Newport 300 EVENTS

Saturday 4 April


Canon Killeen Park

Plaque Unveiling

A new stone sculpture will be unveiled in Canon Killeen Park to commemorate this tri-centennial year. A new flagpole with a specially commissioned flag will be erected alongside the stone and flown at all events during the year of celebration.

Sunday 5 April


Saint Patrick's Church Newport

Handel's Messiah EVENT CANCELLED

EVENT CANCELLED - SEE NEWS PAGE Soloists and Vocalessence choir with Mayo Concert Orchestra under the baton of Conductor and Composer Kathy Fahey. This is a once in a life time performance not to be missed! Sponsored by Portwest and Westport House Tickets €20 available online or from Carraig Donn Castlebar, Eye World Westport, Ashlings Newport and Lavelle's Achill Sound

Saturday 11 April


Princess Grace Park

Easter Egg Hunt

Fun family event in the lovely Princess Grace Park. Kids can run through the park and find chocolate eggs and there will be one golden Newport 300 egg for one lucky person. The over 10s will be more of a scavenger hunt, with lots of prizes and Easter eggs. 2pm Kids <10 | 3pm Kids >10

Sunday 3 May


Main Street and other locations

'A Journey through Time'

Join us on the streets of Newport for an unforgettable Historical Reenactment of the development of our town, as told through two main characters - Captain Pratt and the visionary Brian Rua O Cearbhainn.

Sunday 31 May


The Quay Newport

Quay Live FREE Concert

The line up for this music spectacular includes: Sharon Shannon, Mundy, Frances Black, Mary Coughlan, local talent ‘Coda’ and the Welsh ‘Newport Male Voice Choir’.

Sunday 14 June


Castlebar Street and Newport Viaduct

Newport Street Party

Our annual Street Party, organised by the Newport Business Association, has a Newport 300 theme this year!

Saturday 18 July


Newport Quay

Dinghy Regatta

100 years ago a regatta was held at Melcombe and this year we are holding a regatta in Newport Harbour and Callicaun There will be racing for senior and junior sailors in 4 categories with some fun racing to bring the bay alive!

20 July-3 August

Photographic Exhibition

A chance to enjoy the wonderfully evocative photos of Helen Hooker O'Malley, taken around Newport and Burrishoole in the 1950s when Helen and Ernie O'Malley lived at Burrishoole Lodge

28 - 30 August


Newport (various locations)

A Taste of Newport

A chance to sample local food at its best…
This will be a packed weekend of celebrating food of the area, there will be cookery demos, food tastings, bakery competition, zero food mile dining event, lectures on food/cookery. We hope to have something for every taste and every age.

Saturday 29 August


Newport Quay

Parade of Sail

We plan to gather all types of boats into the harbour to commemorate 300 years of boating in this lovely harbour We are proud of the variety of craft now using the bay and we invite all boating enthusists to join the flotilla !

Friday 18 September


Hotel Newport

Culture Night - Halley 300

In the same year as Newport was founded, Edmund Halley (of Halley’s comet fame) was elected Astronomer Royal. Newport Astronomy Club will present a talk on the life of this influential and inspiring scientist,

Saturday 19 September

Grace Kelly Film Festival

Grace Kelly is surely one of the most iconic Hollywood stars of the 1950’s. Her beauty and elegance were breathtaking. The fact that her grandfather was a bricklayer from Newport in Mayo just adds to the legend. In September 2020, Newport will host the third Grace Kelly Film Festival to honour the Hollywood star and real-life Princess.

Monday 26 October


Chambers Garden Centre

Pumpkin Carving Competition

This will be a competition to see who can carve the best pumpkin, there will be different age groups and different categories eg scariest pumpkin, the most creative pumpkin and the funniest one. Prizes for all the winners.

Friday 30 October


Newport, Mulranny, Ballycroy

Mayo Dark Sky Festival

The fifth Mayo Dark Sky Festival will take place 30th October to 1st November 2020. Enjoy talks, workshops, walks, magic - and a little stargazing, as we celebrate Mayo's pristine clear skies

Friday 30 October


Hotel Newport

Book Launch

On Friday 30th October we will launch a book celebrating our beautiful heritage town. 'Newport - the First 200 Years'

Saturday 4 January


Newport Quay

New Year Swim

To kick off our tri-centenary year (and raise funds for other Newport 300 events), you are uinvited to join us for a New Year dip at Newport Quay on Saturday 4th January

Sunday 5 January


GN Mulranny Park Hotel

Nollaig na mBan

A chance for the ladies to kick off our tri-centenary year (and raise funds for other Newport 300 events), join us for an inspiring and fun afternoon of talks, ideas and so much more!


All events have been put on hold due to Covid-19 pandemic - check our NEWS page for latest updates

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