Mayo Association Dublin

  • The winners of the Mayo Association Dublin annual awards were announced this evening at a press reception in the capital.

    The Virginia Gallagher Mayo Person of the Year award goes to Martina Jennings, CEO of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.

    The Young Mayo Person of the Year Award for 2020 goes to Cathal Gavin from Swinford.

    The 17-year old singer has raised money for a number of Mayo charities, and also had the honour of singing for Pope Francis.

    The Meitheal award goes to Ultra Cyclists from Swinford, who have undertaken charity cycles to raise money for local causes.

    The awards will be presented at a gala event in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin on Friday 14th February.

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    The Mayo Association in Dublin is this evening announcing the winners of their annual awards.

    The Mayo Person of the Year for 2019 is Westport businessman Cathal Hughes.

    Cathal, along with his brothers Harry and Owen, operate Hotel Westport and Westport House as part of the Hughes Group.

    He was also a founder of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, and led a national awareness campaign of carbon monoxide poisoning following the tragic death of his son Padraig on Christmas Day 2008.

    The recipient of the 2019 Mayo Meitheal Award is Mayo's Forgotten Famine Girls Remembrance Group.

    The group, chaired by Ballina-based historian and author Terry Reilly, researched the contribution made by 137 Mayo girls who were sent from the workhouses in Mayo to Australia during the Great Famine.

    And the 2019 Young Mayo Person of the Year award goes to Sara McFadden from Turlough, Castlebar, who became Ireland's first visually impaired motorsport navigator for tarmac rallying.

    The awards will be presented at the Yew Tree Ball in the Ballsbridge Hotel on 9th February.


  • Westport native, Bernadine MacBride Walsh was elected Chairperson of the Mayo Association at its annual general meeting last week. The meeting was hosted virtually for the first time ever due to current government restrictions.

    The very active Mayo Association in Dublin has like all association’s been restricted in the range of events it hosts annually, due to the present pandemic, but Bernadine and her newly elected committee intend to hit the ground running and continue with the extensive fund raising efforts and supports, that the association has long been recognised for.

    Bernardine’s great grand uncle was Major John MacBride, an Irish republican and military leader who was executed for his participation in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.  He was also one of the founding fathers of the Mayo Association Dublin in 1905.

    Congratulating Bernadine on her election to the position of Chairperson of the Mayo Association in Dublin – Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley asked her about her own Mayo roots...