Mayo Manchester Tradfest hailed a Piping success by Mayo County Council

Mayo Manchester Tradfest hailed a Piping success by Mayo County Council

The six day sell out Mayo Manchester Tradfest has been hailed as a piping success by the 40,000 visitors who attended the groups eight main events and forty two fringe events in and around Ballina in North Mayo.

Joanne Grehan the Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Mayo & Head of Enterprise & Investment at Mayo County Council was asked to launch their performance at the Bonniconlon Show which had an attendance of over 30,000 people. In her speech she commented “Mayo Manchester have been heavily involved with promoting Tourism intiatives in Ireland since 2011. They were heavily involved as our partners in the Gathering in 2013 and our inaugural world wide Mayo Day celebrations which saw 12.5 million people log onto our website and join in the celebrations. We were indebted to their help with promoting it and connecting with the Mayo diasoora around the globe. This week long festival of Irish Music, Song and Dance and the Business lunch put on by Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group has been a huge success. As well as attracting a huge number of visitors to the County it has continued to help us develop our cultural and business links between the two areas.”

Tony Hennigan the director of Mayo Manchester added “The sun might not have been out on every single day of the week long festival but it has not stopped the 500 performers putting a smile on everyone's faces at the 50 different events. It has been an action packed 6 days with countless sell out shows and standing ovations. I know that the unique tourism initiative which solely featured acts from Mayo and Manchester has been a great success with the audiences and the Hotels with hardly a room available anywhere in Ballina. It was great to launch it in Ballina which is fast becoming a cultural focal point for Mayo, but we loved visit the different villages and venues in and around North Mayo and Westport.”

“We would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters for their help, these included:, Ballina Chamber, Failte Ireland, FSB Insurance, Kilkelly Heritage weekend, Siamsa Sraide, Bonniconlon Agricultural Show and Ireland West Airport.”

The six day tradfest was launched with a parade through Ballina, followed by an open air lunch concert in the cobbled courtyard of Dillons Bar and Restaurant. Other highlights included sell out concerts at the Ballina Arts Centre, Kilkelly Parish Church for the Kilkelly Heritage weekend, the Bonniconlon Show, Siamsa Sraide, Hotel Westport and Enniscoe House in Crossmolina.

Performers involved in the week long Tradfest from mayo include: Copperplate Ceili Band, All Ireland Sean Nos and Irish Dancers - The Ganley Sisters, Atlantic Rhythm, The Moffatt School of Irish Dancing, World Champion Irish Dancers Stephen Gallager and Lisa Lavelle, The Murphy Sisters, the cast of Beyond the Barricade the musical, Kilkelly CCE and Kilmovee CCE musicians, flatout, Le Cheile, Full House Ceili Band performers from Manchester included: the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance, Joe Keegan from the BBC TV series the Voice, the award winning Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Fidelma Obrien and Mairead Hussey and a host of other musical groups, singers and dancers.

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