MayoDay Flagship Event
2019 sees the launch of a new theme for Mayo Day: The Mayo Word, representing our communities, our creativity, our connection to a pride of place both here in this county and around the globe. The Mayo Word will be discussed, celebrated and defined through this Mayo Day campaign, culminating in a flagship event taking place at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough on Saturday 4th May 2019.
Announcing Mayo Day 2019, Blackie Gavin Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day is a leading campaign of Mayo County Council that has gone from strength to strength over the past four years, from local national and international events, to an online social media presence that saw #MayoDay trending around the world. Mayo Day is a force to be reckoned with! I am delighted to see the 2019 flagship event take place at the National Museum in Turlough, the perfect setting for a festival of all things Mayo. it will be a wonderful opportunity for people from across the county and country to celebrate with the Mayo community”
Involving writers, poets, historians, musicians, business leaders and thinkers, athletes, innovators, communities and children; the campaign will focus on all the elements of where the Mayo Word can be found in discourse, stories, poetry, song, even non-verbal communication.
Peter Hynes CE of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day 2019 is all about asking ourselves the questions; what does being part of the Mayo community mean to me? How do I communicate my sense of pride of being from Mayo? The Mayo Word and how it is conveyed into action will be represented throughout all elements this year’s Mayo Day campaign and we ask people at home and away to start thinking about how they might like to get involved this year”
Now more than ever Mayo writers are achieving awards, accolades and top positions on best-selling lists around the world. Castlebar native Sally Rooney’s widely-acclaimed ‘Normal People’ scooped the coveted Eason Book Club Novel of the Year and was also shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Mike McCormick’s ‘Solar Bones’ is a one of the most celebrated new novels by an Irish writer in recent times. Cora Staunton’s award-winning biography and Mary Robinson’s ‘Climate Justice’ are two contemporary new releases that are making waves on the Irish bestsellers’ lists. Mayo writing has never been so relevant and the Mayo Word will honour and celebrate these achievements, along with many others.
Getting involved in Mayo Day 2019 will be easy for everyone. Communities, schools and third-level institutions will be involved in this year’s campaign, as well as businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators. The theme will be considered and cultivated through many local events and get-togethers . The flagship festival event will see the beautifully set Turlough house and gardens , transformed into a hive of Mayo Day celebration and creative wonderment with something for all the family and admission is free – further details will be announced shortly.
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