Woodland Faerie Trail at The Valley House
The Valley House, Achill opened a new woodland Faerie Trail this Easter, 2016. Come explore this stunning woodland walk with Irish folk tales, faerie villages, faerie rings, leprechauns and much more. The Faerie Trail is open from 10am until dark (Open All Year, 7 Days a Week!) and costs €2 per person.
Read the fascinating history of The Yellow Lady and the Achill Outrage in the new Valley House courtyard history display. The Valley House Bar will be open and serving refreshments; also visit The Yellow Lady Design Centre for a great selection of gifts and Mayo crafts.
Language Camp West
Language Camp West offer one and two-week residential French and German Summer Camps for teenagers based at The Valley House
on gorgeous Achill Island. Language tuition and immersion is combined
with adventure sports & activities. Click here for Secure Online Booking and lots more info.
Mayo's Bestest Pizza!
The Valley House Bar serves freshly made stone-baked pizzas every evening. We were recently voted one of the Top Five Pizzas in County Mayo...come and try one for yourself!
The Yellow Lady Design Centre, Craft & Vintage Store Visit this unique store
located in The Valley House Courtyard packed with gorgeous crafts and
art from local Mayo designers. The brainchild of Sabine Wandel of Blackfield Clothing Studio, The Yellow Lady
Design Centre & Craft School is a cooperation between designers
and crafts people from the Achill and Mayo areas. It includes the work
of people such as Roger Harley (pottery), Sheila Moran (fused glass
jewellery), Richy Needham (photography), Liam Kelly (bogwood sculpture),
Suzie Sullivan (textile artwork), Brendan Moran (silver jewellery) and
is now the main Blackfield Clothing Studio and Hot-Totz outlet on Achill
Island. New for 2014 is the Achill Eclectics Vintage Store. Please
do drop in, give us a call or check out our Facebook page to find out what's
"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 Tel.+353-98-47204. 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
-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.
Saturday August 18th 2012 Noon-5pm Summer Courtyard Market & Family
Local arts & crafts, baking, vegetables, food, jewellery and more.
Donkey Rides, Bouncy Castle, Kids Entertainment
In aid of Achill Lifeboats RNLI
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.
the Scoil Acla website for more information...
Friday 4th May 2012: Achill Walks Festival Welcome Reception, 8pm - Charge:
Come and enjoy some light refreshments, take the opportunity to meet your
guides and fellow walkers.
Saturday 5th May 2012 11.30am
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
Half Marathon: July 2nd, 2011
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
Scoil Acla summer school - July
25th to July 31st. Offering lessons, workshops and recitals of traditional Irish music,
dance and culture... See scoilacla.com
for more details.
BBQ food served all afternoon.
Family Fun Day - Bouncy Castle, Balloon Sculpture, Face Painting &
Great prizes, raffle & auction in aid of Achill Lifeboats.
10pm Live Music with The Stone Cold Band - funk, soul and Rock 'n' Roll!
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. Tel
098-47204 or get your tickets in The Valley House Bar. Limited availability,
get 'em while they're hot!
Roar - Saturday 10th September, 2011 Adventure racing
event - See www.roar.ie
for more information.