The 2019 Manchester Irish Festival along with Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group have once again teamed up with Mayo County Council for its award-winning global Mayo Day celebrations.

Mayo Day is now in its fifth year and takes place on Saturday 4 May 2019. The day is a worldwide celebration of all things Mayo related, and the worldwide diaspora are invited to turn the world Green and Red to celebrate the county colours. This year’s theme is ‘The Mayo Word’.

Tony Hennigan from the Manchester Irish Festival website www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk commented: “We are delighted to be working with Mayo County Council to promote its award winning global celebration during this year’s festival. It is great to see the connection to Mayo remaining so strong in Manchester. The Mayo Association of Manchester are one of the biggest associations in the UK and they always lend their support to the initiative.”

 

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County  Council, Councillor Blackie Gavin with Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band

The Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business Group will be staging an exhibition called ‘From Attymass to Ashford Castle’ which is a collection of images from last year’s award-winning Mayo Manchestr Tradfest tour of Mayo, which saw the group involved in a week-long tour of the North, South, East and West of the County featuring over 500 performers at 100 events. The exhibition will feature some of the performers and the places they visited which include an insider’s view of the world famous Ashford Castle. The group were invited to perform at the Castle and given a guided tour of the Hotel which included a visit to the wine cellars which is normally only given to visiting celebrities or Heads of State.

Other events include ‘The Women’s Heart’ Weekend which will feature a host of female performers with a Mayo Connection.

The Manchester Irish Festival Tradfest weekend takes place over the St Patrick’s weekend on Saturday 16 March and Sunday 17 March at Fred’s Ale House and live music venue. Performers include BBC Singer songwriter and Mayo Manchester Tradfest performer Claire Mooney who is celebrating thirty years in the music industry this year. Claire performs a concert on St Patrick’s Eve in the venue and the five piece ‘Moor Irish’ Trad group perform on St Patrick’s evening itself.

A special Mayo Day Evening Tradfest concert will take place in m19 Music Venue on Saturday4 May featuring the Mayo Man himself, Mr Peter Mylett. tThe award-winning singer will be launching his ‘Greenway Song’ on the night. Also performing on the night are the Grace Kennedy School of Irish Dancing and the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band.

The 2019 Mayo Day is to be dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities, and unquenchable spirit of County Mayo returns for its 5th year, Saturday 4th May 2019.

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