Mayo and Manchester continue unique Tourism intiative

Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group was formed in 2011 by Lawrence and Tony Hennigan whose aims ave been to develop Tourism and Business links between County Mayo in the West of Ireland and Manchester in the UK.

Close partnesrships have been formed between the disapora website www.mayo.ie, Mayo County Council, Mayo Enterprise and a number of companies, tourism groups and performers which have been working with groups like the Manchester Mayo association, the Manchester Irish Festival and the Levenshulme Festival.

To date the group have helped promote the annual Ballina Salmon Festival where it was awarded the international press award for its help in generating world wide media exposure for the festival which attracts over 100,000 visitors to North Mayo each year. In 2013 it was named as the organiser of the UKs biggest Gathering in Ireland by Tourism Ireland for its ten day Mayo Manchester gathering in North Mayo. Other notable succeses include its sell out 2014 Mayo Manchester Tradfest in Dublin's City Hall in Templebar and its help in promoting the inaugural world wide Mayo Day celebrations on Saturday 2 May 2015. It managed to get Mayo GAA star Cillian O'Connor to promote the historic day at Manchester United's Old Trafford Football ground for the United v Liverpool Derby in front of 75,000 people. It also helped co-ordinate Niagara Falls to be turned the County colours of Green and Red as well as stage its own Mayo Day weekend and promote Mayo Day events in New York, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong.

This year it is staging its own 6 Day Mayo Manchester Tradfest in North Mayo featuring over 500 performers with 50 events at 20 diffrent venues.

Its Business promotion has included the formation of a Mayo Manchester networking group which stages an annual lunch as well as helping to promote and launch a number of companies. The group has worked closely with the Nephin Whiskey Company, the Reel Deel Brewery, the Ballina Manor Hotel, Fashion House Erin Bijoux and the Mayo Model Agency, Atlantic Rhtthm Productions and Beyond the Barricade Musical.