Breaffy House to host VIP Party to launch 2018 MMTradfest

Breaffy House Resort in the heart of Castlebar will host a VIP party to launch this 2018 Mayo Manchester Tradfest.
Manchester United’s Voice of Old Trafford, Mr Alan Keegan will be amongst the VIPs attending the party in the award winning Healy Mac’s Bar.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented “We are delighted to be launching the Tradfest at Breaffy House in Castlebar, the heart of County Mayo. It is a fantastic venue and has showcased some great Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance events at the venue.”

Mr. Wilson Bird, General Manager. Breaffy House Resort added “We are looking forward to a fantastic night of Irish entertainment and are honoured to host such a prestigious event to kick start the week-long festival.”

Entertainment on the night includes The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band who this year are celebrating their 70th anniversary. Also performing on the night is Joe Keegan from the hit BBC TV show The Voice. The Irish Singer, Songwriter and Dancer who shot to fame on the show with his song ‘Pick Myself Up’, has over 30,000 followers on Twitter and has just released his debut album see Special guests on the night include Ireland’s Premier download Irish Country singer Sina Theil who is on a mission to put the Rock into Country Music, last year’s charity single to support Mayo GAA’s quest for Sam ‘Sams Coming Home’ for Childhood Cancer Charity ‘Gearoid’s Smile’ was a major success as was her re-working of ‘Galway Girl’ to turn it into ‘Mayo’s Girl’ received over 91,000 hits. Con Murphy will be also be joining the line-up, fresh from his tour of Iceland and Liverpool promoting his new album ‘The Fjord’ see

Other guest musicians, singers and dancers are welcome to join in the open session at the concert. They should email their details to

The Mayo Manchester Tradfest is now in its sixth year and has already won Tourism Ireland’s Gathering of the Year and the International Mayo Award of the Year. It helps attract over 50,000 visitors to the area with over 100 events being staged by over 500 performers.

The festival runs from Thursday 2 August to Wednesday 8 August in Mayo, the main events are as follows:

Thursday 2 August
Live 2 Hour Radio broadcast across the globe by Midwest Radio at the Fr Peyton Centre in Attymass from 6pm-8pm. The broadcast will feature a host of award winning Irish Musicians, Singers and Dancers.

VIP Launch Concert at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar at 9pm, hosted by Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club, The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Joe Keegan and special guests.

Friday 3 August
The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band 70th Anniversary Concert with Joe Keegan and Pipers from Achill five Pipe Bands along with a host of Musicians, Singers and Dancers, 9pm, Achill Head Hotel, Achill Island

Saturday 4 August
The Opening of Scoil Acla outdoor concert by The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, 1.30pm, Scoil Acla, Achill Island

6th Annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest Concert at the Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, 7.30pm
The concert hosted by Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club features: The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Joe Keegan from the BBC TV show The Voice, representing Mayo's Premier Irish Dancing talent are The Jiving Juniors as seen on RTE TV Late Late Show, The Turley Duggan Academy of Irish Dancing and The Murphy Moore Academy of Irish Dancing. Mayo's vocal talent is represented by The Centre Stage Vocal Academy plus singer songwriters Con Murphy and Dennis McCalmont. Tickets can be purchased directly from

Sunday 5 August
Short outdoor Promenade Performance at Westport House at 1pm

Mayo Manchester Tradfest Concert at Claremorris Townhall Theatre at 7.30pm
This is Mayo Manchester['s debut performance in Claremorris which is to be hosted by Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club. It features The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band plus Joe Keegan from the BBC TV show The Voice and a host of Irish Musicians, Singers and Dancers from Mayo. Tickets are available from the Theatre direct or online at

Monday 6 August
Launch of Bonniconlon Show at 12noon by Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band

Mayo Manchester Tradfest session at Sionnach Rua Pub in Attymass, 9pm

Tuesday 7 August
Mayo Manchester Tradfest Concert with Billow Wood, Joe Keegan and The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band at Matt Molloys Music Venue in Westport, Tickets available from

Wednesday 8 August
Closing Night Session at a secret location in Mayo, follow @mayomanchester on Twitter or facebook to find out the details of this secret gig to finish the festival.

For further details about the festival and a free downloadable what’s on guide visit

Breaffy House Resort
Breaffy House Resort in the heart of Co. Mayo, is a luxurious manor house hotel situated on the doorstep of the Wild Atlantic Way. Among many of its unique selling points includes a majestic Victorian façade and a 90-acre woodland estate surrounded by manicured lawns and gardens. The gateway to the estate opens into an enchanting tree-lined driveway which meanders through a haven of forest woodlands culminating with picture postcard views of the majestic 19th century manor house that is Breaffy House Resort. This Victorian manor combines old world charm with modern luxury providing escapism with a sense of adventure for all its visitors.

2017 saw the continuation of a €3.5M investment in Breaffy House Resort.

Luxury Accommodation
Breaffy House Resort has 250 luxurious bedrooms which combine traditional old-world charm with all the opulence of a modern Hotel.
Suites and Accommodation - 7 Suites
2017 saw a complete remodelling of Breaffy’s 4 Junior suites, 2 executive suites and the addition of a brand new Bridal suite. Plush soft furnishings, upgrades to Super King size beds and remodelling of all bathrooms completed the mix.
Family specific Accommodation
2017 saw the introduction of our NEW family rooms in the form of our Bunk Bed rooms which can accommodate a family of up to 6 in one spacious bedroom. The room consists of a double bed for Mum & Dad and a double set of bunk beds for up to 4 children. The bunk beds offer the perfect opportunity to bring along a friend or two on a family vacation for an extra special kid’s holiday.

Mulberry Restaurant & Healy Macs Bar
There are many dining options at Breaffy House Resort. There is the ‘old world charm’ of the Mulberry Restaurant with its many culinary delights. Our in-house smoker and signature wild Irish Garlic handpicked from our very own herb garden are just some of the exclusive treats available.
Healy Mac's Bar provides the perfect alternative for those that prefer an informal ‘bite’ and catch up.

New Private Dining Rooms
The addition of 4 new private dining rooms Ash/Oak/Beech/Willow/ in 2017 offers the perfect solution for groups who wish to host their own private parties and events. Anniversary and Birthday dinners, communions and confirmations and family reunions can all be catered from in this stunning dining room facilities. All these rooms are completely customisable to suit the unique dining requirements of each party.

Outdoor Facilities
Breaffy House Resort offers a range of on-site facilities including:
1. 2 playgrounds, one of which was newly added in 2017
2. Crazy Golf
3. Astro Turf Pitch
4. GAA pitch
5. Fairy Garden
6. Forest walks and trails
7. 3 orienteering courses catering to all levels

New Playground
A new state of the art natural wood playground in front of the South terrace of the hotel includes crazy golf, slides, swings for younger and older children and a range of novelty amenities all of which make this playground the ideal outdoor fun venue for kids of all ages.

Premier Wedding Destination
Breaffy House Resort is a premier wedding destination with a range of wedding packages to cater to those who want a sophisticated wedding experience full of memorable moments. The resort offers a multitude of stunning locations to capture those extra special wedding moments including; our picturesque ‘signature red bridge’ and tranquil pond, our beautiful landscaped gardens and our captivating Victorian facade and South Terrace.

Award winning spa
Our award winning holistic spa is home to our signature Rasul Mud Chamber. A range of therapies including deep tissue massage, dry flotation therapy, hydrotherapy, and our range of essential beauty treatments are also available.

State of the art leisure Centre
The Breaffy Club was established in 2001 and is one of the most popular leisure centres in the Mayo region and has held the White Flag Award since its establishment over 11 years ago. The White Flag Award highlights to our customers, staff and the general public that our club is committed to achieving the highest standards of quality in the leisure industry. The Breaffy Club caters for all ages and abilities and offers a range of activities and facilities. Its main features include
• 20m swimming pool & paddling pool
• Steam Room/Jacuzzi and Sauna
• 10 treadmills, 6 cross trainers, 8 bikes, 2 steppers & 2 rowers. Also included is a punch bag, free weights area & fixed weights area.
• Aerobics studio
• A range of fitness, aerobics, HIIT and weight training classes are offered on a weekly basis

Breaffy House Resort is the largest and one of the most dynamic Conference venues in Mayo and can cater for meetings, events, National and International Conferences and conventions for up to 2,500 delegates. Located on the outskirts of Castlebar, Co. Mayo, the resort is a 3-hour drive from Dublin, 2 hours from Limerick and 1 hour from Galway. Together with our award-winning leisure club and Spa, it is the ideal choice for your conference event.