Mayo Day is an annual celebration of our ‘Mayo-ness’ in Mayo communities worldwide, and an opportunity for Mayo people at home and away to celebrate all that is great about our progressive, can-do county. It is a chance for businesses, communities, families friends and individuals to celebrate who we are and where we come from, on a day in the calendar year that recognises Mayo and its people.
The unique concept, driven by Mayo County Council, sees events take place in towns and villages around Mayo, while at the same time events will be scheduled in Mayo communities overseas. All across the county and beyond, Mayo people decorate their houses, shop fronts and work buildings for Mayo Day, wear green and red to work, get their flags out in the garden and do their bit to show their love for the county.
Here in North Mayo we have plenty to be proud of and in celebration of Mayo Day, we have compiled a list of the greatest things about this part of our beautiful county.
One of the all-time greatest Gaelic footballers to ever play the game, the legend himself is a proud Crossmolina man and has donned the maroon colours of the North Mayo club, Crossmolina Deel Rovers with pride year after year.
2. The Wild Atlantic Way.
The Wild Atlantic Way is becoming a global trademark for high quality tourism and we are proud that the route in North Mayo is its heartbeat and boasts some of the most stunning sights in the country. Mayo is a spectacular county, with the Wild Atlantic Way successfully showcasing our beauty to the world.
3. Events and Festivals.
Ballina in particular is a Mayo town well renowned for its great quality of events and festivals. The Salmon Capital of Ireland boasts a variety of events such as sports races like An Post Ras, the Republic Of Ireland Strongest man competition and cultured events like French Mayo, the famous Ballina Salmon Festival and Samhain Abhainn (the Halloween Festival).
4. Mayo Mammies.
We have the best of Irish Mammies here in the West, and we pay tribute to them because they are one of a kind. If you don’t believe us, check out these Internet sensations who all hail from the North of Mayo.
5. The Seven Wonders.
Finally, and at number 5 we have the spectacular sights that make the north of Mayo beautiful. We call them the Seven wonders and they are the Ceide Fields in Ballycastle, Downpatrick Head (also in Ballycastle), the magnificent abbeys at Rosserk and Moyne, The Round Tower in Killala, Nephin Mountain & Pontoon and finally The Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina. The 7 wonders have everything to make your trip to the north of mayo special and meaningful with as much history, scenery and adventure as you like.
So there you have it folks, be sure to wear the red and green of Mayo with pride and fervour this Mayo Day and to help you get in the spirit, we will finish the post with a bit of the Saw Doctors. Sing along now!