Mayo Day 2021

  • This Saturday is Mayo Day, with a programme of events planned for Mayo people around the world to enjoy virtually.

    The first event takes place this evening, promoting Mayo as a place to do business.

    In collaboration with the Irish Times, Mayo - A World Class to do Business is a panel discussion exploring Mayo's economy, and how to move forward.

    The free event gets underway at 6.30 pm this evening, and to register, log onto www.irishtimes.com/MayoDay

    Martina Hughes of Mayo County Council says this is the 7th annual Mayo Day, with all events taking place virtually once again this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic...

  • There was record engagement with people worldwide during Mayo Day 2021 at the start of this month.

    The virtual event is estimated to have reached in excess of 36 million people.

    44 different countries took part in the celebration of “everything Mayo”.

    These figures were outlined today by Martina Hughes of Mayo County Council’s Communications Office at an SPC Cultural and Heritage meeting of Mayo County Council.

    100,000 people interacted with the programme of events for Mayo Day 2021 and the overwhelming response was very positive, Martina told today’s meeting.

    In addition there was a huge local, national and international response to the TG4 programme aired on the evening of Mayo Day entitled Mayo day Ár bPobal  - Our People.

    The audience figures for this TV programme has not yet been fully established but will be available shortly.

    In response Ballinrobe based Fine Gael councillor Michael Burke congratulated the local authority on the day, but nonetheless, he argued that in his opinion, south Mayo was not well represented on the TG4 programme. He also felt that there should have been greater emphasis on Ireland West Airport Knock and Knock Shrine.

  • The hugely successful Mayo Day celebrates its seventh year on Saturday, 1st May 2021 with an outstanding programme of events to be viewed from around the globe.

    It’s a virtual festival again this year, but if anything, that has expanded the reach of this extraordinary celebration of all things Mayo.

    The emphasis is on People and Place and taking this opportunity to showcase Mayo to a worldwide audience.

    Details are being kept under wraps but some of the biggest names in the Mayo diaspora are expected to make guest appearances this year.

    Highlights for #MayoDay include a one-hour flagship TV programme broadcast on Mayo Day evening on TG4 and the TG4 Player, and an online collaboration with The Irish Times focusing on business and enterprise on the evening of Thursday, April 29th.

    It’s a unique occasion as Mayo remains the only county with its own name day, celebrating achievements, heritage and culture, diaspora and community spirit.

    The TG4 extravaganza will feature the best of Mayo music and culture, conversation and craic, and showcase the incomparable beauty of our Atlantic county.

    Guest appearances are expected from the Mayo diaspora in every corner of the planet and even beyond, with astronaut Norah Patten due to drop by.

    The standard of musical performances will be exceptional with Matt Molloy of The Chieftains, Laoise Kelly, Billow Wood, Lisa Canny and more. 

  • Ahead of Mayo Day this Saturday, schools across the county will take part in the My Green and Red Thumb day tomorrow.

    This is a road safety campaign, designed to raise awareness of the risks of distraction from using a mobile phone while on roads and streets.

    Traditionally, people have put a string on their finger to remind themselves of something - and this original idea for this campaign came from a driver who painted his thumb nail red to remind him not to use his phone while driving - every time he saw his red nail, he was reminded of the message.

    Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal road collisions in Ireland, and the Mayo Road Safety Office is urging drivers not to use their phones while driving.

    Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says drivers who use their phones are four times more likely to crash, killing or injuring themselves or others.

    He's calling on people across Mayo to show their support for this event by painting your thumb red and green and posting a picture of it on social media to highlight the dangers of using a phone while on the road.

    Schools will get involved by flying the Green & Red flag tomorrow, wearing the Mayo jersey and painting their thumbs green and red, while workplaces are also embracing the campaign.

    Meanwhile, Mayo communities worldwide are planning events to celebrate their Mayo heritage on Saturday - the 7th annual Mayo Day.