Newly Crowned World Champion launches 2016 Attymass Gathering

Newly Crowned World Champion launches 2016 Attymass Gathering

The recently crowned four times World Champion Irish Dancer, Stephen Gallagher from Attymass (Moffatt School of Irish Dancing) will join a bevy of stars to launch this years 2016 Attymass Gathering in an opening night concert on Thursday 28 July at 7pm in the newly opened Attymass Community Centre.

After staging one of the biggest Gatherings in Mayo for the Year of the Gathering in 2013, the picturesque rural Parish of Attymass just outside Ballina are to stage a 2016 event to celebrate the recent opening of its new community centre.

The centre was made possible by a Mayo North East Leader grant and one hundred and eighty private donations from the Parish and the Attymass Diaspora scattered around the world as far away as New Zealand and Australia.

The Parish will stage a four day Attymass Gathering with Mayo Manchester from Thursday 28 July until Sunday 31 July to thank people for their generous support and to welcome home visitors with a range of family friendly activities and events.

The community centre has been refurbished and extended using the former Attymass School House which was first built in 1879, thus preserving a little piece of the Parish Heritage whilst providing the community with a brand new facility for the parish.

A special free Irish Music, Song and Dance concert will launch the festival on Thursday 28 July in the centre from 7pm to 9pm, followed by a session from the Bofield Ceili band in the nearby Fr Peyton Centre at 9pm.

Performers from the parish joining Stephen Gallagher include other members of the Moffatt School of Irish Dancing, plus musicians from the Parish and St Joseph’s Church Choir. Performers from Manchester include the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and dancers from the Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing.

Tony Hennigan from MayoManchester said, "The 2013 Attymass Gathering was a huge success and welcomed visitors from all over the world back to the North Mayo rural community. The Parish has just opened its new community centre which was supported by the Attymass diaspora from all over the globe, so we thought it would be a nice idea to stage a gathering for them in the summer to welcome them back home. But the festival is not just for people from Attymass, it is open to everyone and a warm Irish welcome awaits all visitors to this festival of Irish Music, Song, Dance and Sport.”

Other key events during the Gathering include a Fun Run around the parish on Saturday 30 July during the day and a closing concert and BBQ on Sunday 31 July at 7.30pm at the Sionnach Rua Pub in the Parish.

The four day event is part of the 2016 Mayo Manchester Tradfest which is a six day Irish, Music, Song and Dance Festival and is being staged in Ballina and its surrounding areas from Friday 29 July to Wednesday 3 August.

For further information visit the Attymass Community Centre on facebook or email attymasscommunitycentre@gmail.com or visit www.mayomanchester.com