International Events

In its fourth year, Mayo Day has garnered international success and recognition as a highly anticipated yearly celebration. Check out some International events which are listed below! 

The Peace Bridge which links the US (at Buffalo) and Ontario, Canada will go Red and Green!

Mayo set to take over Manchester for worldwide Mayo Day celebrations

Levenshulme village in South Manchester is set to be turned Green and Red for the worldwide Mayo Day celebrations on Saturday 5 May. Levenshulme is home to one of the biggest Mayo diaspora communities in the UK and Mayo Manchester are taking over the popular m19bar on Stockport Road in the centre of the vilage to stage a special Mayo Manchester Mayo Day Tradfest. 

The group are flying over The Murphy Sisters from Mayo to headline the concert, the three piece Vocal harmony Trad group have just recently finished a Tour of France with the Urban Voices project. Supporting the group on the night is Orlagh Kenny plus the Manchester based Trad group Moor Irish and The Grace Kennedy School of Irish Dancing and Peter O'Connor from the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band.

Mayo Manchester have teamed up with Hotel Westport and Westport House to give away a two night stay for 2 at the Four Star Hotel and a two day pass at the award winning Westport House.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented "We have just finished a very successful  two week Mayo Tourism campaign during this years Manchester Irish Festival. We can't wait for our special Mayo Day concert, it s a great line up and we hope that the Mayo community in Manchester will be out in force to support their County.Tickets for the Mayo Day Tradfest are available online from £5 and to enter the Mayo Day competition to win a two night stay at he 4 star Hotel Westport and a two day pass at Westport House visit . Tickets are also available from Freds Ale House on Stockport Road in Levenshulme.


The Leeds/ Yorkshire Mayo Association are delighted to host a Mayo gathering on Mayo Day , the first one to be held in honour of Mayo day since the Society’s inception. After a very successful Mayo Association Dinner held in February of this year which had 3 members of MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL as invited guests. A representative of the association said they were looking forward to celebrating Mayo Day on the same day as other “Mayo Citizens” around the World. “ We recognise the unique occasion that Mayo Day is and we would like to do our celebration and contribute in our own way to the celebration of Mayo Culture on May 5th.” The Mayo Flag will be proud to be raised in Leeds and the local association are proud of the vibrancy of their organisation and the connection with Mayo on the day.”


Buneos Aires

The Hurling Club in Buneos Aires will host a Special Mayo Day Event in the Hurling Club in Buneos Aires. To Commemorate the historical connection with Mayo where Admiral Brown the Founder of the Argentine Navy was born, the local Hurling Club will follow on from their historic visit to Foxford in September 2013 by hosting a Poc Fada in Hurlingham , Buneos Aires on May 5th. The Mayo flag will be raised in honour of the event on the day and a special message of good will be sent across the Atlantic from one the most scenic venues in all of Argentina. The Sport of Hurling has recently been revived in the city of Buneos Aires after the All-Star GAA trip to the city in 2009. Bernardo Devereux the Club President will oversee the special Mayo Day event and is delighted to send a positive message out around the world to the Mayo Diaspora. “We are delighted to host this Mayo Day event and we send best wishes to the Mayo Diaspora around the World.”

Marijampole, Lithuania.

In December 2017, the first ever twining between a Municipality in Ireland and Lithuania took place . The historic agreement took place between MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL and Marijampole City Municpaility. The two regions were first linked in 2010 with the 75 year celebration of the anniversary of the flight of Felix Vaiktkus; the 5th man in history to fly a single engine aircraft across the Atlantic, the flight went from Chicago to Cloongowla , Ballinrobe. The flight was scheduled to land near Vilnius in Lithuania but Weather Conditions and fuel supplies played their part in the plane landing in Ballinrobe. The event has been celebrated ever since.
Marijampole , Lithuania are proud to celebrate their connection with Mayo. The square in Marijampole will see the hoisting of the mayo flag and a special Mayo Day gathering hosted by the local Municipality. Head of International Relations; Neringa Tumeliene,  a recent visitor to Mayo will host the event which will see a large cross-generational gathering of people do a “flash mob” for Mayo day that is sure to go viral on social media outlets.


The technical Institute in Lisbon will celebrate Mayo Day on May 5th. Carlos Diogo Henriques will host a Mayo gathering in one Europes finest Cities. Flying the Portuguese flag with the Mayo flag, the event will celebrate both the Maritime past of Mayo and Lisbon. Following the Institutes participation in the Feile na Tuaithe in National Museum in Turlough, Castlebar in 2014 they are indeed proud to keep the connection and celebrate the Maritime history of both regions. From the Palacio Fronteira to the Museu Militar to the Mosteiro De Sao Vicente De Fora the city boasts a fine Cultural heritage. Both Mayo and Lisbon share a rich Cultural Heritage that is more than Monuments, its about shared stories and experiences, food, crafts and cultural traditions. As this is the European Year of Cultural Heritage it is appropriate that the 2 places are connected through a Heritage academic platform.


Krsko, Slovenia will see an imaginative Mayo Day celebration on May 5th ; Ksenja Kragl who has worked in mayo for a number of years and is now the Head of a local Tourism Organisation in Slovenia is organising a Mayo Day event in this scenic part of Europe. It was while working on the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail that  Ksenja developed a great interest in Mayo and in particular how walking routes like this may be linked all over Europe. Now working developing a similar walking Routes in Slovenia where the local Craft Food Produce is celebrated on the routes, Mayo day will see the essence of both areas reflected in the special Mayo Day Celebration in Slovenia. At the centre of the outdoor gathering will be a very prominent mayo Flag, Proud to celebrate our linkages.


Muscat may seem like an unusual location for Mayo Day event, but Irelands links and Mayo’s links  with Oman will made a little stronger again this year with another hosting of a Cic Fada in Muscat on Saturday May 5th for Mayo day. Chairman of the local GAA club and Achill native Kevin Corrigan is organising another event this year and is very proud of his Mayo links and the connection with events here in Mayo on Mayo Day. “ There is no better way to connect with home when you are abroad by being part of the local the GAA club. We are proud to host our Cic Fada for Mayo day again.”

The Middle-east has seen many GAA championships played in recent years. In 2012, the Oman GAA was founded in Muscat by Steph McQuaid with the support of the Middle East county Board. The World GAA games were held there in 2016. The Oman Jersey colours are Green, Red and White, very similar to the Jersey worn by Mayo in 2004 All-Ireland Semi-Final. The participants for the Cic Fada will don both Jerseys for the occasion on May 5th.


The Irish Community in Philadelphia will celebrate Mayo Day in style on Saturday. A Mayo Dinner will take place at the Irish Centre in Philadelphia , which will celebrate Culture, Music, history, towns and villages of County Mayo. A Mayo tree will be planted “known as the Tree of Life”. A remembrance wreath will be laid at Penn’s landing in centre city in Philadelphia prior to the evening dinner.

All details are on the Mayo Association Philadelphia facebook page

New York

The County Mayo Foundation will host a special event at Battery Park City's Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City to celebrate #MayoDay. The event will also honor the resilience of all those who left Mayo during the Great Irish Hunger, as well as celebrating the many generations of the Mayo diaspora who made New York their home. Foundation President Jim Waldron, who will lay a wreath at the memorial to honor the Mayo diaspora in New York, said the event is an opportunity for reflection.
Speakers will include Mr. Waldron, CMF Vice President Siobhan Carney and Eileen Flannelly Mackell, president of the Irish Institute of New York. A lone piper will play a tribute to Mayo's diaspora, and Broadway/TV and film actress Maria Deasy will read the Doolough tragedy episode from "Worlds," a novel by John Kearns, in addition to singing "The Green and Red of Mayo."


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