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

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

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

Food Village

Some Gastronomic delights also await in the Food Village where visitors can enjoy tasty fare from Noo Chocolates where Mary Corrigan will display for sale her famous handmade chocolates created using Mayo produce. If it’s something retro you are looking for drop by The Fire Slice for some amazing Woodfire Pizza created by Val. Jay will be on site with Mac & Spud to dish up his mouth watering mackerel and fried potato and why not stock up for your Sunday fry with some mouth watering sausages and pudding from Kelly’s of Newport Butchers.
Food Village

Art, 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. 
Some of those who will be in Turlough House this year include spectacular original and limited edition artwork from Saileen D’Art, Hand forged Ironwork & sculptures by Iron Excellence, Divas by Dee’s bespoke frames for all occasions and handmade violins and other bowed instruments by Kevin Sykes.
Lots more musical guests, food delights and craftspeople are to be announced in the coming weeks!
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.
Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, added; “The Mayo Day celebration has gone from strength to strength since it was first launched five years ago and has now become a force to be reckoned with.”
Art, Craft & Design Showcase

Artists Showcase

Artists Showcase

Birds of Prey


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!
Lá Mhaigh Eo

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

Enjoying #MayoDay 2018

Enjoying Mayo Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse

Musician Lisa Canny

Mayo Day 2018 held at Ballinrobe race Course. Musician Lisa Canny

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