Mayo Day

  • Mayo County Council will be introducing several ‘greening’ elements to this year’s Mayo Day event at the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life, in Turlough House on Saturday May 4th.

    ‘The Mayo Word’ is a fun, free, family event which is celebrating the fifth annual Mayo Day running from 12 noon until 6pm.

    A number of initiatives will be taking place to ensure the day runs smoothly and ‘Green’ for the benefit of those attending and our environment.

    A free shuttle bus service will run between Castlebar Library and Turlough Village from 11.30am to 6.30pm on Mayo Day. 

    As parking in Turlough Village is extremely limited, visitors to the Mayo Word are strongly encouraged to park in any of the public car parks around Castlebar Library and use this free service. 

    The service, which is being organised in conjunction with Local Link Mayo, will be fully wheelchair accessible.  Wheelchair users are advised to pre-book before Saturday, May 4th by calling 094 904 7571 or 094 904 7642.

    Attendees are also encouraged to use the Greenway, which runs from Castlebar town center to Turlough House, as a means of getting to the venue.

    On the day the council is encouraging all visitors to go plastic free by choosing tap water over bottled water. Refill Ireland will be present on the day with their Mobile Hydration Stations providing easy access to drinking water on the day.

    The first 60 people who arrive at the Mayo Day Event using the Greenway will be rewarded with a free reusable drink bottle made from natural biodegradable materials. Everyone attending on the day is reminded to bring their own drink bottle to the event so that they can refill on the day.

    The local authority will also be greening the event by providing highly visible festival bins throughout the park for visitors to easily recycle on the day. They will also be providing bins for food waste & compostable packaging on the day and our team of ‘Green Your Festival’ volunteers will be available on the day to offer advice. 

    Younger visitors on the day will also be able to take part in some creative green themed workshops.  To learn more about the environment and climate change, pop into the Neighbourhood tent.

    To further reduce the environmental impact of the event Mayo County Council will be using their electric vans to transport materials and from the site in the run up to the event. These vans will be on display at Mayo Day.

  • Mayo GAA, Mayo County Council and Intersports Elverys have come together for a very special campaign in celebration of one of the best-loved days of the year. This year’s #MayoDay on Saturday 4th May will be celebrated in Mayo, New York and around the globe. To mark the day in a special way, a strictly limited-edition Mayo Day GAA jersey will be worn by the county’s footballers for their first-round championship game against New York in Gaelic Park on Sunday 5th May.

    The inspiration behind the #MayoDayJersey campaign comes from Mayo people, both at home and abroad, their pride and passion for the green and red has been running through the veins of Mayo, and the streets of New York for centuries. The Mayo Day jersey is an emblem for all the men and women who wear and have worn the colours with great pride, as we do here in Mayo.ie.

    The retro design of the jersey reflects the quintessential GAA look and is modelled on the traditional style of a football jersey as a nod to the many pride-filled days in MacHale Park, Croke Park and Gaelic Park, where the green and red of Mayo has shone brightly from the stands.

    Speaking of today’s exciting announcement, Peter Hynes, CE of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day is an award-winning campaign that connects with our Mayo people around the globe. It is a unique initiative, in that we are the first and only County that celebrates the achievements of our people, our rich heritage, culture and community spirit on one dedicated day. if you are from Mayo, have visited Mayo or, like many people, have a Grá for Mayo, Mayo Day connects us all on this one special day. This joint campaign for Mayo Day 2019 reinforces the pride and passion of the green and red that runs through the veins of Mayo people irrespective of where they are located in the world”

    Mike Connolly Chairperson of the County Board outlined “Mayo GAA touches the lives of so many people at home and abroad through our clubs and our county teams. The combination of both Mayo Day and Mayo GAA into one campaign of green and red, is momentous and we hope people will get behind it whether they are at the match or enjoying Mayo Day at home or further afield!”

    Manager of the Mayo Football team James Horan said “It is great to be part of the launch of the Commemorative jersey which will be worn for the New York game as part of this year’s Mayo Day celebrations. Putting on a Mayo jersey is a huge source of pride for every Mayo player and is something that they are very aware of. We want to thank Mayo.ie for all their support for the Mayo team and for running the #MayoDay campaign over the past 5 years.”

    Managing Director at Elverys, Pat Rowland outlined “We are delighted to work with MAYO.IE and Mayo County Board on this campaign. The Mayo Day campaign has garnered worldwide attention over the last five years and the MayoDay jersey is a perfect fit for 2019.  Our designers here at Elverys worked closely with mayo.ie on the design of this limited-edition Retro style jersey which has already been received positively by players and supporters alike”.

  • West Mayo councillors appeared stunned yesterday when it was revealed that GMA funding withheld from local voluntary groups, was accessed by council management to fund its own events like Mayo Day.

    The news was revealed at a special draft 2019 budget meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District yesterday evening.

    GMA funding, monies given out to voluntary groups from a fund controlled by councillors, was stalled this year in West Mayo because council management insisted the GMA could not be paid out unless councillors agreed to raise more money in car parking fees. In the case of west Mayo that additional funding could be secured through car parking charges being introduced on Westport streets. Just last month councillors who had long opposed the idea of on street car parking charges eventually agreed to allow them to go ahead in Westport. They will come into operation early in 2019.

    Yesterday councillors demanded answers from council management as to why they were not informed of the GMA allocations to Mayo Day and the twinning celebrations for St Patrick’s Day.

    Newport based independent councillor Michael Holmes told Midwest News this morning that he and other councillors are not questioning the value of these allocations but rather the process that was used to approve them in light of the controversial year regarding GMA allocations.