Mayo Sports Partnership

  • Former world championship cross country silver medalist Catherina McKiernan and Mayo GAA All Star Colm Boyle are two of the sports stars to speak on Achieving Success in Sport – What does it take? –


    The free, public seminar will take place in Breaffy House Hotel on Wednesday, November 13th starting at 7:30 pm.


    They will be joined by John Courell Mayo GAA physio and Connacht rugby star Eoghan Masterson. The seminar will be chaired by Liam Horan. 


    Also speaking is Brendan Murphy, Drugs Service Regional Training Officer with the HSE and expert on substance use within sport. 


    The seminar is organized by the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF), Mayo Sports Partnership (MSP) and South West Mayo Development Company.


    The open forum will explore all aspects of sporting life including issues such as the substance use in sport, the demands and pressures on high performance athletes,  the importance of leadership, management and preparation so that teams and individuals can make winning a habit.


    To book a place at the seminar, call Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9064360 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Mayo Sports Partnership and sporting organisations across the county, will deliver a Community Sports Coach Training Programme in Castlebar over the coming weeks

    Closing date for receipt of completed applications is this evening at 5 o’clock.

    The programme will commence in early October for 3 days a week for 10 weeks and is open to men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time / full time coach in these sports or in developing their own business. 

    Places will be limited to 12 trainee coaches. Application forms can also be downloaded at or

    For more information contact Contact:  Maria Mc Hale, South West Mayo Development Company, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 087-2298934 for details.

  • Charlie Lambert of the Mayo Sports Partnership joined Michael D McAndrew on Sunday Sport this afternoon to discuss some of their plans for the year ahead.


  • Mayo is challenged to be active this Sunday, 28th June as part of the Sport Ireland National BeActive Day.

    Mayo Sports Partnership is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships in the country who are coming together to celebrate a day of physical activity and sport and want you to join in and be active.

    Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Mayo Sports Partnership has been working hard to ensure the people of Mayo remain physically active.

    As part of a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSP) Mayo Sports Partnership has adapted by using online resources, printed booklets and other innovative means, to ensure that everyone in their community has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity.

    International guidelines recommend children are active for at least 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes a day, National BeActive Day is a fun and inclusive way of getting in your daily physical activity.

    The Local Sports Partnerships have developed a printable list of games and activities to give you some inspiration, all of which are fully adaptive for people of all abilities and skill levels.

    With suggestions to make the games harder or easier, there is a game for everyone. Simply print out the games or display them on your phone and be active.  Or why not get creative and create your own games, activities or challenges?

    Mayo Sports Partnership are running a competition for the most creative National BeActive Day activity in the county so make sure to share a photo or video on social media and tag in @SportIreland and  @mayosport1  and the hashtag #NationalBeActiveDay to be in with a chance of winning a €50 Elvery Sports voucher!

    If you are not on social media, you can email a photo or video of your activity to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

  • European Week of Sport gets underway today, and the Mayo Sports Partnership are calling on everyone to get out and be active over the coming week.

    There's a mixture of online and offline events taking place, making it easy to be active - even from the comfort of your own home.

    The Mayo Sports Partnership is co-ordinating about 40 events across the county, and all details can be viewed on their website - including come and try canoeing in Ballina and Achill, and walks in Ballycroy National Park and on Croagh Patrick.

    Mayo Sports Partnership is also inviting people to take part in Mayo's Landmark Challenge - a week-long event consisting of a 7-day challenge in walking, running, hiking, cycling, swimming and water paddle sports - the challenges can be done solo or as part of a team.


  • At a recent Mayo Sports Partnership Board meeting €21,500 was allocated to 47 clubs / organisations in Mayo through the Partnerships 2019 special participation grant scheme. Special guest at a recent presentation evening, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, recognised the contribution that sport makes to people’s health and wellbeing.

    “We should never take for granted what sport does in our communities and daily lives. The fantastic work sports volunteers do in providing participation opportunities for all sectors of the population needs to be commended and recognised. I am delighted to be here once again to present funding for sports initiatives across the length and breadth of the county ” Minister Ring stated.

    Mayo Sports Partnership aims to have more people enjoying more sports and this scheme supports minority sports groups & clubs in providing increased opportunities to participate in these activities. This year the scheme has funded initiatives including additional mothers and others programmes, table tennis and swimming in Ballyhaunis, athletic club development in Swinford and Westport, kayaking opportunities in Ballina and Castlebar ,womens participation in golf programmes in Claremorris and Westport, handball in Belcarra and Tourmakeady plus much more. Disability sports programmes in rugby and soccer clubs, disability groups and projects targeting the travelling community were also supported under the initiative.

    “While the monies distributed are not substantial this small grant scheme is very targeted and has helped many new clubs and programmes to get established. New clubs and sports such as Mayo Volleyball Club, Lakes District Athletic Club, Westport Basketball Club, Ballyhaunis Table Tennis Club are just some who have benefitted from the initiative ”Mayo Sports Partnership Head Charlie Lambert added

    Mayo Sports Partnership comprises of representatives from local agencies, sports organisations and community representatives, is core funded by Sport Ireland and is hosted locally by Mayo County Council. For funding under the annual Special Participation Grant Scheme applicants need to show that the suggested project will increase participation and is sustainable.

    Since 2005 the Partnership has brought an overall investment of close to €10 million to developing sport and recreation within the county. Many projects / initiatives involving pre-schools all the way up to older people have benefited from this significant input.

    Any further information on the above can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094 9064360 or by logging on to

    The full list of Clubs/Organisations who received funding are:

    Special Project Participation Initiative Grants 2019


    Organisation/ Club                                         Total amount €


    Claremorris Colts RFC


    Castlebar Mitchells Mothers and others


    Ballinrobe GAA Mothers and Others


    Ballina United FC


    Westport Golf club Ladies club


    Ballyhaunis Table Tennis Club


    Breaffy Rounders Club


    Claremorris Golf Club


    Swinford Athletics Club


    Castlebar Kayak Club


    Neale Ladies Gaelic Mothers and others


    Westport Athletics Club


    Tullaghan Bay Rowing Club


    Belcarra Handball Club


    Islandeady GAA


    Kilmaine GAA (Kilmaine Kickers)


    Grainne Uaile Triathlon Club


    Westport United FC


    Ballyhaunis Swimming Pool Committee


    Ballina Tennis Club


    Moy Davitts Mothers and Others


    Moy Canoe Club


    Kiltimagh/Knock United


    Mustangs Basketball


    Manulla FC


    Castlebar Town FC


    Tourmakeady Handball Club


    Westport Warriors Basketball club


    Westport Tennis Club


    Claremorris Tennis Club


    Ballina RFC


    Westport RFC


    Islandeady/Glenisland/Derrywash Community groups.


    Monday Meets Club 55


    Traveller Girls Group Youth Booth @ The Maple Youth Ballinrobe


    Kilkelly Active Group


    Mayo Traveller Support Group


    Moy ICA Guild Ballina


    Ballina Carers Support Group


    Irish wheelchair association/Belmullet INA Centre


    Westport Special Olympics


    Western Care Day Service


    Rapid Prompting Method


    Cairde Club (Drop in Centre)


    Arthritis Ireland


    Mayo Dyspraxia Group
















  • 25,000 euro in additional grant funding has been allocated to the Mayo Sports Partnership.

    It’s part of the government’s national allocation of a further 5.1 million euro for sports organizations in the COVID-19 Supplementary Grant Scheme.

    Fine Gael Spokesperson for Sport, Mayo deputy Alan Dillon TD says that “throughout this difficult year, sporting organizations have demonstrated their resilience and invaluable importance to local communities. Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships have continued to keep their clubs and communities as active as possible and since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen record numbers taking up exercise for their physical and mental wellbeing. 

    The funding announced today will allow organizations such as the Mayo Sports Partnership to continue their work and face into 2021 in good financial health and in a position to return to meaningful operations”.

  • Mayo Sports Partnership are calling on all men across Mayo who want to improve their mental & physical health, general mood and wellbeing to join their Men on the Move Virtual  Programme where you will get weekly calls and advice from a qualified physical fitness instructor.

    To register go to , contact Tracy Cunnane at 087 4479227 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Men on the Move the Best Move You Will Ever Make!

  • Funding of over €118,000 has been approved today under the Dormant Accounts Fund  for sports hubs and other sporting programmes in Co Mayo, according to the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring.

    €35,000 has been approved for the Ballinrobe Sports Hub and €20,000 for the Ballyhaunis Sports Hub - both of which are part of the Mayo Sports Partnership and provide information and support on a wide range of sports and physical activities making it easier for people to get involved in a more active and healthier lifestyle.

    Also, funding of over €60,000 has been allocated to the Mayo Sports Partnership for four different programmes and initiatives.



  • RTE's Operation Transformation is once again joining forces locally with Mayo Sports Partnership to encourage people to become more physically active in 2019.  A number of walks will take place across the country on Saturday 12th January with Mayo walks taking place in Achill, Aughamore, Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Ballinrobe, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Kiltimagh, Kilmovee Newport and Westport.

    The walks, either 3 or 5km in length will be led by suitable leaders who will be on hand guide participants through the walk and also to give advice about follow on programmes etc.

    Details of the events are as follows (See also attached poster, please note that all walks commence at 11am with meeting time at 10.30am):

    Walk Locations

    Centre                       Meeting Point & Time                               Time of Walk

    Achill                          Saula National School                                            11am

    Aughamore                Aughamore GAA Club                                           11am

    Ballina                        Belleek Woods                                                       11am

    Ballyhaunis               Friary Field                                                               11am

    Ballinrobe                  The Green                                                                11am

    Belmullet                    Aras Inis Gluaire (Civic Centre)                               11am

    Claremorris                Clare Lake                                                                11am

    Castlebar                   Castlebar Tennis Club                                              11am

    Kiltimagh                   Market Square                                                         11am

    Kilmovee                   Community Centre                                                  11am

    Newport                     The Statue, Medlicott St.                                          11am

    Westport                    Westport GAA Grounds                                           11am

    County co-ordinators Mayo Sports Partnership and local organisers such as Achill Athletic Club, Aughamore GAA Club, Ballina Athletic Club, Ballinrobe GAA Club, Ballyhaunis Sports Network, Castlebar, Claremorris and Claremorris parkruns, Erris Community Health Forum, Kilmovee Community Centre, Newport Business association, Kiltimagh Tourism and Westport GAA and are encouraging people of all age groups to turn out on the day.

    In all the events there is no cost involved, participants are asked to wear loose clothing and to bring some water. However no dogs are allowed. Further information on Operation Transformation can be viewed at :

    Details of Mayo Sports Partnerships follow on 5 week initiative “Operation Get Active Mayo” involving approximately numerous communities / groups throughout Mayo will be promoted at and also in local media. Other Mayo Sports Partnership programmes such as Men on the Move, Couch to 5K, Meet and Train, Swim for a Mile, parkrun, Active 55 etc will also form part of this county wide call.

    If you are interested in getting your community involved in the Get Active Mayo Campaign please contact Community Sports Development Officer Deirdre Donnelly at 094 9064386 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Get your year off to a positive start and improve your mood, physical and mental health by registering for the FREE 6 week Mayo Sports Partnership Operation Transformation Programme.

    Workshop topics include nutrition, walking tips, strength & conditioning, mindfulness and much more.

    To register go to , contact Deirdre Donnelly at 094 -9064386 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that registrations are now open for the Mayo Day 2021 Women's Virtual 10K event.

    The hugely successful Western People West of Ireland Women's Mini Marathon which physically took place on the May Bank Holiday Sunday since 20210 has gone virtual for the 2nd year due to the ongoing pandemic.  

    Following on from the hugely successful 10K Your Way run / walk in 2020 the 2021 virtual 10K allows participants to allocate €10 of their entry fee to a charity of their choice.

    Participants will receive a medal and t-shirt and they can also wear a race number with the name of the hero they would like to nominate written across it.

    The tag line of this year's virtual 10K is  “Your Way, Your Hero, Your Say"

    To enter please go to any queries etc can be directed to Event Co-ordinator Janette Slattery at 087 6091463 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Mayo Sports Partnership will also be shortly announcing details of the “Its For Girls” call out to teenagers across the region to get involved in the initiative with also the hugely successful “Mini-Mini 2K Fun Run” FOR Primary School Children also making a return. For Its for Girls Registration go to  

    They want CHILDREN TO RUN WALK OR JOG 2K on the May Bank holiday in their own location. There will be FREE tshirts for the first 700 who register here

    For more details on this event contact Mayo Sports Partnerships Community Sports Development Officer Deirdre Donnelly at 0873910337 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



    Sport Ireland today announced an investment of nearly €32 million in National Governing Bodies for Sport, direct athlete support and the Local Sports Partnership Network for 2019.

    The funding announced, which represents a significant increase on 2018, includes an investment of €12.845 million in the core activity of National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs), €8.46m in NGB High Performance Programmes, €820,000 in high performance funding for the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland, and €7.29 million in the work of the Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).

    Sport Ireland also announced €500,000 in targeted funding for projects, to assist with the preparation for key events in 2019, along with a further €1.93 million for the International Carding Scheme.

    The funding announced today includes €266,960 in funding for Mayo Sports Partnership, made up to €2358,560 Core funding and €8,400 for Women in Sports initiatives.