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Mayo County Council shortlisted for a record five projects in the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards

Date: 25-11-2020

Virtual award ceremony, hosted by Mary Kennedy, takes place  

Thursday, November 26th from 3.30pm 


Mayo County Council is delighted to have five projects shortlisted at the prestigious awards taking place tomorrow afternoon. 

The projects are:  

  • Making Positive Choices in Health & Wellbeing  
  • Weather Impact Register App – WIRE in Local Authority Innovation  
  • A Sustainable Agricultural Strategy for Mayo in Sustainable Environment  
  • Through the Ages in Age Friendly Initiative  
  • Virtual Mayo Day 2020 in Festival of the Year  

Making Positive Choices is a collaborative project which addresses road safety issues on the Mayo Islands. Its focus was on emphasising to young people the importance of making positive choices and providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge to prevent collisions and road traffic incidents in future. 

Weather Impact Register App, is a simple tool for local authorities (and other state agencies) to record and collate the actual impacts and some of the associated costs of climate change in their areas. The GIS based dataset together with the dashboard and filters developed alongside the App will provide a spatial distribution of risks and vulnerability and help identify the increasing severity and frequency of events that will inform climate adaptation planning. 

A Sustainable Agricultural Strategy for Mayo  

Mayo is a rural county where agriculture plays a vital role in underpinning the rural economy. Mayo County Council has engaged with stakeholders to develop a sustainable agriculture strategy that will drive economic development, support employment and create sustainable jobs in the county. The purpose of this strategy is to set out a series of actions that will help Mayo capitalise on opportunities and overcome barriers to developing this critical component of the local economy. 

Through the Ages is a unique collaboration set up during Covid-19 Lockdown 2020. Participants, aged 6 to 16, were asked to interview their grandparents about their memories of childhood and to record these stories in essay format for publication in a souvenir magazine, as well as for preservation in the Local History section of Mayo County Library. Interviews took place remotely due to the Covid restrictions and all participants were encouraged to handwrite their essays, thus creating a very authentic record for preservation in Mayo County Library. 

Virtual Mayo Day 2020 

In this extraordinary year of 2020, the people of Mayo got together again (virtually) with pride and with hope for Mayo Day, 2nd May. The virtual Mayo Day Live Show was a mix of chat, interviews, music, and messages of hope and solidarity for a special Mayo Day from well-known people from Mayo and those who love our county. The show concluded with the launch of a poignant and beautiful short film for Mayo Day called #OceansApart by Lorcan Hynes, a haunting film depicting how emigration and Covid-19 restrictions have impacted on Mayo families and friendships. 

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