Mayo Day 2019 will take place on Saturday 4th May. Mayo Day is the day dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities, and unquenchable spirit of County Mayo, and this will be its fifth year running.
It has garnered international recognition as a highly anticipated yearly celebration of Mayo community ethos, with activities taking place locally, nationally and internationally, catapulting the ties of Mayo togetherness onto a global scale. The Mayo Day 2018 ‘Made of Mayo’ event in Ballinrobe Racecourse was a great success, bringing people from throughout the county and far beyond together in celebration.
A new theme will be launched for for Mayo Day 2019: The Mayo Word, representing our communities, our creativity, our connection to a pride of place both here in this county and around the globe. The Mayo Word will be discussed, celebrated and defined through this Mayo Day campaign that will be launched in Spring 2019, culminating in a flagship event taking place at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough on Saturday 4th May 2019.
Announcing Mayo Day 2019, Blackie Gavin Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council said: “Mayo Day is a leading campaign of Mayo County Council that has gone from strength to strength over the past four years, from local national and international events, to an online social media presence that saw #MayoDay trending around the world. Mayo Day is a force to be reckoned with! I am delighted to see the 2019 flagship event take place at the National Museum in Turlough, the perfect setting for a festival of all things Mayo. it will be a wonderful opportunity for people from across the county and country to celebrate with the Mayo community”
Involving writers, poets, historians, musicians, business leaders and thinkers, athletes, innovators, communities and children; the campaign will focus on all the elements of where the Mayo Word can be found in discourse, stories, poetry, song, even non-verbal communication.
Peter Hynes, CE of Mayo County Council said: “Mayo Day 2019 is all about asking ourselves the questions; what does being part of the Mayo community mean to me? How do I communicate my sense of pride of being from Mayo? The Mayo Word and how it is conveyed into action will be represented throughout all elements this year’s Mayo Day campaign and we ask people at home and away to start thinking about how they might like to get involved this year.”
Now more than ever Mayo writers are achieving awards, accolades and top positions on best-selling lists around the world. Castlebar native Sally Rooney’s widely-acclaimed ‘Normal People’ scooped the coveted Eason Book Club Novel of the Year and was also shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Mike McCormick’s ‘Solar Bones’ is a one of the most celebrated new novels by an Irish writer in recent times.
Cora Staunton’s award-winning biography and Mary Robinson’s ‘Climate Justice’ are two contemporary new releases that are making waves on the Irish bestsellers’ lists. Mayo writing has never been so relevant and the Mayo Word will honour and celebrate these achievements, along with many others.
Mayo County Council, Mayo GAA and 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 our beloved 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 McHale Park, Croke Park and Gaelic Park, where the green and red of Mayo has shone brightly from the stands.
Manager of the Mayo Football team James Horan commented: “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.”
Getting involved in Mayo Day 2019 will be easy for everyone. Communities, schools and third-level institutions will be involved in this year’s campaign, as well as businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators. The theme will be considered and cultivated through many local events and get-togethers . The flagship festival event will see the beautifully set Turlough house and gardens , transformed into a hive of Mayo Day celebration and creative wonderment with something for all the family and admission is free – further details will be announced in early 2019.
Mayo Day, Mayo Local Community Development Committee and the Department of Rural and Community Development’s National Community Weekend initiative have funding available for community events taking place from May 4th – 6th 2019. Communities are invited to get involved by organising a local event under the theme of Mayo Day
Mayo Day and National Community Weekend are about connecting with neighbours and friends, strengthening relationships that are already established, opening new lines of communication to one another and fostering inclusivity for everyone.
There are many types of events that you can arrange from a Mayo Day ‘Street-feast’ to a coffee morning in the local Community Centre, a story-telling night, a sing-song or poetry reading, a performance or workshop. The ways you can get involved in the name of Mayo Day and National Community Weekend are endless.
Typical grants will be in the €100 – €400 range per event. If a community group has a larger initiative in mind, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 094 9064397 to explore your idea further. Applications for Irish language events are particularly welcome.
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