Manchester start countdown to Home to Mayo 2022 festival in the UK

Manchester start Home to Mayo countdown in the UK

Alan Keegan the voice of Old Trafford at Manchester United Football Club and a member of the Mayo Manchester Tradfest is pictured here at the ground launching the countdown to the group's flagship week long festival which will take place during the last week of May (26-31) in Mayo as one of the highlights of the month long Mayo.ie 'Home to Mayo 2022' festival.

The Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group are staging a series of free Irish Concerts to promote ‘Home to Mayo 2022’ festival during this year’s 2021 Levenshulme Festival. The concerts on Friday 29 October will feature Joe Keegan from the BBC TV show 'The Voice' and Niamh Finan whose parents have a house in Ballycastle overlooking Dun Briste in County Mayo.

Joe who has just finished supporting Nathan Carter in front of 2,500 fans at the Sold Out ‘Craic on the Creek’ festival will be performing with the Royal Northern College of Music Fiddle player – Grainne White at the Union Irish Music bar. Whilst Niamh who is an Irish Singer songwriter as well as being an accomplished Irish Dance and Actor is performing next door at Fred’s Ale House in Levenshulme village in South Manchester.

The group have been working with Achill Island Hotel and the Broadhaven Hotel to give visitors to the concerts a chance to win a free holiday in Mayo on the night. Levenshulme village is home to one of the biggest Mayo diaspora communities in the UK and was selected as the ideal location to officially start the countdown to the Home to Mayo 2022 Festival.

Mayo Manchester are to stage their award winning Mayo Manchester Tradfest from the 26 to 31 May in Mayo as one of the flagship events of the month long Home to Mayo Festival. The week long Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance Festival hopes to feature one hundred performers from Mayo and Manchester performing at one hundred events. The events will take place all over Mayo from Attymass and Ballina in the North to Ashford Castle and Cong in the South to Claremorris in the East and Westport and Achill in the West.

Tony Hennigan the CEO of the group said “We are delighted to be involved in Mayo.ie historic event, the festival hopes to attract the Mayo diaspora from all over the world. Everyone is really excited about coming home to Mayo in Manchester and the hotels in Mayo have been really supportive. We are planning another series of events at the Manchester Irish Festival in March and the award winning Ashford Castle who are one of our venues for our festival in May have offered us a fantastic prize along with Ballina’s Ice House Hotel.”

“The festival in Mayo during the last week of May is just finalising the line-up of performers and final list of venues , anyone who would like to get involved can just email mayomanchester@gmail.com or contact us on 00447912512977, or visit our website www.mayomanchester.com

Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club