Traditional Patchwork Quilting Workshop 02.08.2017

We are holding a Quilting Workshop on Wednesday 2nd August 2017. The event is free and participants will learn how to make paper patterns for 2” hexagonal piecing with a demonstration. You will also learn to fussy cut scraps of fabric into 2½” square and secure them around the pre-cut paper patterns. Quilting will be by hand, no machine is required and all materials will be provided. There will also be a demonstration on making binding, if time permits.  ...

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Summer @ Ballycroy National Park

Ballycroy National Park_SUMMER 2017 (1)                 SUMMER 2017 @ BALLYCROY NATIONAL PARK Plover Club for Kids Every TUESDAY & THURSDAY @ 11.30-13.00 Join our Park Guides as they explore wildlife and the environment though outdoor activities and crafts. No Booking Required but Arrive Early to avoid disappointment. Adults must remain with children at all times. Guided Walk of Tóchar Dáithí Bán Nature Trail EVERY DAY @ 14.30-15.30 Join Park Guides as they recount...

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Peregrine Falcon Watch

On Wednesday the 21st of June from the viewing point platform at the Céide Fields, the Ballycroy National Park is holding a Peregrine Falcon watch day. Watch these spectacular birds in full flight, through telescopes and binoculars, as the fastest animal on earth soars through the sky at the breathtaking Céide Fields Cliffs, which stand at 370 feet! Ballycroy National Park guides will be on hand to provide any assistance necessary on the day, all equipment needed will be provided by the guides....

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June Bank Holiday

Why not join us for one of our FREE Guided Walks this June Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 4th June @ 2.30- 3.30PM (Visitor Centre) Guided Walk of Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail Monday 5th June @ 2.30- 3.30PM (Visitor Centre) Guided Walk of Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail No booking required. Adults must remain with children at all times See you there :)

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National Biodiversity Week 2017

19th - 28th May Ballycroy National Park is delighted to announce a series of FREE special events to celebrate Biodiversity Week 2017. We encourage all ages to be inspired by our county’s incredible biodiversity. We are lucky to have many interesting and exciting species ranging from the smallest insects and rarest Irish plants to some of the largest animals alive such as the basking shark and whales in Co. Mayo, many of them within Ballycroy National Park. Saturday 20th May...

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Unlocking the Night

RTE 1 Sean O'Rourke show with Marie Louise O'Donnell Marie Louise O'Donnell joined us for Heritage Week. Listen to her talk about wildlife at night and Ireland's new Dark Sky Park http://rte.ie/r.html?rii=b9_21041723_15036_23-08-2016  

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Astronomical Drawing

Wed 8pm @ Visitor Centre We are hosting a really interesting event on Wed 30th November here in the Visitor Centre. Artist Deirdre Kelleghan will present and demonstrate Astronomical Drawing. Just go outside and draw it! A presentation / part demonstration about astronomical drawing.  Featuring Messier Objects , Comets , Milky Way and Meteor Shower drawing.  Techniques,  Materials,  Equipment, Software. This will be a Dark Sky evening with a difference - Deirdre will talk about her work combining two passions...

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Reopening March 16th

We are reopening for the 2017 season on Thursday 16th March 2017. To celebrate join us on a FREE Guided Walk of Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail (Approx. 2km ) Friday 17th March @ 4.00PM Saturday 18th March @ 2.00PM Sunday 19th March @ 2.00PM Suitable for all ages and abilities. No booking required. For more info contact: 098-49888/ballycroyvisitorcentre@ahg.gov.ie

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Mayo Dark Sky Festival

Ireland’s First Ever Dark Sky Festival!! October Bank Holiday Weekend https://www.mayodarkskyfestival.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Mayo-Dark-Sky-Festival On the 5th of May 2016 the Ballycroy National Park & Wild Nephin in North-West Mayo became Ireland’s first Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park as recognised by the International Dark Sky Association.www.darksky.org The Dark skies of the Nephin Wilderness in County Mayo are nationally recognized. Our darkness not only adds to the aesthetic qualities of the wilderness, but is important to the health of our wildlife. As...

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