Manchester Irish Festival teams up with

Manchester Irish Festival teams up with Mayo County Council to Promote Mayo Day

The 2019 Manchester Irish Festival along with Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group have once again teamed up with Mayo County Council to help it promote its award winning global Mayo Day celebrations.

Mayo Day is now in its fifth year and takes place on Saturday 4 May 2019, it is a worldwide celebration of all things Mayo related and the worldwide diaspora are invited to turn the world Green and Red to celebrate the County Colours. This year’s theme is ‘The Mayo word’.
Tony Hennigan from the Manchester Irish Festival website commented “We are delighted to be working with Mayo County Council to promote its award winning global celebration during this year’s festival. It is great to see the connection to Mayo remaining so strong in Manchester, the Mayo Association of Manchester are one of the biggest associations in the UK and they always lend their support to the initiative.”
The Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business Group will be staging an exhibition called from Attymass to Ashford Castle which is a collection of images from last year’s award winning MMTradfest tour of Mayo, which saw the group involved in a week-long tour of the North, South, East and West of the County featuring over 500 performers at 100 events. The exhibition will feature some of the performers and the places they visited which include an insider’s view of the world famous Ashford Castle. The group were invited to perform at the Castle and given a guided tour of the Hotel which included a visit to the wine cellars which is normally only given to visiting celebrities or Heads of State.

Other events include ‘The Women’s Heart’ weekend which will feature a host of female performers with a Mayo Connection. The Tradfest weekend takes place over the St Patrick’s weekend on Saturday 16 March and Sunday 17 March at Fred’s Ale House and live Music venue. Performers include BBC Singer songwriter and Mayo Manchester Tradfest performer ‘Claire Mooney’ who is celebrating thirty years in the music industry this year. Claire performs a concert on St Patrick’s Eve in the venue and the five piece ‘Moor Irish’ Trad group perform on St Patrick’s Evening itself.

A special Mayo Day Evening Tradfest concert will take place in m19 Music Venue on Saturday4 May featuring the Mayo Man himself, Mr Peter Mylett, the award winning singer will be launching his ‘Greenway Song’ on the night. Also performing on the night are the Grace Kennedy School of Irish Dancing and the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band.
The 2019 Mayo Day is to be dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities, and unquenchable spirit of County Mayo returns for its 5th year, Saturday 4th May 2019.

It has garnered international recognition as a highly anticipated yearly celebration of Mayo community ethos, with activities taking place locally, nationally and internationally, catapulting the ties of Mayo togetherness onto a global scale. The Mayo Day 2018 ‘Made of Mayo’ event in Ballinrobe Racecourse was a great success, bringing people from throughout the county and far beyond together in celebration.
2019 sees the launch of a new theme for Mayo Day: The Mayo Word, representing our communities, our creativity, our connection to a pride of place both here in this county and around the globe. The Mayo Word will be discussed, celebrated and defined through this Mayo Day campaign that will be launched in Spring 2019, culminating in a flagship event taking place at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough on Saturday 4th May 2019.

Announcing Mayo Day 2019, Blackie Gavin Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day is a leading campaign of Mayo County Council that has gone from strength to strength over the past four years, from local national and international events, to an online social media presence that saw #MayoDay trending around the world. Mayo Day is a force to be reckoned with! I am delighted to see the 2019 flagship event take place at the National Museum in Turlough, the perfect setting for a festival of all things Mayo. it will be a wonderful opportunity for people from across the county and country to celebrate with the Mayo community”

Involving writers, poets, historians, musicians, business leaders and thinkers, athletes, innovators, communities and children; the campaign will focus on all the elements of where the Mayo Word can be found in discourse, stories, poetry, song, even non-verbal communication.
Peter Hynes CE of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day 2019 is all about asking ourselves the questions; what does being part of the Mayo community mean to me? How do I communicate my sense of pride of being from Mayo? The Mayo Word and how it is conveyed into action will be represented throughout all elements this year’s Mayo Day campaign and we ask people at home and away to start thinking about how they might like to get involved this year”

Now more than ever Mayo writers are achieving awards, accolades and top positions on best-selling lists around the world. Castlebar native Sally Rooney’s widely-acclaimed ‘Normal People’ scooped the coveted Eason Book Club Novel of the Year and was also shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Mike McCormick’s ‘Solar Bones’ is a one of the most celebrated new novels by an Irish writer in recent times. Cora Staunton’s award-winning biography and Mary Robinson’s ‘Climate Justice’ are two contemporary new releases that are making waves on the Irish bestsellers’ lists. Mayo writing has never been so relevant and the Mayo Word will honour and celebrate these achievements, along with many others.
Getting involved in Mayo Day 2019 will be easy for everyone. Communities, schools and third-level institutions will be involved in this year’s campaign, as well as businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators. The theme will be considered and cultivated through many local events and get-togethers . The flagship festival event will see the beautifully set Turlough house and gardens , transformed into a hive of Mayo Day celebration and creative wonderment with something for all the family and admission is free – further details will be announced in early 2019.

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