Mayo Day 2018 - Made Of Mayo

Mayo Day is a day dedicated to the celebration of the arts and culture, vibrant communities, and unquenchable spirit of Mayo and its people. Now in its fourth year, Mayo Day has garnered international success and recognition as a highly anticipated annual celebration. Previous Mayo Days saw activities take place locally, nationally and internationally and has captured people’s attention both within the county and around the world.

This year the team behind Mayo Day at Mayo County Council are inviting you to get involved and put your own stamp on Mayo Day by ‘Taking on the Mayo Spirit’. How you participate is up to you, you could organise an event, where your group, committee, society, school, business, family or friends come together to do what you love to do in the name of Mayo. Mayo Day activities can take place not just on Mayo Day alone, but over the long weekend ,from Thur 3rd – Mon 7th May!

Those participating via the Public Participation Network can avail of small bursaries that are available for participants who create a unique take on ‘Taking on the Mayo Spirit’. It doesn’t matter how large or small scale the end result, as long as it represents your love of Mayo. Contact  if you would like to find out more.

2018 also sees the arrival of an incredible new flagship festival event Made of Mayo, taking place in the beautifully situated Ballinrobe Racecourse, which will be transformed into a hive of Mayo Day celebration and artistic wonderment with something for all the family and admission is free.

The multifaceted event will include a spellbinding art exhibition featuring artworks from the best of Mayo artists, and artworks by artists inspired by their time in county Mayo. Coordinated the Mayo County Council Arts Office, and selected by Director of the iconic RHA, Patrick T. Murphy this inaugural exhibition will reveal the true inspiration of County Mayo as seen through the eyes of the most talented artists.

Made of Mayo will have so much more to be explored too including Made of Mayo Literary Corner hosted by the County Libraries, a showcase of the finest Mayo Food and Craft companies displaying the recognised and valued work of the best in the County. Here you can purchase the food and craft produce on display and support your local craftspeople as part of the spirit of #MayoDay2018.  Engaging and fun Made of Mayo Workshops will provide activities for all the family .

After much enjoyment of the arts, crafts and workshops you may want a bite to eat and enjoy some music in the Made of Mayo Music & Food Village, where entertainment and the best of Mayo food will await.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Cllr Richard Finn outlined “The unique celebration that is Mayo Day has really grown year on year and the enthusiasm in which Mayo people have seized the opportunity to recognise their County shows that Mayo is definitely leading the way in County Pride. The Made of Mayo Festival at Ballinrobe Race course has the potential be one of the best Mayo Day events to date and provides a fantastic opportunity to see the very best of Mayo Art, design, craft, food, music and much more in a premium location”

Enquires in relation to your Company showcasing at Made of Mayo can be directed to the Communications Department at Mayo County Council

There is so much more to be announced in the coming weeks in relation to what to expect at this event.  Keep an eye on and follow #Mayoday2018 to find out more.



Artist Brushes


Mayo Day 2018 - Made of Mayo

Mayo artists are invited to submit artworks to be included in an exhibition which will be the major focal point of this year's Mayo Day celebrations. As always Mayo Day is an opportunity to celebrate our Mayo spirit and take pride in that special corner of the world that so many County Mayo natives are so proud of.

A high profile event will be staged at Ballinrobe Racecourse on 5th May open to the public and showcasing the very best of Mayo creative talent. We are seeking submissions from professional practicing visual artists based in or from County Mayo. The selection will be made by Patrick T. Murphy RHA Director.

Work can be in any format. A maximum of three pieces will be accepted.

All artists selected to exhibit will be paid an exhibition fee of €50

There will be further paid opportunities for artists who would like to be present at the opening events to talk informally about the work to the public.

Work can be labelled as available for sale and no commission will be taken 

All work must be delivered to the chamber at Ballinrobe County Council Buildings, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe on Monday 9th April between 10am- 4pm with a completed Application form. The application form is available to download here:

Application Form

Works that are not selected for the exhibition have to be collected on Monday 16th April before 4pm.

Any queries to Co-ordinator Breda Mayock Tel: 087-785 0344


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