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The Magic Of Mayo Day Is Heading To Belmullet And Chicago

Date: 28-03-2024

The weeks are counting down to the tenth anniversary celebrations of Mayo Day which will take place on Saturday, May 4th of the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

To celebrate Mayo Day turning ten, Mayo County Council are organising two Mayo Day events to be never forgotten to mark the milestone, one at home and one international.

The Mayo Day flagship event will this year be taking place in the beautiful town of Belmullet to coincide with the Belmullet 200 celebrations that are taking place over the year.

All the magic of Mayo Day and more will take over the scenic north Mayo outpost with music, art, food, culture, children’s fun, and games and more taking centre stage on the day.

The Mayo Day music stage will be taking up residence in the heart of Belmullet town centre in Carter Square with the first notes being struck from 12pm and will continue into the early evening with something for to everyone to get their toe tapping.

The dockside will transform into a food lover’s delight, with the ever-popular food village not only showcasing the best of locally produced food and drinks, but it will also play host to some of the finest chefs and cooks in the region who will be demonstrating their culinary skills to the audience. 

While you’re indulging your tastebuds make sure to check out Puball na Gaelige – the Mayo Day Irish language and cultural hub and with Mayo Day taking place in the north Mayo Gaeltacht capital of Béal an Mhuirthead make sure you stop in and immerse yourself in the Irish language.

Make sure you stop by on Barrack Street and check out the fantastic offerings of the crafters of Mayo, with everything from knits to art works, it is the perfect place to bring home something to remember your Mayo Day experience by and support the wonderful local crafters of Mayo.

On Main Street the motoring enthusiast will be able be able to while away the hours, with a selection of vintage and classic cars on display for the day.

Just a short walk from the middle of the town will bring you to Áras Inis Gluaire which is set to become a buzzing hub of art, family entertainment, food vans and the ever-popular displays from the Mayo Fire Service.

Mayo Day has something for everyone and this year in Belmullet it promises to be no different – so make sure to put Saturday, May 4TH firmly in your diary.

The green and red of Mayo will be flying high alongside the stars and stripes on the same day when the International Mayo Day Flagship event takes place in Gaelic Park in Chicago.

Mayo is set to storm the Windy City with a day to be remembered with a stunning line up of music, food, Gaelic Games, crafts, history, heritage, education, business and more taking centre stage in Gaelic Park.

There is going to be something for everyone of Mayo heritage on show in Chicago and it’s not just a one-day event, with Mayo Day spreading out for a second day on Sunday, May 5TH with more events planned to take place in the City by the Lake to celebrate Mayo Day in style.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Loftus is looking forward to the celebrations and is encouraging everyone at home and abroad to celebrate Mayo Day, he said: “Mayo Day is something that is to be celebrated all Mayo people wherever they are in the world. It is a day for us all to come together and celebrate what is great about Mayo and to cherish that we come from such a great county. It’s fantastic to see Belmullet hosting the local flagship event this year as part of the Belmullet 200 celebrations and that we are reaching out to our Diaspora with an event in Chicago. “

The full line up of music acts for both Mayo Day in Belmullet and Chicago will be released next week, so stay tuned to our social media channels @mayodotie and @mayococo on Facebook and X/ formerly Twitter.


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