2018 Mayo Day Promotion helps turn St Patrick's Parade Green and Red

The Mayo.ie Mayo Day promotion at this years 2018 Manchester Irish Festival has been hailed as a great success. The promotion started on Saturday 3 March at the annual Mayo Association of Manchester Dinner where it received a warm welcome at the hugely popular event. The venue was turned Green and Red and provided a warm Mayo welcome to the promotion of the global Mayo Day.

A night for two at the four star Hotel Ballina the first of four prizes to be given away during the promotion during the Manchester Irish Festival was won by Mellisa McDowell. The following weekend saw its second promotion at the sell out International Womens Day gig on Saturday 10 March featuring BBC Songwriter, Claire Mooney at Fred's Ale House where David Jones won Brunch for two at Creel Restaurant in Westport. On Sunday 11 March the city was turned Green and Red for the annual St Patrick's Parade where tens of thousands of people lined the streets to cheer on the parade which is 2.5 miles long.

The Parade was led by The Mayo Manchester Tradfest stars, The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band who this year are celebrating their 70th anniversary with a tour of Mayo from the 2nd to 8th August as part of the annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest. The President of the Mayo Association of Manchester, Marcella Wilkinson led the Association float along with the Manchester based Phoenix Pipe Band, the Michael Davitt Society. Allan Sice from Excel Excavations gave his trucks a 'Mayo Day' rebranding in honour of his Ballinrobe father, he was delighted to hear that this years Mayo Day celebrations in the County will be at Ballinrobe Race course. Allan is a strong supporter of the annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest which is now in its sixth year in Mayo.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group and the organiser of the Mayo Day promotion commented "We got a great support for our Mayo Day promotion at the parade from everyone involved, even those groups who did not have a connection to Mayo were only too happy to lend their support."

Groups support the Mayo Day promotion at the Parade included: The Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group, The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, The Mayo Association of Manchester, Excel Excavations, Michael Davitt Society, The Manchester Phoenix Pipe Band, The Oldham Scottish Pipe Band, The Grace Kennedy School of Irish Dancing, Anne-Marie Kelly from the Roscommon Association, Mags McGagh from The Longford Association of Manchester and TP Halligan.

For St Patrick's Day itself on Saturday 17 March, Levenshulme village which is home to one of the biggest Mayo diaspora communities in the UK will be invited to wear the Green and Red to get a chance to win a night in the Gateway Hotel in Swinford. The prize will be raffled off at the 25th anniversary of Hennigans Hooley on Saint Patrick's Day at the Union in Levenshulme.

On the same day the star prize of a two night stay at the 4 star Hotel Westport and a two day pass at the award winning Westport House will be launched on the same day. To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize people just have to name the County that Hotel Westport and Westport House are situated in and to send their contact details to mayomanchester@gmail.com with #MayoDay prize in the subject heading. The prize will be drawn on the Mayo Day celebrations in Manchester on Saturday 5 May.