Breaffy House Step out to launch Irelands biggest Tradfest

Breaffy House Resort Step Out to launch Ireland's Biggest Tradfest

The staff at Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar have been practising their Irish Dance steps to help launch Ireland's biggest Tradfest, the 2018 Mayo Manchester Tradfest, which is being launched at the Hotel complex in Breaffy on Thursday 2 August at 9pm. The award winning festival is now in its sixth year and features over 500 performers from Mayo and Manchester performing in over 100 events all over Mayo from Thursday 2 to Wednesday 8 August.

The Manchester based Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band who are celebrating their 70th Anniversary as the UK's longest running Pipe Band will lead a parade through the grounds of the resort before staging an outdoor VIP concert on the Terrace of the Hotel with a galaxy of performers. Manchester United’s Voice of Old Trafford, Mr Alan Keegan and the newly appointed Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin 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 already has a great tradition of showcasing 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 from Manchester 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 . The Manchester based Country singer Marion Waldron will be showcasing her new single 'When New York was Irish' which was filmed in New York at the Hunger memorial which features the famine cottage from Attymass. Special guests from Mayo 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 and with 2 million Radio plays for her new album 'Stripes' she is fast becoming Ireland's most requested Country stars. 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 Top Ten events are as follows:

1. Thursday 2 August, Live Radio broadcast by Midwest Radio at the Fr Peyton Centre, 6pm-8pm

The festival will be launched in Attymass with a live two hour radio broadcast by Midwest Radio sponsored by Excel Excavations at the Fr Peyton Centre in the award winning Attymass Parish (Ireland’s Pride of Place winners 2017). The free event features a host of performances from award winning musicians, singers and dancers along with a number of VIP guests.

2. Thursday 2 August, VIP Launch Concert at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, 9pm

Castlebar will be rolling out the Green and Red carpet with a special VIP Festival launch concert at 9pm in Breaffy House Resort. The free event feature a host of special guests and performers including the Sean Nos Dancers, The Ganley Sisters as seen on RTE TV, Ireland's premier download artist, Singer Songwriter Sina Theil, Joe Keegan from the BBC TV show The Voice, Marian Waldron, The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club plus a host of special guests and performers.

3. Friday 3 August, Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band 70th Anniversary Concert, Achill Head Hotel, 9pm

During the bank holiday weekend the Tradfest has been invited to visit Achill Island to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Manchester based Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band. The band are hoping to join some of the pipers from the Island’s five world famous Pipe bands in a special outdoor performance at The Achill Head Hotel at 9pm. A Free concert and open session will then be staged inside the hotel with Joe Keegan from the BBC TV Show the Voice and guest musicians from Scoil Acla, the evening is being hosted by Alan Keegan, the Voice of Old Trafford at Manchester United.

4. Saturday 4 August, 6th Annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert, Ballina Arts Centre, 7.30pm

The Mayo Manchester Tradfest return to Ballina to stage a special 6th anniversary concert on Saturday 4 August which is to be hosted by Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club. The concert is being sponsored by the Mayo Association Dublin. It will feature performances by The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Murphy Moore Irish Dance Academy and the Turley Duggan Academy from Mayo along with Joe Keegan from the BBC TV Show – ‘The Voice’, Marian Waldron, Con Murphy, Dennis McCalmont, the Jiving Juniors as featured on RTE TV’s Late Late Show and The Centre Stage Vocal Academy. Tickets are €10 (Early Bird) €15 Book online or Tel 096 73593

5. Sunday 5 August, Mayo Manchester Tradfest Promenade Performance at Westport House, 1pm

The group will be staging a short promenade performance in the grounds of the award winning Westport House at 1pm on the steps of the award winning Stately home followed by a Parade to the Grace O'Malley statue.

6. Sunday 5 August, Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert at Claremorris Town Hall Theatre, 7pm

Sunday evening sees the group make their Claremorris debut at Claremorris Town Hall Theatre with a host of award winning musicians, singers and dancers from Mayo joining the group in a special Tradfest concert. Performers from Manchester include Joe Keegan from the BBC TV show The Voice, The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Marian Waldron as seen on Sky TV. Performers from Mayo include Joe Beirne of Midwest Radio fame, plus local musicians Peter Gannon, Ann Morley, Rory Walsh, and Declan Burke. The Claremorris based Turley Duggan Academy of Irish Dance will also be performing on the night and the evening is being hosted by Alan Keegan the Voice of Old Trafford from Manchester United Football Club. Tickets are €15 book online at or Tel 094 931 0999

7. Monday 6 August, The Official Opening of Bonniconlon Show, 12 noon

The Tradfest has once more been invited to launch the 2018 Bonniconlon show just after 12 noon, the Agricultural and Gymkhana show is Ireland's second biggest show and annually attracts over 30,000 visitors to the celebration of rural Ireland and is based just outside Ballina in North Mayo. The Fianna Phadraig Pipe band will lead a parade of VIPs to the stage to officially open up the show.

8. Monday 6 August, Promenade Performance at Mount Falcon Estate, 2pm

The group visit the Mount Falcon Estate to stage a special Promenade perfornce in the grounds of the 100 Acre Estate based in the heatt of Ballina at 2pm. The Performance will feature a parade by the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, followed by performanvces from Joe Keegan and Marian Waldron. The afternoon will be hosted by Alan Keegan, the Voice of Old Trafford at Manchester United Football club.

9. Tuesday 7 August, Gala Concert headlined by Billow Wood at Matt Molloys, 8pm

The Tradfest returns to the world famous Matt Molloys Irish Pub in Westport. Last year the event which is staged in th Yard Bar Music venue was sold out and this year’s concert is being headlined by the multi award winning Trad band ‘Billow Wood’ who will be joining forces with Mayo Manchester, watch out for the outdoor performance by The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band on the streets of Westport to kick start the concert. The concert also features Joe Keegan from the BBC TV show -The Voice and Westports David Dee Moore. Guest musicians, singers and dancers are welcome to join in the concert. Tickets are €10 in advance, €15 on the door see to book online through paypal or call into the venue for tickets.

10. Wednesday 8 August, MMTradfest Closing Performance at Ashford Castle, 2pm

Finally the festival is brought to a close with the Mayo Manchester Tradfest closing session at the 5 Star Ashford Castle in Cong at 2pm.

For up to the minute information about the festival follow them on Twitter @mayomanchester or on Facebook Mayo Manchester Tradfest.

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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.

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Breaffy House Resort has 250 luxurious bedrooms which combine traditional old-world charm with all the opulence of a modern Hotel.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.