Manchester set to visit Ballina to launch Mayo Day Tradfest

Mayo Manchester are flying into Ballina, Mayo to stage the Press launch for their forthcoming Mayo Manchester Tradfest on Sunday 1 May at 3pm in Dillons Courtyard.

The Manchester based Tourism and Business group have joined forces with Failte Ireland, the Ballina Chamber, and a number of performance groups in Manchester and Mayo to stage the annual 6 Day Irish, Music, Song and Dance festival which runs from Friday 29 July to Wednesday 3 August. With over 50 events being staged in and around Ballina the festival which is now in its second year has already received support from the Tourism Minister Michael Ring TD and the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented "We decided to stage this special free event to give people a taste of what is to come in the summer and to celebrate the worldwide Mayo Day. We want to try and meet as many venues and groups who want to get involved in this years event. If anyone cannot make the launch or would like further information they can email or visit our website at "

"We would like to thank the Ballina Chamber and the Ballina Salmon Festival and all the performers and venues who have already shown their support, it makes it so much easier to stage such a festival to work when everyone works together."

As well as the Mayo Day celebration in Ballina, Mayo Manchester have organised a Mayo Day weekend in Manchester.
The fun kicks kicks off with a Tradfest launch on Friday 29 April at the Horseshoe Levenshulme which is being filmed by Irish TV.

The event features a host of award winning performers which include the Fianna Phdraig Pipe Band, the Reel Rhythm Dancers and a Trad session led by Grace Kelly and friends. Fred's Ale House in Levenshulme will stage a special Mayo Day exhibition which will feature events from Ballina to Beijing in China. Finally the Keegan Academy will stage a special family friendly Mayo Day Sunday afternoon fun day at the Chorlton Irish club. The Green and Red themed event will feature food stalls, bouncy castle, disco, Irish Dancing displays and a fun piping workshop with the Fiann Phadraig Pipe band.

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