Mayo Day 2019

Mayo Day, the day dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities, and unquenchable spirit of County Mayo returns for its 5th year, Saturday 4th May 2019.

The theme of the 2019 Mayo Day is 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.

Mayo Day 2019


The first musical acts to play at this year’s festival have now been confirmed and it will see some of the best young musicians in Ireland take to the stage at the Museum of Country Life.


Keywest is a multi-award winning, multi-platinum selling band from the UK and Ireland. They are a 4 piece band based in Dublin that have created an infusion of folk, rock and pop. The band is made up of Andrew Kavanagh (vocals), Andrew Glover (guitar/keys/vocals), Jimi Lock (lead guitar) and Harry Sullivan (drums/percussion).
They began playing on the cold streets across Ireland "busking" initially just to survive and pay the rent. They have now sold over 150,000 CDs through their own independent label, reached number one in the Irish album charts and toured across Ireland, the UK and Europe.


Keywest, Mayo Day

Lisa Canny

Born and bred in County Mayo, Lisa Canny is a notably talented musician; best known for her enchanting covers and captivating live performances. Crowned UK “Future Music’s” Songwriting Champion in 2016, followed closely by a Late Late Show performance, a top 5 debut E.P. release and a sell-out UK and Ireland tour in May 2018, her homecoming show is one not to be missed.

Lisa Canny, Mayo Day


Cronin are an Irish band based around brother Johnny and Michael Cronin.

They have a strong Mayo connection with their Father comming from Crosmilina and their Maternal Grandmother from Ballycastle and have graced the stage of Mayo Day previously.

They have had a few eventful couple of years which saw them share stages and play with the likes of Bono, Van Morrison among others and seen jamming with Hollywood star Johnny Depp at the Wedding of Shane MacGowan back in November.

They have released 1 critically aclaimed debut album called "The First Kiss of Love" which saw guest performances from fiddling Waterboy Steve WickhamJJ72's Mark Greaney, vibmaster BP Fallon reading John Donne, Mod Godfater Irish Jack Lyons reflecting on past love and Pogue Shane MacGowan giving one of his trademark screams amongst others.

2019 see's them releases more new material as well as hitting the stages of many festivals in Ireland and Europe.

Cronin, Mayo Day, #MayoDay

The Hit Machine Drummers

Returning to the Mayo Day main stage after having wowed the audience at Mayo Day 2018, we look forward to welcoming The Hit Machine Drummers.

The Hit Machine Drummers bring the noise and the energy. Invigorating crowds since 2013, they have been taking events to the next level all over Ireland and abroads with their spell-binding drum show that gets the audience pumped up and ready to party!

Hit Machine Drummers, Mayo Day

Aidan Bolger

Having been playing on the live music scene in Ireland and the UK for over a decade, we look forward to having Castlebar based singer-songwriter Aidan Bolger on the main stage at #MayoDay on Saturday May 4th National Museum Of Ireland - Country Life.

Having released his debut album with a full band, 'Hell for Leather' in May 2018, Aidan is now focused on writing and recording what he describes as "acoustic folk with a combination of melodic riffs and thoughtful lyrics" and is hoping to release an EP later this year.

Aidan Bolger, Mayo Day

Tommy Stenson - Sean Nós Dancer

Tommy Stenson, Mayo Day

Midfield Pipe Band

Midfield Pipe Band, Mayo Day

Lá Mhaigh Eo

Once again this year Lá Mhaigh Eo will become a major part of the 2019 flagship event The Mayo Word. The Gaeilge Mhaigh Eo Area will be showcasing everything thats charming and inviting about our Irish Language and Heritage through Live Music, Dance, Arts, Crafts, Food, Demonstrations agus ar ndóigh neart neart craic!! Our Special Guest on the day will be An tUasal Joe Byrne, (Presenter of Ceol agus Ealaíon, Midwest Radio) a gentleman well known to us all for his love of Gaeilge, Ceol agus Caint.  We will also have live Music with Seoda, Damhsa ar an Sean-nós le Liam Scanlon agus buaiteoirí an Chomórtas Amhrán Nua Chumtha trí Ghaeilge!

Buail isteach chugainn i bpuball Ghaeilge Mhaigh Eo, agus má tá cúpla focal agat nó má cheapann tú mór duit féin mar dhamhsóir, beidh míle fáilte roimh chách!
La Mhaigh Eo, Mayo Day, #MayoDay

Helena Byrne - Storytelling


Join storyteller and singer Helena as she delves into the superstitions, folklore and music of an Ireland of times past, alongside incredible stories of Irish emigration through the ages; Mayo and the Great Famine, the Addergoole 14 and the Titanic, John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and so much more.

Suitable for adults - 1 hour running time



Join storyteller and singer Helena for this fun and interactive storytelling experience. Helena tells magical stories of the Irish Fairies, the Leprechaun and spooky Irish ghost stories that your wee ones will thoroughly enjoy!

Suitable for children +5 - 30 minute running time


Helena Byrne, Storytelling, Mayo Day

The Neighbourhood

Join us in the ‘Neighbourhood’ where you will Meet Mayo County Council staff and check out some of our initiatives helping to make Mayo a great place in which to live.

Come and meet some of our new Mayo citizens from Burma, Africa, Russia, Syria and Palestine to experience their culture demonstrated with performances and displays throughout the day.

Why not get a Henna tattoo or learn how to make an edible water pouch with our Interactive environmental workshops or even test your brake reaction time and virtual headsets with our Road Safety office.

It promises to be a day of fun with entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.


The Neighbourhood, Mayo Day, Mayo County Council

Food Village

Gastronomic delights await in the Food Village where visitors can enjoy amazing food including woodfired pizza from Val and The Fire Slice, mouthwatering mackerel and fried potato prepared by Jay and his Mac & Spud team, cakes and treats served up buy the Rustic Apron and healthy juices from Nádúrtha Soul Foods among others. 
Food on the day from:
The Fire Slice, Americano Ice Cream, The Swinging Grill BBQ, ErZoMa German Hot Food & Crafting, The Rustic Apron, Mack & Spud, Meenaghan's Seaweed, Collins Coffee Camp
Food Village

Made of Mayo - Craft & Design Showcase

Peter Hynes Chief Executive 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 is represented throughout all elements this year’s Mayo Day campaign.”
The Made of Mayo Craft & Design showcase will be returning in 2019. This is an opportunity for premium artisans and designers to display their valued work in a relaxed showcase environment. 
Check out some of the fantastic offeringg on the day
Bianko, Fia Choille Teo, CABOTS of Westport, Noo Chocolates, Dozio’s of Mayo, Kellys of Newport, Little Cheesecake Shop, Snack Pack Candy Floss

Hawthorn Handmade Skincare, Big Leap Designs, Iron Excellence, Saileen D’Art, Kevin Sykes Violins, Against the Grain Woodcraft, Glen Keen Farm, Cloch Design, Réalta Naturals, Divas by Dee, Crafted by Sandra Mc, Mark McCue Ceramics, Orangerium, The Mood Designs, Rothlú, Oatlands Farm, Magoo's

Made of Mayo, Mayo Day, Craft, Design, Showcase

Art Exhibition

Mayo Arts Service are delighted to work with Castlebar-born Emer McGarry to curate this year’s exhibition at Turlough House. Emer is currently Interim Director at The Model, Sligo which is home of The Niland Collection, and is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres.  

Mayo has a vibrant arts community and this exhibition presents a selection of work in a variety of media and offers a wonderful view of the breadth of arts practice in the County. The selection includes artists Niamh O’Malley, Mick O’Dee and Joanna Hopkins to name a few.

Art Exhibition

The Writer's Corner

Where better to spend some time on this Mayo Day – which celebrates The Mayo Word – than in the Writer’s Corner, accessed through the courtyard at Turlough House.

Come and catch up with the lives & works of some of Mayo’s most prominent contemporary writers – including Sally Rooney, Mike McCormack, E.M. Reapy, Eimear McBride, and more. There’ll be a book shop selling only Mayo books, and some live readings and performances with writers including Terry McDonagh, Ger Reidy, Martin Keaveney and others. Some local writers groups will also be on hand on the day, and the Writer’s Corner offers an opportunity to dip a toe in the works of Mayo’s finest writer, or to plunge in and go for full immersion.


Writer's Corner, Mayo Day

Artists Exhibition

A selection of work in a variety of media offering a wonderful view of the breadth of arts practice in Mayo

This exhibitions will run in both the Courtyard and the House

Artists Showcase

Birds of Prey

Falconer Jason Deasy will be on site for demonstrations and a talk.

- Flying demonstrations on the main driveway at 12.30pm and 2pm
- Meet the birds behind the Museum Galleries at 1.20 and 3.30pm

Falconry, Birds of Prey, Mayo Day

Children's Workshop Marquee

- Pizza Making with Ronan Fox at 12.30, 1.15, 2.00 and 2.45pm
- Cupcake Decorating with Dorothy Canavan at 1.00, 1.30, 2.15, 2.30, 3.00 and 3.30pm.
- Puppet Making with Carmel Balfe from 12.30 to 5.30pm.
- Make Harvest Knots with the Museum Education Team throughout the day.
- A Handing Materials Display from the Museum Collections and Mayo Genealogy and Heritage Groups. All day.
Children's Workshop Marquee

Watersports - Mayo Adventure Experience

Castlebar's leading outdoor activity provider, Mayo Adventure Experience, will be at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life next Saturday, May 4th for Mayo Day.

The lake on the grounds will play host to canoeing and stand-up boarding and promises great family fun for all ages.


Mayo Adventure Experience, Mayo Day, Jarlath McHale, #MayoDay

Qi Gong with Jian Xiong

Fun to learn and a joy to do. There are many health benefits to Qi Gong so why not try it on Mayo Day at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough.

Join Jian Xiong on the main driveway at these times: 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm.


Qi Gong, Mayo Day

Celebrating Film at Mayo Day 2019

This year Mayo Day celebrates 'The Mayo Word’ in its many forms.  Part of the celebrations will focus on film and filmmakers, who have been inspired by Mayo, it’s landscape and its people. 

Mayo Day in partnership with Film Mayo and Clare Island Film Festival are set to bring you a selection of short films, all with a Mayo connection and all having previously been screened at Mayo’s only contemporary film festival, the Clare Island Film Festival. 

Below listed are the films being screened on Mayo Day. 

Become Invisible          Edward Costello                                        10mins      

An Mhallacht                 Cóilín Ó Scolaí                                           17mins

Islanders Rest               Claudius Gentinetta                                  18mins

Changing Tides             Mia Mullarkey and Jasmina Jasinska     4mins

Still Dancing                  Bjorn MacGiolla                                        10mins 

The Green road to the Lighthouse      Daniela Gross                   10mins       

Full information on these short films can be found at this link:



Celebrating Film at Mayo Day 2019

Mayo Fire Service

Make sure to check out Castlebar Firefighters Mayo at Mayo Day this Saturday, May 4th at National Museum Of Ireland - Country Life.

They will be on hand on the day and will have demonstrations in the car park on Fire Safety

Mayo Fire Service, Mayo Day

The Castlebar to Turlough Greenway

With the forecast for Mayo Day at National Museum Of Ireland - Country Life this Saturday looking good, why not check out the fantastic Greenway from Castlebar to Turlough as an alternative option of travel?

A great option for those who would like to cycle or walk to the event!

Greenway, Turlough, Castlebar, Mayo

Mark My Words – Poetry and Art at Mayo Day

A partnership between, Mayo Arts Service, Mayo Day, Mid-West Radio and Poetry Ireland’s Poetry Day Ireland and Writer in Residency programme.

During March and April, Mayo Arts Service and Mayo Day in partnership with Poetry Ireland provided a poetry and art workshop to four primary schools in the Castlebar Municipal District, Co. Mayo. Over a four-hour workshop, the participating primary schools worked with Mayo poet, Terry Mc Donagh and Mayo Artsquad Artist, Rónán Quigley.  During the workshop, the students wrote their own poetry and created and designed large-scale cards of their poetry and art work. Their completed work is on display in the National Museum of Country Life - Turlough on May 4th as part of Mayo Day.  Midwest Radio interviewed the keys participants involved in Mark My Words on The Tommy Marren shown on Poetry Day Ireland which took place on May 2nd.

Participating schools are part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools initiative, St. Patrick’s De La Salles B.N.S Castlebar, St Peter's National School Snugboro, Castlebar Educate Together N.S and St. Anthony’s N.S Castlebar.

Full information on Mark My Words can be found at this link:


Mark My Word, Mayo Day, #MayoDay

One County, One Team, One Jersey, ONE DAY

Mayo County Council, Mayo GAA and Elverys have come together for a very special campaign in celebration of one of the best-loved days of the year. This year’s #MayoDay on Saturday 4th May will be celebrated in Mayo, New York and around the globe. To mark the day in a special way, a strictly limited-edition Mayo Day GAA jersey will be worn by our beloved footballers for their first-round championship game against New York in Gaelic Park on Sunday 5th May.

The inspiration behind the #MayoDayJersey campaign comes from Mayo people, both at home and abroad, their pride and passion for the green and red has been running through the veins of Mayo, and the streets of New York for centuries. The Mayo Day jersey is an emblem for all the men and women who wear and have worn the colours with great pride, as we do here in

The retro design of the jersey reflects the quintessential GAA look and is modelled on the traditional style of a football jersey as a nod to the many pride-filled days in MacHale Park, Croke Park and Gaelic Park, where the green and red of Mayo has shone brightly from the stands.


One County, One Team, One Jersey, ONE DAY

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