Storm Barra – National Park & Nature Reserve Closures in Mayo

Storm Barra Closure Notice

Please be advised that the sites listed below will be closed effective from 6pm this evening (Monday 6th of December) until 12 noon on Wednesday 8th of December as a result of the forecasted orange weather warning arising for counties Galway and Mayo due to Storm Barra.   Full details of the NPWS western region in relation to National Weather Warnings is outlined on our website: https://www.wildnephinnationalpark.ie/plan-your-visit/weather-warnings/   In adverse weather conditions Weather Warnings may be issued by Met Éireann....

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Ballycroy Visitor Centre – Closed for 2021 Season

Ballycroy Visitor Centre Closed for 2021 Season

We're sad to say that the Ballycroy Visitor Centre is now closed for the 2021 season. Thanks for visiting and engaging with our Education Team in 2021. The grounds of the National Park remain open including the three trail access points at the Visitor Centre, Claggan Mountain and Letterkeen. We'll see you again in 2022! Please note: We have some limited availability for outreach and education visits in November and December. Please email enquiries to ballycroyvisitorcentre@housing.gov.ie

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Dark Sky Social Weekend

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Our Dark Sky Social weekend takes place from Friday 29th Oct - Sun 31st Oct with a few small gatherings for those already in the area. Please do not make travel plans for these low key events - we will be back with bigger plans as soon as we can facilitate them again. Friday 29th October 7pm Music of the Night in Mulranny Arts Centre* Saturday 30th October 7.30pm Lantern Looped Walk at Letterkeen Sunday 31st October 4.30pm Halloween Traditions...

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Visitor Centre Art Commission Update

art commission panel

We are delighted to share with you an update from Susan Mannion, who was selected for the public art commission at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre last year. [video width="720" height="720" mp4="https://www.wildnephinnationalpark.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/commission_per-cent-for-art.mp4"][/video] Click here to download a pdf of the the update.    

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October Events

October 2021 Events Poster

The Ballycroy Visitor Centre will be closing for the season on Sunday October 31st.   To end the season we have a selection of events organised starting with our very popular Bug Safari on Sunday 24th at 11am. For those of you with a cúpla focal we have a very special guided walk as Gaeilge - Siúil Linn - on Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail at 3pm on Tuesday 26th. On Thursday 28th at 3pm why not join our Seashore Safari...

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Mayo Dark Sky Park – Announcement

Mayo Dark Sky Park: Site Selection for Planetarium and Observatory

Following a successful application for funding to the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund in 2019, the NPWS in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and Mayo County Council have plans for the design of two new visitor experiences in the Mayo Dark Sky Park (Wild Nephin National Park).  Research and scientific and environmental assessments have been undertaken to identify suitable locations for a Planetarium and Multimedia Space and Observatory to be located in Mayo Dark Sky Park. Expert reports were commissioned on...

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Culture Night 2021

Ballycroy Culture Night- September 17, 2021 Events Poster

Culture Night is September 17th and we are delighted to be hosting a special event in celebration of the event.   Join us at 7.30pm at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre for a guided walk of the 2km Tóchar Daithí Bán Trail. Take a journey back through time to the present day for a celebration of peatlands for this year’s Culture Night.   Along the way our guides will recite a number of poems inspired by stories from the surrounding area,...

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Wild Nephin National Park

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Ballycroy National Park has changed and expanded significantly in the past decade. The National Park now covers many communities outside of and remote from Ballycroy, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service are developing visitor experiences in many of these areas, as well as in Ballycroy. There is the impression that the National Park is confined to the site of the Ballycroy Visitor Centre, which is not giving the National Park the significance and recognition that it deserves, given it...

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Heritage Week 2021

Heritage Week 2021 Events Poster

Heritage Week 2021 is running from Saturday 14th August until Saturday 22nd August. Here at Wild Nephin National Park we will have a range of activities spanning the entire week (click here to download a poster of the events for the week) and across three different locations including the Ballycroy Visitor Centre, Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail and Letterkeen. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have limited places available for all outdoor events therefore it is important to book ahead to avoid...

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