10 Reasons to Press the Green Button to return Home to Mayo

Tourism Ireland has officially announced the launch of the ‘Green Button’ campaign as the island rolls out the green carpet to holidaymakers and opens its doors to tourists in the coming months.

By encouraging residents to press the ‘Green Button’, the campaign delivers the message to ‘book now’ and creates a commitment to travel by pressing a green button – green being the colour of ‘go’ and the colour universally connected with the island of Ireland.

A Global series of festivals have been arranged and Mayo County Council have arranged a 'Home to Mayo' Festival from the 1st to 31st May to welcome the Mayo diaspora throughout the world back to their beloved County. Mayo Manchester have arranged a week long Mayo Manchester Tradfest from the 26 to 31 May to coincide with the UK's Bank holiday and whit holiday break.

There are exciting ways to plan a trip to take in all of this and more on Ireland.com alongside a wealth of accommodation, outdoor and wellness, luxury, activities, foodie and other travel offers.

Here are Ten reasons to visit Mayo

1. Enjoy a visit to Ashford Castle and Cong

The 5 Star award winning Ashford Castle in Cong is one of the best Hotels in the World and the Castle was once owned by the Guinness Family. Situated in Cong village in South Mayo, the village is where the 'Quiet Man' featuring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara was filmed. Watch out for the promenade performance by the Mayo Manchester Tradfest.

2. Enjoy an Irish Music, Song and Dance Concert
Make sure you grab a ticket to the Mayo Manchester Home to Mayo Gala Concert hosted by Alan Keegan the Voice of Old Trafford from Manchester United Football Club and featuring a host of performers from Mayo and Manchester.

3. Visit Achill Ireland
Achill Island is in West Mayo and is home to 5 Blue Flag beaches and has attracted a wealth of film crews from Hollywood to film their blockbuster Irish Films on the Island. Don't worry about having to catch a boat to the Island as Access to the Island is through Achill Sound Bridge, where you can drive straight onto the Island.

4. Meet up with your old friends and relatives in Attymass
Make sure you visit the rural village of Attymass to enjoy a music session in the Siohnach Rua (Red Fox) or visit the world famous Fr Peyton Centre home to 'Fr Peyton' the Rosary Priest. The village in North Mayo has an abundance of historic artefacts dating back to the Celtic invasion which include Ogham Stones, Wedge Graves and Ringforts.

5. Celebrate the Closing weekend of the festival with a Fireworks Display in Ballina
Enjoy a free fireworks display over the world famous River Moy in Ballina.

6. Enjoy a display of Sean Nos Dancing
Catch the award winning Ganley Sisters demonstrating the Traditional Sean nos style of Barrel and Brush Dancing

7. Love Irish Pipe Bands?
Then make sure you catch one of the performances of the UK's longest running Pipe Bands - The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band. The band will be performing all over Mayo with the Mayo Manchester Tradfest from the 26 to 31 May

8. Love Trad Music?
Make sure you catch the award winning Centre Stage Vocal Academy Traditional Irish Musicians and singers from Ballina performing with the Mayo Manchester Tradfest

9. Cheer on St Lawrences GAA Club
Make sure you cheer on St Lawrences GAA Club from Manchester on their tour of Mayo

10. Enjoy a night out in Ballina
With numerous friendly pubs playing live music and restaurants serving top class food, a night out in Ballina is a must on any visit to Mayo, there is a wide variety of Hotels and accommodation to suit every taste and pocket from Air B n B to 5 Star Boutique Hotels.