Mayo community mourns loss of beloved live events festival

The cancellation of the Killala Live Festival for 2024 has left the north Mayo community reeling over the loss of a beloved event that has been a highlight of the local calendar for years.

Organisers made the announcement via a statement on the festival's social media page, citing a disappointing turnout at a recent meeting and minimal community uptake as reasons for the decision.

Key figures involved in the festival's organisation expressed their gratitude to everyone who has supported the event over the years.

The statement marks the end of an era for the Killala Live Festival, which has featured notable acts such as the Thumbling Paddies and the Whistling Donkeys, entertaining the harbour town.

Dave Alexander, a local election candidate for Fianna Fáil, expressed his appreciation, saying, "Thank you to all Killala Live Events. You brought us lots of great memories from fantastic festivals over the years. You also made a lot of kids happy at Christmas with the visit of Santa, and huge crowds of people have come to Killala as a result of all the hard work and time given voluntarily by a fantastic committee."

The festival was known for its vibrant atmosphere and diverse entertainment line-up, offering music performances and family-friendly activities that brought joy to the people of Killala and beyond.