcome.  The current book club selection is From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan. Check out previous book club reads and their star rating

From 2.00pm Thurs 1st Mar to Sat 3rd Mar incl.: Library Closure Information - All Mayo Libraries

Due to the RED status weather Alert Mayo Library branches will be closed from 2pm Thurs 1st March and will reopen on Tues 6th March. Our 24 online library services are as usual available including ebooks & audiobooks via our website.