Peace Bridge in New York to be turned Green and Red

Proud Mayo man Padraic D Walsh J.D. from Kiltimagh has come up trumps again for this years 2018 Worldwide 'Mayo Day'. In 2015 he managed to help get the world famous Niagara Falls lit up in the County Colours for the inagural Mayo Day and this year he has managed to arrange to have the world famous Peace Bridge in the USA turned Green and Red to celebrate this years celebrations.

The Peace Bridge straddles the Niagara River and connects Buffalo, New York in the USA to Ontario, Canada. The Peace Bridge will be lit in the green and red colors of Mayo on Thursday, May 3 to start the worldwide countdown to Mayo Day on Saturday 5 May. The lighting will begin at dusk and continue through to 4am on Friday 4 May.

When asked to comment about the event the Buffalo based School of Law University Lectuer replied "The lighting of the Peace Bridge will help bring an international flavor to Mayo Day, and demonstrate the reaches around the globe that Mayo people have."

The original idea had come from a tweet from the director of Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group, Tony Hennigan, who has been one of the biggest supporters of Mayo County Council’s Mayo Day project. In 2015 he just sent a tweet out asking for the Mayo Diaspora around the world to get involved in the global Mayo Day celebration, which is being organised by Mayo County Council’s Enterprise and Development Unit (LEO Office).”

“We have just been encouraging people all over the world to get behind the Mayo Day project. We started with the Manchester press launch at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans with Mayo GAA star Cillian O’Connor. Over Christmas we had seen that New York had managed to turn the Empire State Building Green and Red, so I sent out a tweet asking if anyone could manage to do the same thing at Niagara Falls. It is great to see Padraic continuing to be involved in the global project and securing the lighting of the Peace Bridge. We are staging our own Mayo Day Tradfest in Manchester and are flying over the Murphy Sisters from Mayo to headline the concert at M19Bar and music venue on Saturday 5 May.” said Mr Hennigan."

“It is great to see the Mayo Diaspora getting involved in the celebration, our own plans in Manchester are going really well. It would be great to see over cities around the globe putting on their own unique event, it does not have to be as ambitious as the Peace Bridge or Niagara project, I know that Laing ORourke in Hong Kong got their workers to down tools to sing the Green and Red of Mayo for Mayo Day and Lahardane man Derek Davidson climbed Everest. The Dublin Mayo Association got the International Centre lit up in the capital and Westport House turned their world famous building in Westport ‘Green and Red’. This year Mayo County Council are staging their Made of Mayo showcase at Ballinrobe Racecourse as one of the major highlights ” added Mr Hennigan.

Mayo Day organiser Martina Hughes from Mayo.ie added: “Mayo Day has really caught the imagination of the Mayo diaspora around the globe. The countdown to this global party has now started and we look forward to hearing from as many groups and organisations with a connection to Mayo to take on the Mayo spirit and help us turn the world Green and Red.”

This years Mayo Day celebrations take place over the May bank holiday weekend on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May. For more details about the global celebration and how to get involved visit www.mayo.ie