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Valley House Achill Events

Music & Events
at The Valley House

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Past Events


"Strolling Through Ulysses" - August 19th, 2015 7:30pm
A 70 minute whistle-stop tour through Joyce's famous novel. Bawdy, irreverent and great fun!
A one-man show, written and performed by Robert Gogan in The Valley House on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015. Tickets from The Valley House Bar  http:// www.strollingthroughulysses .com/


New Year's Eve Party - Dec 31st, 2014
Put on your glad rags and ring in New Year 2015 with us!

-Festive Private Party Rooms
-Welcome Drink: Prosecco or Warming Shot of Schnapps on arrival
-Full Bar service plus Special Cocktail Bar
-Delicious Finger food & Canapés served
-DJ: Party Tunes, Dancing, Midnight Countdown!
-New Year's Raffle - selection of fun prizes
-Dress: Formal
-Ticket Price: €15 - Limited Tickets
-Call 098-47204 to Book Now!

Credit/Debit card payments accepted on phone orders
Tickets can also be bought at The Valley House Bar, payments by cash or card.
Tickets must be paid for at time of booking, thank you!
Tickets are non-refundable.

Scoil Acla 2013
Traditional music lessons, writer's workshops, painters school, readings, exhibitions, concerts and more...more info

Achill ROAR 2013
The 2013 Achill Roar adventure racing event takes place on Saturday 7th September.
For full details please see the ROAR website.

Achill Half Marathon and 10K Run!
Takes place on Saturday, July 6th, 2013. Registration is now open...more info

Heinrich Böll Memorial Weekend
4th - 6th May 2013. Poetry, lectures, walks and events celebrating German writer Böll and his great connection with Achill Island
...more info

Hallowe'en Fancy Dress Party at The Valley House Bar!
Saturday October 27th, 2012
All costume themes welcome - Halloween Games - Best Costume Prize

Don't miss all the Kite Surfing action here on Achill Island at the
Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro World Tour Competition
October 19-28, 2012
Click here to Watch the Live Cast

Pizza, Pasta & Ice Cream Menu in The Valley House Bar...
Click here for our Summer Menu

Saturday August 18th 2012 Noon-5pm
Summer Courtyard Market & Family Fun Day
Local arts & crafts, baking, vegetables, food, jewellery and more.
Donkey Rides, Bouncy Castle, Kids Entertainment
In aid of Achill Lifeboats RNLI

Saturday September 8th 2012
Achill ROAR is firmly established as one of the best adventure race weekends of the season offering three race options which include kayaking, swimming, cycling and running...See the Achill ROAR website for more details.

Saturday Evening, July 21st 2012:
Maritime Fancy Dress Party at The Valley House Bar

Calling all Pirates, Mermaids, Hawaiians, Sea Captains and Creatures from the Deep!
Dance under the stars to DJ Jack Sparrow in the Courtyard Bar, Sand Sculpture Competition (for Big Kids), Best Costume Prize In aid of Achill Lifeboats - Please Support your local RNLI

July 19th - 22nd 2012
Achill Island Seafood Festival - Feile Bia na Mara
Celebrating the rich harvest and heritage of Achill's Atlantic Waters

Cookery Demo with Nevin Maguire, Seaweed Safari, Sand Castle Competition, Maritime Fancy Dress, Gala Seafood Festival Ball and more....
Click here for the Feila Bia na Mara website

July 30th - 5th August 2012 8:45pm

Scoil Acla - Traditional Irish Music Festival
Scoil Acla is a week-long music and arts festival comprising of classes in Traditional Irish Music, Achill Irish language (Gaelig’ Acla), and Sean-Nós singing plus workshops in Traditional Irish Dancing and the ever popular and well attended Creative Writing. The Traditional Basket Weaving instruction has proven to be one of the more popular courses.
See the Scoil Acla website for more information...

Friday 4th May 2012:
Achill Walks Festival Welcome Reception, 8pm - Charge: Free
Come and enjoy some light refreshments, take the opportunity to meet your guides and fellow walkers.

Saturday 5th May 2012
Launch and reading of the book The Veiled Woman of Achill by Patricia Bryne (Collins Press, 2012).

Adrian Frazier of NUI Galway will introduce the book and its author, Patricia Bryne. Includes readings from this newly published book. The events in the book detail the history of The Valley House's 19th Century landlady, Agnes McDonnell and the attack on her and her estate by her land agent James Lynchehaun.
See our History page for more details...

Patricia Byrne is a Mayo born writer living in Limerick. She is a graduate of the MA (Writing) programme of NUI Galway and writes
poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Her interest in the Valley House story arose out of family history; her great granduncle, Brother Paul Carney, served as a Franciscan monk in Achill in the late nineteenth century and wrote extensive journals, including a narrative of the life of James Lynchehaun.

Introduction by Adrian Frazier, NUIG. Author of Behind the Scenes: Yeats, Horniman, and the Struggle for the
Abbey Theatre (1990) and George Moore 1852-1933

Sunday 6th May 2012 8:45pm
Achill Island Comedy Madness Show at The Valley House.

Headline Act: Danny Dowling - This Galway based New Zealand comic has been tearing rooms apart with his version of life in Ireland and a GAA fan that you won't forget. Winner of Come Dine With Me Ireland with the highest score in the series mainly due to 250 custard pies. Creator of The Mad Hatters Tea Party with back to back sell out shows, host of Comedy Comedy in the Roisin Dubh and Campbell's Tavern Comedy. Danny has supported Tommy Tiernan, The Rubberbandits and toured with Glenn Wool.
Support from Kevin Doyle, Kevin Goldsmith, Linda Meehan and Mayo man Michael No.

Tickets only 10 Euro's available on the Door and from The Valley House Bar from the 21st of April.

LIMITED number of tickets available. Get 'em early!

Trad for Trócaire, Thurs. September 29th, 2011:
Join us at The Valley House Bar this Thursday night, Sept 29th for a rousing session of traditional Irish music in aid of Trocaire - working to bring about positive and lasting change in some of the world's poorest places.

Trad & Folk Open Session:
Every Thursday join Robert Gogan, Joe Mulligan & Friends for an open trad and folk session by the fire at The Valley House Bar. This session is open to anyone who wants to take part, whether you are an experienced musician or a complete beginner...bring your instrument or just your voice and join in!

Kitesurfing Competition:
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th September, 2011

Music Summer 2011 at The Valley House:
Informal music sessions in the Bar all summer long, bring your instrument or your party piece and join in the fun!

Also playing live in our Courtyard Bar this summer:

July 2nd: Soundhorse
July 9th: The Sumbrellas
July 16th: The Paul K Band
July 22nd: Niall Teague & The Fast Company
July 23rd: The Tin Box Company
July 30th: Soundhorse
August 1st: The Rascals
August 4th: The Paul K Band
August 6th: The Sumbrellas
August 13th: The Stone Cold Band
August 20th: Soundhorse

Achill Half Marathon: July 2nd, 2011
See for all the details and race registration.
Relax after the big race with Live Music in the Courtyard Bar from 'Soundhorse'

Summer Courtyard Market Noon-5pm
Saturday, July 16th 2011
Traders from all over Mayo with a great selection of local produce, baking, jams, vegetables, pottery, arts & crafts.
Fresh Fish & Chips served all afternoon. Bouncy Castle, Balloon Sculpture, Face Painting & more - in aid of Achill Lifeboats RNLI. 10pm Live Music in the Courtyard Marquee with The Paul K Band

July 22nd and 23rd-Bluegrass/Folk Weekend
Friday night: Niall Teague and The Fast Company Original tunes and folk songs with a line up of vocals, double bass, fiddle, flute, banjo/mandolin, percussion and guitar.
Saturday night: The Tin Box Company...a Bluegrass Band hell bent on getting yours legs a moving and a shaking and enlightning your soul with the sweet, soulful and sometimes crazy sounds that they produce.

Scoil Acla summer school - July 25th to July 31st.
Offering lessons, workshops and recitals of traditional Irish music, dance and culture... See for more details.

Summer Courtyard Market Noon-5pm
Saturday, August 13th 2011
Traders from all over Mayo with a great selection of local produce, baking, jams, vegetables, pottery, silk & woodcraft, artisan cheese and food products, arts & crafts.

BBQ food served all afternoon.
Family Fun Day - Bouncy Castle, Balloon Sculpture, Face Painting & more.
Great prizes, raffle & auction in aid of Achill Lifeboats.

10pm Live Music with The Stone Cold Band - funk, soul and Rock 'n' Roll!

August 19th/20th: Theatre at The Valley House - "Dublin by Lamplight" a play directed by Gorretti Slavin, performed by "In the Club" Theatre Productions. A hugely entertaining melodrama written by Michael West and structured on James Joyce’s Ulysses. The tale covers the doings of an eventful day in 1904, as a group of theatre enthusiasts struggle to create an Irish national theatre in a city swarming with cops, crooks, and soldiery, while the King of England makes a royal visit.

Performances on Friday 19th at 8pm and Saturday 20th at 8pm.

Tickets - €10/€7 from The Valley House Bar. Limited availability, get 'em while they're hot!

Achill Roar - Saturday 10th September, 2011 Adventure racing event - See for more information.



Faerie Trail


Sunday 6th May 2012 8:45pm
Achill Island Comedy Madness Show
at The Valley House!