Mayo Day launches countdown to Summer Tradfest

Mayo Day launches countdown to Summer Tradfest

The Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group started the countdown to its 6 day summer Tradfest with a mammoth 72 hour celebration during the #MayoDay weekend. The group staged a three day celebration in Manchester which kicked off at 8pm on Friday 29 April and was still going strong until the early hours of Monday 2 May. They also staged a simultaneous Mayo Manchester Mayo Day Tradfest in Ballina in North Mayo.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented “With just twelve weeks to go to our Mayo Manchester Tradfest in Ballina we wanted to do something in Manchester and Mayo to promote our six day Irish music, song and dance festival which runs from Friday 29 July to Wednesday 3 August.”

“What better way of promoting the festival than to stage a three day promotion during the Mayo Day weekend. It’s been a non-stop celebration of all things Green and Red, with Mayo GAA U21 winning the All Ireland on Mayo Day itself it will certainly be one that people won’t forget. The Twitter hashtag #MayoDay went a little bit crazy with over 10.6 million impressions, we had groups from all over the world tweeting their events and celebrations to us from Kenya to Kuala Lumpur. The world convention in Erris was certainly one of the highlights for us, but it was great to go back home to Attymass and Ballina to join in their celebrations. Ballina certainly pulled all the stops out with our Mayo Manchester Tradfest and the unveiling of the world’s largest 300 feet long Mayo Flag over the River Moy. We even got one Ballina native to get the world famous Whistler Ski resort in Canada lit up in the Green and Red.”

The event in Manchester started with a Tradfest at the Horseshoe featuring the Reel Rhythm Dance troupe, the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and an Irish session with Grace Kelly and friends. On Saturday 30 April, Fred’s Ale House staged the Ballina to Beijing Mayo Day Documentary photographic exhibition. Finally on Sunday the Chorlton Irish Club staged a Mayo Day Balloon Race sponsored by Excel Excavations, followed by a Mayo Day Family Fun day featuring the newly crowned Lord of the Dance – James Keegan and the Keegan Academy School of Irish Dancing. This was followed by an Irish session which featured a host of award winning musicians which include the multi award winning musician – Mike McGoldrick and a Celtic Rock night by Green Hot Clover.

Over in Mayo Lawrence and Tony Hennigan from the Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group attended the Mayo world convention in Erris and then staged their own Mayo Day Tradfest in Ballina. The event on Sunday 1 May was officially launched by Ballina TD, Dara Calleary with performances from TG4 TV’s Irish Country star, Pamela Gilmartin. There were also performances from the Heroes for Hospice lead singer, Patrick Lacken, plus Irish dancers and musicians from the highly acclaimed Atlantic Rhythm and acoustic performances from Brian Duffy and Dennis McCalmount.