Storm Aiden – Park Closed 31/10/2020

Storm Aidan Weather Warning - Met Eireann

Due to Storm Aiden, please note that Wild Nephin National Park/Mayo Dark Sky Park, including all trails (i.e. Letterkeen Loops & Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail) & the Ballycroy Visitor Centre will be closed on Saturday 31/10/2020.   For storm updates see:   For more information on Weather Warnings and Wild Nephin National Park see:

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Samhain – Origins of Hallowe’en

Halloween Turnip

Each year on the 31st of October we celebrate Hallowe’en. The festival of Hallowe’en has very close links with Ireland that dates back thousands of years. In ancient times Hallowe’en was known as Samhain. The ancient Festival of Samhain was a celebration of the end of summer and harvest and also the beginning of winter. The ancient Irish saw this time of the year as the end of old year and beginning of the New Year just like their harvest....

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Ballycroy Visitor Centre – Art Commission

Enameled Copper Sheet

Art Commission The Office of Public Works (OPW), National Park & Wildlife Services and Mayo County Council’s Arts Service are delighted to announce that the visual artist Susan Mannion has been selected for the public art commission at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre at Wild Nephin National Park. The Artist Susan is a talented visual artist based in Boyle, who specialises in copper enamel work, a technique that has been used since the 13th century BC; and print making. Artwork The...

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Visitor Centre Closing

Information Symbol

As part of the Government's response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in line with Level 3  guidelines the Visitor Centre (including the Cafe & Toilets) will be closed from October 7th 2020. The trails in the National Park remain open and we ask visitors to follow the one-way systems in place - information on one way systems are highlighted below: Tochár Daithí Bán at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail Letterkeen Loop Walks

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