As we gear up for Mayo Day – five reasons why Mayo is great!

A global celebration of Mayo-ness!

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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.


1. Ciaran Mc Donald.mcdonald

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.

Mayo GAA is like a religion in the county, with some claimingCiaran Mc is the best to ever done the famous green and red. The infamous Mayo For Sam campaign endures in 2018, but one thing is for sure, following Mayo football is never, ever boring.


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 and of course, we can boast owning the longest stretch of the route! From Killala Bay to Clew Bay, there is nothing quite like our incredible coastline.

Ceide Fields test for MoyValley

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 including sports races like The River Moy Half Marathon, the Wild Atlantic 10-Miler, and fantastic festivals like the famous Ballina Salmon Festival, Killala Live and Samhain Abhainn, Ballina’s Halloween Festival. In all, we’ve over 100 events (and counting) in our calendar and it’s filling up all the time! See our event calendar for more information and to plan your trip.

Ballina Salmon Festival Fireworks Display 2017



4. Our famous connections

There are lots and lots of famous and influential people hailing from this part of the world, but Mayo’s connections truly do run deep. From ex-President Mary Robinson, to founder of the Argentine Navy, William Browne, to Grace O’Malley (Grainnauile the Pirate Queen, to Charles Boycott, after whom the word was named, our stories go back generations.

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.


Rosserk Abbey Killala Co. Mayo


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!


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