Mayo: Making friends in the city of Philadelphia

Mayo association philadelphia

The Mayo Association of Philadelphia is a non-profit Irish-American association made up of sons, daughters and descendants of Co Mayo. The association was founded in 1905.

Among the Association’s activities are

  • Donations to a number of charities in the Philadelphia area, Co Mayo, and other parts of the world
  • Working with other organisations in contributing to the construction of Knock Shrine and Knock Airport in Co Mayo, Galway Cathedral and The Irish Memorial at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia
  • Helping organisations who assist physically and mentally challenged children such as Western Care, Áras Attracta in Co Mayo, and St John of God in Westville, New Jersey
  • Staging the Annual Mayo Ball, the association’s principal fundraising event, on the first Saturday in November

Seán McMenamin is the current President of the Mayo Association of Philadelphia, having previously served in that position from 1971 to 1972. 

Born in Killadangan, Westport, Co Mayo, he attended school in Westport CBS before working in England for six years.  He arrived in Philadelphia in 1966, the year he met his wife Johanna who passed away in 2010.

Mr McMenamin served two years in the US Army and then went on to attend Spring Garden College, and acted as a volunteer track coach for 17 years at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls where all three of his daughters attended.  He has been very active in Irish-American and GAA activities.

The Mayo Association of Philadelphia would love to hear from Mayo people in Philadelphia and beyond. 

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