A Weekend to Remember at MayFest 2024  

a group of participants and volunteers standing on the green at Stackstown Golf Club

Tuesday May 28th, 2024 – Press Release 

A Weekend to Remember at MayFest 2024  

The 43rd annual Mayfest, which is Vision Sports Ireland’s festival of sport weekend, proved itself to be, yet again, a resounding success with over 371 attendees throughout the weekend. Held in Dublin on May 25th and 26th, this year’s event featured a wide array of sports and activities for people who are blind or vision impaired, along with their families and friends.  

a group of 12 young participants after competing in their football blitz holding a VSI sign.

For the third consecutive year, UCD was the venue for Saturday’s main “Come and Try” event. Activities were held across the UCD sports grounds in the indoor halls, hockey pitch, astroturf pitches, swimming pool and on to the athletics track. Throughout the day there was a wide range of sports and activities available for participants to take part in including karate, rowing, cycling, golf, rock climbing, GAA, target shooting, weightlifting, football, rugby, athletics, tennis, activity classes and much, much more.  

A highlight of the weekend was our family-friendly social event on Saturday evening at the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan. Vision Sports Ireland Chairperson Barry Ennis opened the night, followed by the presentation of awards to the most recent Youth Leaders. Paralympic triathlon hopeful Donnacha McCarthy also joined the event for an engaging Q&A session, discussing his sporting journey and aspirations for Paris 2024. 

two young male participants wearing their green VSI t-shirts taking part in Hang Time at Explorium.

Sunday’s activities included a golf session at Stackstown Golf Club, followed by a family-friendly event at Explorium National Science and Sports Centre. Explorium offered participants the opportunity to experience sports, science, technology and adventure all under one roof with the highlight for many being the lightning show experience.  

a participant jumps in the air smiling in front of a Vision Sports Ireland sign

National Sports Development Manager, Pádraig Healy commented ‘What a fantastic weekend we had for the 43rd edition of MayFest at various venues across Dublin including UCD Sports Complex, Stackstown Golf Club and Explorium. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all participants, volunteers, National Governing Bodies for Sport and host venues who supported an incredible array of sports across the weekend. We had numerous members try new activities for the first time including target shooting, Vision Impaired rugby, weightlifting and rock climbing to name just a few. Saturday evening provided an opportunity to meet old and new friends at the MayFest social evening at the Talbot Hotel. We extend our appreciation to all our partners who supported us across the weekend’ 

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