The Mayo International Choral Festival, the brainchild of Edward (Eamonn) Horkan, was inspired by a concert for the Mayo Memorial Peace Park whereby several choirs performed in unison in the Royal Theatre. Eamonn, a member of the Mayo Male Voice Choir, attended many choral festivals worldwide and with this experience set about organizing the festival.

The festival takes the form of several international male/female adult choirs travelling to Mayo in late May each year, to partake on a competitive and non-competitive basis. Their visit will include a number of evening and daily performances county-wide, tours of Mayo and a gala concert in the Royal Theatre on Saturday night. The theme of the festival is to allow choirs to meet with other choirs, relax and enjoy a great weekend in the beautiful West of Ireland.

The festival has the support of the Lions Clubs and local Mayo choral groups in the different towns, to coordinate concerts by the visiting choirs in each of the towns, and to act as hosts for the visiting choirs.

The festival is funded by Mayo County Council, South West Mayo Development Company, under the Rural Development Programme  2007-2013, and the Irish Government National Development Plan, 2007-2013, Failte Ireland and also has the support of numerous other sponsors.


January 2011 General meeting with all Mayo based interested parties. February 2011: Attended Failte Ireland Regional Briefings, Knockranny Hotel, Westport March 2011: Discussions with Failte Ireland Meeting with Sligo Choral Festival director. Development of logo and branding April 2011: Holding page for website completed. Mini Festival Brochure, designed and printed. May 2011: Travelled to Cornwall …

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Contact Us

Festival Office: C/o Edward Horkan, 5 Cashel Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland. Chairman, Edward Horkan: +353 (0)94 9026214 Festival Coordinator, Declan Durcan: +353 (0)94 9024421 Festival Fax:  +353 (0)94 9026421 Email: info@mayochoral.com Website: www.mayochoral.com

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