Murrisk Local News & Events

Last Light Service

Last Light Service on 31 December 2015 at 3.30 pm.

The Last Light Service is a traditional service to celebrate the ending of the old year and the arrival of the new. It is a particularly meaningful service for us in the West of Ireland. Our position on the western edge of Europe means that Mayo’s Atlantic seaboard is one of the very last places in Europe to witness the final traces of this year’s daylight melting into the darkness of the last evening of the old year. It is also a poignant event which symbolises the comforts and familiarity of the old year giving way to the nervousness and uncertainties of the new. This is an ecumenical service and normally takes place in the Croagh Patrick Car Park outside the Murrisk Community Centre on the last day of the year, New Year’s Eve commencing at around 3.30 pm

Meet in the Murrisk Community Centre at 3.30 pm on Thursday 31 December 2015.  Service will be held outside - weather permitting.  Otherwise it will be in the Centre.  Refeshments and ample car parking!  All are welcome.

Murrisk Pattern and Heritage Day:  August 2016

Murrisk Pattern and Heritage Day Sunday 28 August 2016 - provisional

The traditional Murrisk Pattern and Heritage Day is held on the last Sunday in August in the Croagh Patrick Car Park. This revives an old tradition when villagers would meet to celebrate the feast of the Patron Saint with a service and festival. In recent times the tradition has been revived and the event has become a great family day out which provides a platform for the local community to celebrate the life and heritage of the village. The event begins with Mass in Murrisk Abbey weather permitting. This is followed by open air music and dancing in the Croagh Patrick Car Park. The Day also features a Sheep Show which involves two competitions, one confined to the eastern half of Lecanvey parish and an open event. In addition there are a range of stalls and children’s entertainments.

Timetable of events:  
   *Mass at 12.30 pm in Murrisk Abbey - weather permitting   *The Event opens at 1.30 pm
   *Afternoon entertainments also begin at 1.30 pm with traditional music played by local musicians
   *At 3.00 pm music and dancing
   *Dancing, a sheep show and stalls, exhibitions and children's entertainments - it's fun for all the family!!!

   Please note that there are NO dog trials this year!

Winter Solstice celebrations:  Sunday 18 December 2016 - to be confirmed

Winter Solstice celebrations on Sunday 18th December 2016 - tbc

On the Sunday closest to the Winter Solstice on the 21 December, there is a guided tour to a number of interesting archaeological sites in the area culminating in a visit to the Killadangan archaeological complex at Annagh.

The Winter Solstice marked the transition from one year to the next and was an important event in the lives of the Celtic peoples of the area. Here the party can inspect the alignment of the standing stones positioned in order of ascending height from north to south, so that when viewed from the north the eye is invariably drawn upwards towards a niche on the eastern end of the Croagh Patrick mountain ridge. At about 13.40 on the 21 December each year, the phenomenon of the sun settling into the niche before disappearing behind the mountain can be witnessed. On a clear day it is possible to witness the sun transformed into a huge fiery ball as it perches on the mountain ridge, before sinking slowly and dramatically behind the niche on eastern side.


Meet at the Murrisk Community Centre at 11.00 am on Sunday 18 December 2016
for the coach trip to local archaeological sites with a knowledgeable guide.
Return via Killadangan at approximately 2.15 pm for refreshments at the Murrisk Community Centre.  This date is to be confirmed!

The trip is free and there is ample car parking at Murrisk!  All are welcome.

Further Information

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