Mayo Day Live – Global Voices
1.00 – 3.00pm, Saturday 2nd May
This Saturday May 2nd, Mayo Day will take place solely online, with a live show on www.mayo.ie and Mayo.ie’s Facebook Page.
Like previous years’ Mayo Day will be filled with music and entertainment, but this time www.mayo.ie will be the stage for Mayo Day Live – Global Voices presented by Liam Horan and Louise Duffy, it will broadcast live from 1.00 – 3.00pm on www.mayo.ie.
The show will be a mix of chat, interviews, music and messages of hope and solidarity for a special Mayo Day from well-known people from Mayo and those who love Co. Mayo.
Viewers can look forward to an exclusive interview with internationally acclaimed chairperson of The Elders, and Ballina native, Mary Robinson, who will speak about what Mayo means to her and give her thoughts on the current global epidemic. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring will speak to Mayo Communities at home and away on a very special Mayo Day 2020.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and former Taoiseach Enda Kenny will send us their messages for the people of Mayo, as too will Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces Mark Mellett together with a number of well know civic and public leaders from our county.
Beautifully recorded performances from some of Co. Mayo’s most talented will also feature on the show, including a song from Cathal Gavin - Mayo Young person of the Year 2020, the inimitable Lisa Canny - no stranger to Mayo Day performances, Stuart Moyles promises to bring some high energy to the show along with trad enthusiasts Billow Wood.
Former RTE newsreader Michael Murphy will also send his wishes for #MayoDay, along with well-known TV and radio personalities such as RTE’s Aoibheann Ní Shuilleabhain, Virgin Media’s Ray Foley and Today FM’s Ed Smith and Phil Cawley.
There will also be link-ups with our global Mayo communities in London, New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Malaysia, Dubai, and Sydney and closer to home, from our Mayo Associations in Galway, Dublin and Manchester.
Engage with us during the show by tweeting with #MayoDay
Saturday 2nd May 2020
Now in its sixth year, Mayo Day, the official day that honours the people and place of Co Mayo, will take place on Saturday 2nd May.
We will fly our flags for our county and for our people, but rather than coming together at a flagship event we will celebrate with our families in the safe environs of our homes and gardens. This year, Mayo Day will take place solely online, with live streams and content on www.mayo.ie and Mayo.ie’s social media channels.
There will be Mayo Day music and entertainment like previous years’ events, but this time www.mayo.ie will be the stage for Mayo Day Live – Global Voices, featuring joyous performances from artists such as Lisa Canny, Cathal Gavin and Stuart Moyles coming to you live from their homes.
Mayo Day Live – Global Voices, presented by Liam Horan and Louise Duffy will also feature interviews from Mayo people in communities in New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Malaysia , Dubai, and Sydney and closer to home, from our Mayo Associations in Galway, Dublin and Manchester.
As part of a special campaign ‘A minute for Mayo’ messages from National and International leaders and familiar Mayo faces will grace the screen with messages of hope and solidarity on this special Mayo Day of 2020,
Since we cannot enjoy the spectacle of Mayo GAA performing in McHale Park for another while yet, Two familiar faces from our Mayo team will perform their skills live in your home with an exclusive Mayo Day Skills Session which will air on Mayo.ie Facebook page at 11am. We ask all budding footballers to wear their colours and tag us in videos of their best attempts at replicating their heroes’ skills – the winning entry will receive a signed Mayo Day jersey!
Although, at this time, we cannot visit the incredible parts of this county, we want to highlight our many beautiful places with a collection of the most-loved images of Co Mayo shared on our social media channels – to remind us all of how lucky we are to have so much on our doorsteps and we can look forward to enjoying #WhenWeTravelAgain.
Every year Mayo Day places a spotlight on our indigenous craft and food companies at our flagship event, this year we will ‘Support Local’ with an online marketplace on www.mayo.ie linking to companies who have online stores and are open for business during this time.
#HometoMayo is a competition for you to win two flights home to Mayo from anywhere around the world for someone you love or for yourself in better days ahead! To win we want to see your ‘Mayo Moment’ a special moment of what mayo means to you or during the current period of restriction - photos and videos from your home with your family, your pets, your garden, your newly sowed raised beds – all of these are moments that are part a very unusual time in our lives. By sharing them with us you could share an even more special moment in 2021 with a loved one who is currently living abroad.
The next instalment of the Mayo Day video ‘Our People, Our Place, Our Day’, that went viral around the world in 2017, will be released on Wednesday 29th April just in time for #MayoDay2020
Mayo Day is all about wearing your green and red with pride, no matter where you reside in the globe. This year will be no different, we ask you to wear and fly the colours as emblems of connection with one another. We hope that you will place your flags in your windows, in your gardens, or tie red and green ribbons or scarves around your trees to show that We Stand With You our frontline workers from Mayo who are working so hard and giving up so much to fight the virus. We ask for EVERYONE to show their green and red on Mayo Day in honour of the resilience that we have mastered as a people over the generations.
This Mayo Day is a chance to be part of the global Mayo family reunion and it promises to be something really special !
We ask that you use the dedicated hashtag #MayoDay to share with us your involvement as part of a day that will bring our county together as we remain apart.
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This year, Mayo Day, the day that is unique to our county will go ahead on Sat, 2nd May. Mayo day is always special, but this Mayo Day will be even more special, given the unique situation in which we find ourselves.
For the past six years we have flown the green and red flag with pride; pride in our county, pride in our people, pride in our place and pride in our heritage.
In this extraordinary year of 2020 we will again fly the flag with Pride and with Hope ! We will again reach out to our Communities and our Diaspora, scattered as they are across the world to unite our people at a time of global crisis. We will not be coming together at public events of celebration but we will be using technology to celebrate the spirit of a resilient people at this time.
Mayo people have survived through centuries of adversity and this Mayo Day we will have an opportunity to reach out, to link up, to support each other and to mark that incredible Mayo Spirit which never recognises defeat !
Never was that Mayo Spirit more needed!
Never was that Mayo Sense of Community faced with such a global challenge.
Never was Mayo Sense of Inclusion so vital to our collective wellbeing.
This Mayo Day is a chance to be part of the global Mayo family re-union and it promises to be something really special !
Cathoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy stated” Mayo Day has been a fantastic initiative that has highlighted the unique people and place that is our County. While we won’t be celebrating by coming together for events this year, but we are looking forward to Mayo Day bringing our people across the globe together for one day . Now more than ever our coming together is so significant.
CE of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes said “Mayo Day has always been about celebrating our people and place. While we will not be physically meeting in our communities this year to celebrate this year, technology and Mayo.ie will enable us all to be part of a moment of unity, of defiance, of commemoration and of hope for the future. It is probably the most important Mayo Day to date and circumstances which we hopefully will not see again”
Mayo.ie will update you over the weeks ahead about ways you can get involved in Virtual #MayoDay2020, so please keep your eyes peeled for how you and your family can be part of a day that will bring our county together as we remain apart.
For further information, news and updates stay tuned to
And follow #MayoDay, #HometoMayo find out more.
#HometoMayo #MayoMoment #MayoDay
We recently launched the #HometoMayo competition, as an opportunity for you to win two flights home to Mayo for someone you love or for yourself. Soon after we went live the Covid-19 restrictions were put in place, so we have amended the t&c’s so that the winner can fly anytime in 2021 – (pandemic restrictions lifted)
The #HometoMayo competition is simple, we want you to send a photo or video of your most memorable ‘Mayo Moment’ to be in with a chance to win two flights ‘Home to Mayo’ from anywhere around the world in better days ahead!
Whether it’s a photo from 30 years ago, a photo especially taken for the competition or even an Instagram video taken as you go about your day, the competition is open to all content new or old. As long as it’s completely original and conveys a special moment in time, taken of County Mayo or of Mayo people or descendants, be they anywhere around the world!
For example, the video or photo could be of you spending this time with your children playing in the garden or saying hello to cocooning grandparents, of a beautiful Mayo landscape from your kitchen window today, or you could send in a scan of a family member’s Communion day in 1987. Others might enter the competition with phone footage or images of friends and family in Mayo jerseys standing outside Gaelic Park or in Times Square, New York. Another entry might be of your favourite pet taken from your back yard, or a moment on the street of Ballina at Other Voices 2020, a family embracing in the airport in Knock or Naples, or a family snap from the top of Croagh Patrick – the options are endless!
The content is completely subjective, but it must be strongly linked to Mayo and is 100% original and owned by the entrant. The successful image or video will win two flights from anywhere around the world, be it for themselves or loved ones who live away and the flights can be booked from now, right up to the end of 2021.
In order to enter the competition, we ask people to:
Photos and videos may be displayed on social media and as part of an exhibition at the Mayo Day flagship event in Turlough House on Mayo Day.
Terms and conditions are available here
As part of Mayo Day 2020 we want to send love around the world to the people we are missing most and to our frontline healthcare workers.
We are asking children to help us by colouring in this drawing to the best of your ability! Our only ask is that the colours of the hearts be GREEN and RED, after that the rest of the design is up to you! The winning entry will be used on Mayo Day May 2nd as our online emblem, we will use it as our social media icon for a campaign that will be sent around the world.
All entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent directly to our Facebook page.
Best of Luck! #MayoDay2020
Download and print off your page for colouring here
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